Josemaria Escriva. Founder of Opus Dei - On this day Life and teachings of Saint Josemaria day by day http://www.josemariaescriva.info/ <![CDATA[1912.4.23]]> Saint Josemaría made his First Holy Communion. He said years later, “I was then ten years old. An old Piarist father, a good, simple and devout man, prepared me for it, and it was he who taught me the words for a spiritual communion.” The prayer is: “I wish, Lord, to receive you with the purity, humility and devotion with which your most holy Mother received you, with the spirit and fervour of the saints.”]]> <![CDATA[1941.4.22]]> Saint Josemaría’s mother, Dolores Albas, died unexpectedly on this day in Madrid, while her son was away in Lerida giving a spiritual retreat to clergy...]]> <![CDATA[1974.4.21]]> Saint Josemaría was talking to one of the participants in an international university congress held in Rome at this time. He had said in an interview about the university: “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.”]]> <![CDATA[1973.4.21]]> Saint Josemaría was talking to one of the participants in an international university congress held in Rome at this time. He had said in an interview about the university: “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.”]]> <![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?”]]>