Josemaria Escriva. Founder of Opus Dei - On this day Life and teachings of Saint Josemaria day by day <![CDATA[1932.1.26]]> “Don’t let your life be barren. Be useful. Make yourself felt. Shine forth with the torch of your faith and your love.With your apostolic life, wipe out the trail of filth and slime left by the corrupt sowers of hatred. And set aflame all the ways of the earth with the fire of Christ that you bear in your heart.” Saint Josemaría wrote the lines which would become the first point in The Way on this date.]]> <![CDATA[Conversion of Saint Paul]]> The feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul is celebrated by the Church today. Saint Josemaría wrote about Saint Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, in Friends of God: “Where did St Paul get all his strength from? Omnia possum in eo qui me confortat! I can do all things, because God alone gives me this faith, this hope, this charity. I find it very hard to believe in the supernatural effectiveness of an apostolate that is not based, is not solidly centred, on a life of constant conversation with Our Lord. Yes, right there in our work; in our own home, or in the street, with all the small or big problems that arise daily. Right there, not taken away from those things, but with our hearts fixed on God. Then our words, our actions — our defects! — will give forth the bonus odor Christi, the sweet fragrance of Christ, which others will inevitably notice and say: ‘Here is a Christian’.”]]> <![CDATA[Our Lady of Peace]]> The feast of Our Lady of Peace is commemorated today by the Church in some parts of the world. The church of the prelature of Opus Dei, where the mortal remains of Saint Josemaría are venerated, is dedicated to Our Lady of Peace. “Holy Mary is the Queen of peace, and thus the Church invokes her. So when your soul or your family are troubled, or things go wrong at work, in society or between nations, cry out to her without ceasing. Call to her by this title: Regina pacis, ora pro nobis— Queen of peace, pray for us.” Have you at least tried it when you have lost your calm? You will be surprised at its immediate effect” (Furrow, 874).]]> <![CDATA[1929.1.23]]> “If I am not going to be a priest who is not just good, but holy, tell Jesus to take me as soon as possible!” This was the message Saint Josemaría entrusted to a very holy woman called Mercedes Reyna on her deathbed.]]> <![CDATA[1973.1.22]]> “O Joseph, fortunate foster-father of God himself and Spouse of Mary, look down on us in your kindness from the heights of heaven this day.” This prayer was one which Saint Josemaría had learned as a child, and he repeated it to his spiritual sons on this date.]]> <![CDATA[1933.1.21]]> Saint Josemaría gave his first class of Christian formation to three young students. Years later he said, “When the class was over, I went to the chapel with those boys, and I took our Lord sacramentally present in the monstrance, raised him, and blessed those three,… and I saw three hundred, three hundred thousand, thirty million, three billion…, white, black, yellow, of all the colors, all the combinations that human love can produce. And I fell short, because this has become a reality after not even half a century. I fell short, because our Lord has been generous beyond my wildest dream.”]]> <![CDATA[1933.1.20]]> “It only takes a second. Before setting about anything, ask yourself: ‘What does God want of me in this?’ Then, with God’s grace,... do it!” This point in The Way originated in a text Saint Josemaría wrote on today’s date.]]> <![CDATA[1934.1.19]]> “What a wonderful thing it is to be a child! When a man asks a favour, his request must be backed by a list of his qualifications. When it is a child who asks — since children haven’t any qualifications — it’s enough for him to say: ‘I’m a son of So-and-so.’ ‘Ah, Lord,’ — say it to him with all your heart! — ‘I am a son of God!’” Saint Josemaría wrote this passage on this date; it would later become no. 892 of The Way.]]> <![CDATA[1932.1.18]]> “Sunday I will dedicate to the Blessed Trinity; Monday, to my good friends the holy souls in purgatory; Tuesday, to my guardian angel and all other guardian angels, and to all the angels in heaven without distinction; Wednesday, to my father and lord Saint Joseph; Thursday, to the Blessed Eucharist; Friday, to the Passion of Jesus; Saturday, to the Blessed Virgin Mary, my Mother.” This was a resolution noted by Saint Josemaría on this date.]]> <![CDATA[1935.1.17]]> Saint Josemaría with Ricardo Fernández Vallespín, an architecture student, and Juan Jiménez Vargas, a medical student, while he was living in Madrid and developing his priestly apostolate with people of all ages and walks of life.]]>