Josemaria Escriva. Founder of Opus Dei - On this day Life and teachings of Saint Josemaria day by day <![CDATA[1972.10.4]]> “Being a good Christian means being a good student, being happy, with the good qualities of young people, of which there are plenty. When I hear people saying bad things about young people today I get annoyed, because you do the same things as we all did, those of us who are no longer young, when we were your age. So don’t worry. Young people have many virtues, and what’s more you have drive and enthusiasm. Study, don’t lose your cheerfulness, and use your friendliness to take Christ’s teaching everywhere.” He said this in a gathering with students in Moncloa university residence during a journey through Spain and Portugal that he began on this day, during which, for two months, he carried out an intense catechesis, meeting thousands of people to speak to them about God.]]> <![CDATA[1932.10.3]]> He left Madrid to do his spiritual retreat for that year. The day before he had written: “Tomorrow I go to Segovia for a retreat, close to St John of the Cross. I have asked, I have begged, for a lot of prayers. We shall see.”]]> <![CDATA[1928.10.2]]> By divine inspiration he founded Opus Dei. He was doing a spiritual retreat in Madrid, Spain. Three years later he wrote: “I received the illumination about the whole Work while I was reading through those papers. Overwhelmed, I knelt down (I was alone in my room, between talks) and thanked God, and I am still moved to remember the sound of the church bells of Our Lady of the Angels… From that day onwards the ‘mangy donkey’” [he meant himself] “realized what a beautiful but heavy load God our Lord, in his inexplicable goodness, had placed on its shoulders. That day the Lord founded his Work: from then on I began to do apostolate with young lay-people, whether students or not. I formed groups. I prayed and got others to pray. And I suffered…”]]> <![CDATA[1967.10.1]]> He visited Tajamar School in Madrid, Spain. On arriving in the staffroom he explained that the social projects such as schools, clinics and training centers undertaken by the faithful of Opus Dei throughout the world are set up “where there is poverty, unemployment, sadness and suffering, so that the suffering may be borne with joy, so that the poverty may disappear, so that the unemployment may cease because we train people to be able to find work, and so that we can bring Christ into everyone’s life in so far as they wish, because we are all for freedom.”]]> <![CDATA[1931.9.30]]> “I have a real obsession with requesting prayers: from nuns and priests, from pious lay-people, from the sick people I take care of, from everyone, I ask an alms of prayer for my intentions, which are, naturally, the Work of God and vocations for it,” wrote St Josemaría.]]> <![CDATA[Archangels Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel and Saint Raphael]]> The Church celebrates the feast of the Archangels Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel and Saint Raphael. Referring to the Angels, Saint Josemaría wrote n. 339 of The Forge: “We have no right to claim that the Angels should obey us – but we can be absolutely sure that the Holy Angels hear us always.”]]> <![CDATA[1932.9.28]]> “As of yesterday I have a small crucifix, with a very worn-down figure, which my father (may he rest in peace) always carried with him. It was given him on the death of his mother, who used it all the time. As it’s very poor and worn out, I don’t dare give it to anyone, and so the holy memory of my grandmother (a great devotee of the Blessed Virgin) and my father will increase my love for the Cross,” wrote St Josemaría.]]> <![CDATA[1931.9.27]]> In Madrid St Josemaría carried out his pastoral work among the sick in the slums. The photograph shows a note with a request for today from those working in the Foundation for the Sick. “I spent many hours on that work, and I’m only sorry it was not longer. And in the hospitals, and in the houses where the sick people were – if those hovels can be called houses. Those people were abandoned and ill; some had an illness which in those days was incurable: tuberculosis.”]]> <![CDATA[1959.9.26]]> St Josemaría receiving a visit from a group of mothers in Rome. Over the years he received hundreds of visits in Villa Tevere, Opus Dei’s central house. In order to make the best use of time supernaturally, Saint Josemaría always prepared to talk to these people only about God. Before each meeting he would silently pray the verse from Psalm 141: “Pone, Domine, custodiam ori meo (Set, O Lord, a guard on my mouth)”, and he never failed to pray to each person’s Guardian Angel. As a memento of the visit he would give them a rosary “for you to wear it out by praying it”.]]> <![CDATA[1938.9.25]]> St Josemaría began a spiritual retreat. A few days later he wrote: “Monastery of Saint Dominic of Silos, the eve of the Dedication of Saint Michael the Archangel, 28 September 1938. I’ve been doing this retreat for three days… without doing anything (…) Are these days going to be sterile? And yet my Mother is my Mother, and Jesus is – dare I? – my Jesus!”]]>