Josemaria Escriva. Founder of Opus Dei - On this day Life and teachings of Saint Josemaria day by day http://www.josemariaescriva.info/ <![CDATA[Saint Catherine of Siena]]> Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena. “The Catholic Church is Roman. I savour that word, Roman! I feel completely Roman, since Roman means universal, catholic.”]]> <![CDATA[1932.4.28]]> “My God, I love you, but... oh teach me to love!” wrote Saint Josemaría in his “Personal Notes” on this date.]]> <![CDATA[1954.4.27]]> Feast of Our Lady of Montserrat. On this date Saint Josemaría suffered an anaphylactic shock and began, quite inexplicably, to recover from the diabetes he had had for the past ten years [...]]]> <![CDATA[1934.4.26]]> St Josemaría wrote to Fr. Francisco Moran, Vicar General of the Madrid diocese, about the spiritual retreat he was going to give [...]]]> <![CDATA[1932.4.25]]> Saint Josemaría wrote: “Why look around if you carry ‘your world’ within you?”. This would later be included in The Way.]]> <![CDATA[1967.4.24]]> Saint Josemaría said: “We have an obligation to ensure that every day there are fewer poor people in the world, fewer uneducated people, fewer people with no faith, fewer sick or old people who are bereft of loving Christian help. Not by a charitable concession, but out of justice. Wealth comes from work, my children, from specialization and professional effort, and Opus Dei is built on work. Where do we work? In the middle of the street. We can’t separate ourselves from our colleagues by so much as a cigarette-paper”.]]> <![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.”]]>