Josemaria Escriva. Founder of Opus Dei - On this day Life and teachings of Saint Josemaria day by day <![CDATA[1932.4.20]]> Saint Josemaría had at home a little statue of our Lady, which has not been preserved. He had a special devotion for it. He used to call it “Our Lady of the Kisses”, because he would always give it a kiss on going out and coming home. On today’s date he wrote: “between half past six and seven I could see, for some time, how the face of my Lady of the Kisses was filled with happiness, with joy. I looked at it closely: I thought it was smiling, because that was the effect it had on me, but the lips didn’t move. Very peacefully, I said many nice things to my Mother.”]]> <![CDATA[1943.4.19]]> "If we are to become what our Lord and we desire, we have to lay solid foundations, first and foremost on prayer and expiation (sacrifice). Pray: I'll tell you again, never omit your meditation when you get up; and every day offer up all the day's difficulties and sacrifices as expiation." Saint Josemaría wrote this in an early letter to Isidoro Zorzano, an engineer, who was one of the first people to ask for admission in Opus Dei. The photograph, taken on this date, shows them together in the San Fernando Sanatorium, Madrid, four months before Zorzano's death. Isidoro Zorzano's process of canonization was opened in 1948."]]> <![CDATA[1933.4.18]]> “You... proud? About what?” wrote Saint Josemaría on this date. It was to become no. 600 in The Way.]]> <![CDATA[1927.4.17]]> On Easter Sunday, 17 April that year, Saint Josemaría was in Saragossa, Spain. Two days later he moved to Madrid, where he spent the next ten years. He later wrote in his “Personal Notes”, “As I walked along the street. I was thinking how Madrid has been my Damascus, because it was here that the scales fell from the eyes of my soul and that I received my mission.” He meant that in Madrid God had made him “see” Opus Dei.]]> <![CDATA[1954.4.16]]> Saint Josemaría said: “None of us has been mass-produced. Our Father has created us one by one and shared out different goods among his children. It is up to us to use these talents, these qualities, in the service of all men. We are called to use the gifts God has given us as instruments to help others discover Christ”.]]> <![CDATA[1932.4.15]]> Saint Josemaría wrote in his “Personal Notes”: “Jesus: your donkey believes in you, loves you and hopes in you. Make me holy, my God, even if you have to beat it into me. I don’t want to be an obstacle to your Work. I want to respond fully, I want to be generous… But what sort of wanting is mine?”]]> <![CDATA[1970.4.14]]> “This is a land of our Lady, where she chose to leave proof of her love for mankind. I have come here once again to ask her not to abandon us, but to look after the Church and to look after us,” said Saint Josemaría on a visit to the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal.]]> <![CDATA[1973.4.13]]> “I ask all Christians to pray earnestly for us priests that we learn to perform the Holy Sacrifice in a holy way. I ask you to show a deep love for the Holy Mass and in this way to encourage us priests to celebrate it respectfully, with divine and human dignity: devoutly, without rushing, looking after the cleanliness of the vestments and other things used for worship.” Saint Josemaría’s words in the homily “A Priest Forever” which he gave on this date.]]> <![CDATA[1953.4.12]]> Saint Josemaría looked at Villa Tevere, Opus Dei headquarters in Rome, when it was still under construction. Some years earlier, speaking of all that needed to be done to get Villa Tevere under way, he wrote in a letter: “The house? I don’t know. The first difficulty is that we have no money. But that difficulty doesn’t mean much, because we’ve been vaulting over it for the past twenty years. The great difficulty would be if we were not able to move the Heart of Jesus with our lives… ordinary, joyful, heroic… and everyday.”]]> <![CDATA[1939.4.11]]> Saint Josemaría, with his brother Santiago and Ricardo Fernandez Vallespin, looked at the remains of the Ferraz students’ hall of residence after the Spanish Civil War. The new hall of residence had opened its doors just five years earlier, and St Josemaría had written to the Vicar of the Diocese of Madrid to inform him: “School has started at the DYA, and I expect much supernatural fruit, and fruits of Catholic formation and culture, from this house. I feel very confident in this hope because our work is founded on prayer and sacrifice. I can tell you with no exaggeration that these boys of ours are heroic. If only you could see how they go about their tasks here at the house – young university teachers down on their hands and knees; engineers painting walls; young lawyers, medical interns, and students (who actually study) doing the work of carpenters – and how they put their own savings into this apostolate!”]]>