Josemaria Escriva. Founder of Opus Dei - On this day Life and teachings of Saint Josemaria day by day <![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.”]]> <![CDATA[19-7-1938]]> St Josemaría celebrated Holy Mass in the Cathedral of St James of Compostela, Spain, in the crypt where the Apostle’s remains are venerated. He wrote later in Christ is Passing By: “He has called us too and asks us, as he asked James and John: ‘Are you ready to drink the cup’ — that cup which means giving yourself fully to the will of the Father — ‘which I am going to drink?’ ‘Possumus! Yes! We are ready!’ is the reply of John and James. Are you and I really ready to carry out, in everything, the will of our Father God? Have we given our Lord our whole heart, or are we attached to ourselves and our interests and comfort and self-love? Is there anything in our lives out of keeping with our Christianity, something which makes us unwilling to mend our ways? Today we are given a chance to set things straight.”]]> <![CDATA[18-7-1944]]> In his “Personal notes” he wrote some words on Fr José María Somoano, one of the first people to join Opus Dei. “He died as a victim of charity in the King’s Hospital (…) on the night of the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to whom he was deeply devoted and whose holy scapular he wore. As this feast fell on a Saturday, that same night he was undoubtedly rejoicing in the possession of God. A beautiful soul (…) He is with God, and will be a great help. I had a lot of hopes in his upright, energetic personality; God wanted him for Himself; blessed be God.”]]> <![CDATA[17-7-1944]]> St Josemaría was diagnosed as having severe diabetes, which he continued to suffer from until 1954. To judge by external symptoms, the illness must have existed for some time previously; he used to get home extremely tired, with severe headaches and attacks of fever, which he attributed to the exhausting amount of work he was doing. After the diagnosis he did not change his lifestyle or his commitment to the apostolate except when he was actually confined to bed.]]> <![CDATA[Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel]]> Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. St Josemaría wrote in The Way about the devotion of the Scapular:“Wear on your breast the holy scapular of Carmel. There are many excellent Marian devotions, but few are so deep-rooted among the faithful, and have received so many blessings from the Popes. Besides, how maternal this sabbatine privilege is!”]]> <![CDATA[15-7-1932]]> “Great holiness lies in fulfilling the little duty of every moment. Eve of the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 1932,” wrote St Josemaría on the back of a picture of our Lady.]]> <![CDATA[14-7-1974]]> St Josemaría took part in a gathering of hundreds of people in Miralba, Lima, Peru. He began by begging their pardon for his weak voice: “I don’t know if you can hear me, because I’ve got a bad cold. I’ve nearly lost my voice. But St Paul, who did not lose his voice, wrote to the faithful, ‘In novitate vitae ambulemus’ – and he says this to all of us: we have to walk in newness of life. To make it quite clear, he wrote to the Romans: ‘Induimini Dominum Iesum Christum’ – clothe yourselves in our Lord Jesus Christ. That’s what Christian life means: clothing oneself again and again in new clothes, each cleaner than the last, and more beautiful, made up of virtues that please God our Lord, of self-denial, little sacrifices, and love. Christian life is made up of saying no and saying yes. Christian life is beginning and then beginning again.”]]> <![CDATA[13-7-1974]]> “The first sacrament, the one you have closest to hand, is Confession. I advise you to receive it often, and I can advise that because I too go to Confession at least once a week. If you aren’t made of completely different material, you will also need to say sorry to God, and ask him for forgiveness and help. In the Holy Sacrament of Penance it is God who forgives us. No matter whether it is this priest or that, it isn’t the priest who takes away our sins: it is always Jesus Christ our Lord who says to us: ‘I absolve you, I forgive you for your sins’.” Saint Josemaría said this at San Vicente, in Cañete, Peru, when he met people from the valley and the mountain districts. Some had come on foot from nearby villages: Cochahuasi, Boca del Rio, Lunahuana, Pacaran. Others made an eight-hour journey by car, by mule or on foot, to get to Valle Grande in time for the gathering there.]]>