Josemaria Escriva. Founder of Opus Dei - On this day Life and teachings of Saint Josemaria day by day <![CDATA[28.8.1974]]> In Caracas, Venezuela, Saint Josemaría was asked how to pray. He said: “You know that our Lord is in the Tabernacle, but he is also in the centre of our souls in grace. And so whenever you say ‘I firmly believe that you are here…’, no matter where you are, on a bus, wherever, you have God our Lord within yourself, in the centre of your soul; and you go ahead with your prayer. I’m not going to tell you anything else, because conversation with God our Lord has to be something very personal.”]]> <![CDATA[Feast of Saint Monica]]> Feast of Saint Monica, the mother of Saint Augustine. On one occasion Saint Josemaría said to a mother who was worried because her son had turned away from God: “Remember Saint Monica. Could anyone have gone further from God than Saint Augustine? But she, by praying, sometimes with tears, brought him back to God. And afterwards he became a great Bishop, a great Doctor of the Church. So your son can come back; he will come back! Not only that, but he’ll do a lot of good to others.”]]> <![CDATA[1958.8.26]]> St Josemaría with Fr Alvaro del Portillo and Fr Javier Echevarría, at St Dunstan’s Church, Canterbury, England, where St. Thomas More’s head is buried. A few days before, in a letter to people of Opus Dei in Spain, he had written: “I will only say that I think our stay in England is providential, and that many good works can be done here for the glory of God. Pray, invoke our Mother Mary as our intercessor as always, and we’ll see great deeds of our Opus Dei accomplished in this crossroads of the earth, for the good of souls throughout the world.”]]> <![CDATA[1938.8.25]]> St Josemaría wrote in some preaching notes: “Means for acquiring Love: what is big begins by being small. Little things…”]]> <![CDATA[1940.8.24]]> “I really needed this retreat. The sinner Josemaría must become a saint,” noted St Josemaría on this date during a spiritual retreat he was doing in Segovia, Spain.]]> <![CDATA[1971.8.23]]> St Josemaría heard in his soul, with an irresistible force that filled him with peace, the phrase “Adeamus cum fiducia ad thronum gloriae, ut misericordiam consequamur!” (“Let us go with confidence to the throne of glory that we may obtain mercy!” Cf. Hebrews 4:16.) He said afterwards, “This morning, at breakfast, our Lord put these words into my head. They are like a reply to the collective clamor which must have gone up to heaven yesterday, the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, because everyone was praying so much. We have to appeal to our Lord’s mercy as we pray.”]]> <![CDATA[Feast of the Queenship of Mary]]> Feast of the Queenship of Mary. St Josemaría once wrote, “Who could be a better Teacher of the love of God than this Queen, this Lady, this Mother, who has the closest bond with the Trinity: Daughter of God the Father, Mother of God the Son, Spouse of God the Holy Spirit? And at the same time she is our Mother! Go and pray personally for her intercession.”]]> <![CDATA[Feast of St Pius X]]> Feast of St Pius X. St Josemaría referred to this holy Pope in Christ is Passing By, where he wrote: “Forgive me if I go back to another childhood memory — a picture that became very common in my own country when St Pius X was encouraging the practice of frequent Communion. It represented Mary adoring the Sacred Host. Today, as in those days and as always, our Lady teaches us to come to Jesus, to recognize him and to find him in all the different situations of our day. And nowhere is she more a teacher than at the supreme moment of the holy sacrifice of the Mass, where time blends with eternity. Jesus, with the gesture of a high priest, attracts all things to himself and places them, with the breath of the Holy Spirit, in the presence of God the Father.”]]> <![CDATA[1938.8.20]]> St Josemaría wrote in his “Personal Notes”: “I see myself as so wretched that often I stick my head in the oratory to say to Jesus, ‘Don’t trust me. I, yes, do trust you, Jesus. I abandon myself in your arms, and leave there what is mine – my wretchedness!’ Were I not to do this, I think I would go crazy with so many things churning inside me. I abandon myself to Jesus Christ, with all my wretchedness. And whatever he wants, at each moment, fiat! Monstra te esse matrem!” [Be it done! Show that you are a Mother!]]]> <![CDATA[1931.8.19]]> “There is no excuse for those who could be scholars and are not.” This is the 332nd point in The Way, originating in a phrase St Josemaría wrote down on this date.]]>