Josemaria Escriva. Founder of Opus Dei - On this day Life and teachings of Saint Josemaria day by day <![CDATA[25-7-1974]]> During a gathering in Peru he took his rosary out of his pocket, showed it to the people there and kissed the medals on it. In 1932 he had written: “When I say the Rosary (…) I contemplate the mysteries of the life, passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ, taking part actively in the deeds and events, as a witness, a servant and a companion of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.”]]> <![CDATA[24-7-1974]]> “Illness is a very great gift. I have seen so many people who were really happy in their sufferings. (…) When sick people learn to make use of their sufferings and pain to offer them to God for specific intentions, in reparation, they find that they just can’t do enough, and suffering is no longer suffering: it is a treasure.” This is what Saint Josemaría said in Peru to a nurse who asked him how she could help her patients to accept their sufferings in a Christian spirit.]]> <![CDATA[1956.7.23]]> Saint Josemaría was appointed consultor to the Sacred Congregation for Seminaries and Universities, and also honorary academic member of the Roman Pontifical Academy of Theology. “A university must educate its students to have a sense of service to society, promoting the common good with their professional work and their activity. University people should be responsible citizens with a healthy concern for the problems of other people and a generous spirit which brings them to face these problems and to resolve them in the best possible way. It is the task of universities to foster these attitudes in their students,” he said in an interview published in Conversations with Monsignor Escrivá de Balaguer in 1967.]]> <![CDATA[22-7-1932]]> “Have confidence in your guardian Angel,” wrote St Josemaría. “Treat him as a lifelong friend — that is what he is — and he will render you a thousand services in the ordinary affairs of each day.”]]> <![CDATA[21-7-1969]]> Saint Josemaría watched the televised account of the first moon landing. Monsignor Alvaro del Portillo later described how deeply Saint Josemaría appreciated all kinds of human realities. “He read the daily papers, watched the news on television, he liked love-songs, he used to pray for the astronauts who were going to land on the moon… He was very approachable, he inspired people with confidence and was very welcoming.”]]> <![CDATA[20-7-1947]]> St Josemaría relaxing during a summer school for university students in Molinoviejo, Spain. He wrote in The Forge: “You should make sure that wherever you are there is that good humor — that cheerfulness — which is born of an interior life.”]]> <![CDATA[19-7-1938]]> St Josemaría celebrated Holy Mass in the Cathedral of St James of Compostela, Spain, in the crypt where the Apostle’s remains are venerated. He wrote later in Christ is Passing By: “He has called us too and asks us, as he asked James and John: ‘Are you ready to drink the cup’ — that cup which means giving yourself fully to the will of the Father — ‘which I am going to drink?’ ‘Possumus! Yes! We are ready!’ is the reply of John and James. Are you and I really ready to carry out, in everything, the will of our Father God? Have we given our Lord our whole heart, or are we attached to ourselves and our interests and comfort and self-love? Is there anything in our lives out of keeping with our Christianity, something which makes us unwilling to mend our ways? Today we are given a chance to set things straight.”]]> <![CDATA[18-7-1944]]> In his “Personal notes” he wrote some words on Fr José María Somoano, one of the first people to join Opus Dei. “He died as a victim of charity in the King’s Hospital (…) on the night of the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to whom he was deeply devoted and whose holy scapular he wore. As this feast fell on a Saturday, that same night he was undoubtedly rejoicing in the possession of God. A beautiful soul (…) He is with God, and will be a great help. I had a lot of hopes in his upright, energetic personality; God wanted him for Himself; blessed be God.”]]> <![CDATA[17-7-1944]]> St Josemaría was diagnosed as having severe diabetes, which he continued to suffer from until 1954. To judge by external symptoms, the illness must have existed for some time previously; he used to get home extremely tired, with severe headaches and attacks of fever, which he attributed to the exhausting amount of work he was doing. After the diagnosis he did not change his lifestyle or his commitment to the apostolate except when he was actually confined to bed.]]> <![CDATA[Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel]]> Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. St Josemaría wrote in The Way about the devotion of the Scapular:“Wear on your breast the holy scapular of Carmel. There are many excellent Marian devotions, but few are so deep-rooted among the faithful, and have received so many blessings from the Popes. Besides, how maternal this sabbatine privilege is!”]]>