Josemaria Escriva. Founder of Opus Dei - On this day Life and teachings of Saint Josemaria day by day <![CDATA[1942.9.23]]> Father Jose Miguel, a Carmelite, died. In the winter of 1917-1918, in Logroño, St Josemaría had heard God’s call as he saw the bare footprints left by this friar in the snow. Years later, recalling that moment, he said: “I began to have inklings of Love, to realize that my heart was asking me for something great and that it was Love.”]]> <![CDATA[1931.9.22]]> “I was considering God’s goodness towards me, and, filled with inner joy, I could have shouted out in the street for everyone to hear my filial gratitude: ‘Father, Father!’ And, though not shouting, I kept calling him that (‘Father!’), under my breath, again and again, sure of pleasing him. I seek nothing else: I only want his pleasure and his Glory: all for him,” St Josemaría wrote.]]> <![CDATA[1958.9.21]]> St Josemaría in the Netherlands, on one of the trips he made through Europe to prepare the beginnings of Opus Dei’s apostolate. Later on he wrote to the faithful of Opus Dei in that country: “My dear children: may Jesus keep all of you always in laetitia (in joy) for me! I hope – I know – that we will have many very good things in that wonderful country of tulips.”]]> <![CDATA[1934.9.20]]> St Josemaría wrote in a letter that he had explained Opus Dei in full to his mother, sister and brother: “A quarter of an hour after reaching this town (I’m writing this from Fonz, though I’ll post it tomorrow in Barbastro), I spoke to my mother, sister and brother about the Work, in broad terms. How much I had importuned our friends in Heaven for that moment! Jesus helped them to take it very well indeed.”]]> <![CDATA[19.9.1898]]> Wedding of St Josemaría’s parents. “They loved each other very much, and suffered a lot in life, because our Lord had to prepare me (…). I always saw them smiling,” he said of them in Chile, in 1974.]]> <![CDATA[1933.9.18]]> “There is nothing better in the whole world than to be in a state of grace,” St Josemaría wrote today, as point 286 of The Way.]]> <![CDATA[1934.9.17]]> In a letter written on this date from Monzon, Spain, St Josemaría described a train journey as follows: “Right from Madrid, I started playing a divine contest: scanning the horizon, so as to say something to Jesus in every Tabernacle we passed. What’s more, I prayed the Breviary this morning with greater solemnity than in a cathedral choir: I invited all the Guardian Angels in my compartment to sing the Lord’s praises with me. Never lose sight of the Angels, my children!”]]> <![CDATA[1942.9.16]]> “May Jesus bless my daughters and keep them for me. I pray for you many times a day,” wrote St Josemaría in a letter.]]> <![CDATA[Our Lady of Sorrows]]> Our Lady of Sorrows. “Woman is stronger than man, and more faithful in times of suffering: Mary of Magdala and Mary Cleophas and Salome! With a group of valiant women like these, closely united to Our Lady of Sorrows, what work for souls could be done in the world!”]]> <![CDATA[1931.9.14]]> “Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: 1931. How today’s Epistle filled me with joy! In it the Holy Spirit, through St Paul, teaches us the secret of immortality and glory… This is the sure path: through humiliation, to the cross; and from the cross, with Christ, to the immortal glory of God the Father,” St Josemaría wrote.]]>