Josemaria Escriva. Founder of Opus Dei - On this day Life and teachings of Saint Josemaria day by day <![CDATA[1934.10.30]]> “School has started at the DYA, and I expect much supernatural fruit, fruit of Catholic formation and culture, from this house,” he wrote to the Vicar General of Madrid, speaking of a hall of residence for university students which he had just set up.]]> <![CDATA[1931.10.29]]> “For quite a few days, I have been making these journal entries kneeling down, out of necessity, because I have to write in my room and a chair won’t easily fit in. But it occurs to me that since they are a sort of confession, it will be pleasing to Jesus if I always write them this way, kneeling down. I’ll try to keep this resolution,” he wrote, referring to the notes he made about his interior life.]]> <![CDATA[1931.10.28]]> “I don’t think I have any enemies. In my life I’ve met people who have done me real harm. I don’t think of them as enemies: I’m not important enough to have any. However, from today onwards I shall count them all among my benefactors, and pray for them to God every day,” he wrote on this date.]]> <![CDATA[1932.10.27]]> “Never take a decision without stopping to consider it in God’s presence,” he wrote.]]> <![CDATA[1931.10.26]]> “In Christ we have every ideal, for he is King, he is Love, he is God. There is no greater love than Love itself!” he wrote in his notebook.]]> <![CDATA[1960.10.25]]> Opening of the University of Navarre, which had already been functioning as an institute of higher education for several years, stimulated by Saint Josemaría. “The University of Navarre was founded in 1952 – after many years of prayer, I am happy to say – with the idea of being a university which would express the cultural and apostolic ideals of a group of professors who felt deeply about education. It aimed then, as it does today, to contribute side by side with the other universities to solve a serious educational problem in Spain and in many other countries, which need people who are well-trained in order to build a more just society.”]]> <![CDATA[1942.10.24]]> “Difficulties borne for love of God always bring fruitfulness,” he wrote.]]> <![CDATA[1966.10.23]]> While he was celebrating Holy Mass he had a mystical experience which he described very simply the next day. “At the age of sixty-five I have made a marvelous discovery. I love celebrating Holy Mass, but yesterday it cost me a huge effort – tremendous exertion! I saw that the Mass really is Opus Dei, work, toil, just as his first Mass – the Cross – was toil for Jesus Christ. I saw that the job of the priest, celebrating Holy Mass, is to labor to make the Eucharist: you experience suffering, and joy, and tiredness. I felt in my flesh the exhaustion of a divine labor.”]]> <![CDATA[1946.10.22]]> He prayed before the statue of Our Lady of Ransom in Barcelona. Years later, he said: “Little by little there is coming true what I desired so strongly back in the 1940s, when I came to prostrate myself at the feet of Our Lady of Ransom, and frequently, too, before the statue of Our Lady of Montserrat on her holy mountain; when I spoke to my children in this beloved city and reminded them of the words in St John’s Gospel: ‘Veritas liberabit vos, the truth will make you free’ (John 8:32).”]]> <![CDATA[1960.10.21]]> He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Saragossa. In his address he said: “It is over thirty-five years since I left the lecture-halls of the University of Saragossa and the land of Aragon where I was born. All those long years have not effaced from my mind the memory of the University and the land, nor drowned out the affection I feel for them in my heart. Whether I am in Rome, the Eternal City, close to the tomb of Peter, or traveling the roads of Europe, their memory has stayed very much alive in me.”]]>