Josemaria Escriva. Founder of Opus Dei - On this day Life and teachings of Saint Josemaria day by day <![CDATA[29-7-1974]]> St Josemaría in a gathering with students at the University of Piura, one of Opus Dei’s corporate works in Peru. He had written in 1967: “Everyone who has sufficient ability should have access to higher education, no matter what his social background, economic means, race, or religion. As long as there remain barriers in these areas, democratic education will be little more than an empty phrase. In a word, the universities should be open to all and should educate their students so that their future professional work may be of service to all.”]]> <![CDATA[28-7-1974]]> “Saint Joseph, father of Christ, is also your father and your lord. Ask him to help you,” St Josemaría had written in The Way. The photograph shows him in Lima, Peru, in front of a statue of Saint Joseph on this day.]]> <![CDATA[27-7-1974]]> “My Daddy is in heaven. I want you to tell me a bit about heaven,” Carmina, who was seven, told Saint Josemaría at a gathering in Lima, Peru. He answered: “I’m delighted that you ask me about heaven, where everyone loves God very much and everyone’s very happy. In heaven, Daddy is very happy right now and he’s blessing you. The Father blesses you in Daddy’s name, and God does too.”]]> <![CDATA[1933.7.26]]> “You are ambitious: for knowledge, for leadership, for great ventures. Good. Very good. But let it be for Christ, for Love,” wrote St Josemaría in a note which would later appear as point 24 of The Way]]> <![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.”]]>