Josemaria Escriva. Founder of Opus Dei - On this day Life and teachings of Saint Josemaria day by day <![CDATA[Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception]]> Feast of our Lady’s Immaculate Conception. “How people like to be reminded of their relationship with distinguished figures in literature, in politics, in the army, in the Church!… Sing to Mary Immaculate, reminding her: ‘Hail Mary, Daughter of God the Father! Hail Mary, Mother of God the Son! Hail Mary, Spouse of God the Holy Spirit! Greater than you, none but God!’”]]> <![CDATA[1931.12.7]]> “My friend: if you want to be great, become little. To be little you have to believe as children believe, to love as children love, to abandon yourself as children do…, to pray as children pray.” On the eve of the feast of our Lady’s Immaculate Conception, in Saint Elisabeth’s Foundation in Madrid, Saint Josemaría read aloud to two young men the passages which would later be published as Holy Rosary. He had written the whole of the little book in one session at the end of his thanksgiving after saying Mass one morning during the novena to the Immaculate Conception.]]> <![CDATA[1934.12.6]]> “On the feast of Saint Nicholas, as I was going up to the altar to say Mass, I promised the holy bishop that if he sorted out our financial problems at the Guardian Angel House” (which was his name for the DYA Academy), “I would appoint him administrator of the Work of God.” On this date Saint Josemaría invoked Saint Nicholas as intercessor for the solution of money problems.]]> <![CDATA[1924.12.5]]> Halfway through November Saint Josemaría had written to the Vicar Capitular of Zaragoza requesting the conferral of the diaconate, since, as he said, he “felt called to the priesthood”. On this date the archbishop’s office issued the request for ordination. A fortnight later he was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Miguel de los Santos.]]> <![CDATA[1955.12.4]]> St Josemaría was in Vienna, Austria. That morning he said Mass at Saint Stephen’s Cathedral, and there, praying his thanksgiving after Mass before the picture of Maria Pötsch, he said for the first time the aspiration “Sancta Maria, Stella Orientis, filios tuos adiuva!” [“Holy Mary, Star of the East, help your children!”] This was not just one more among his many invocations of our Lady. From his correspondence at that time, it seems clear that with those words he was commending to the Mother of God the future apostolate in the European countries then under Communist rule. He wrote in a letter to his children: “I feel safe in saying that our Lord God is going to give us abundant means (facilities, personnel) to work for him in Eastern Europe better each day, until the gates of Russia open to us – which will happen. Get people to say this aspiration often: “Sancta Maria, Stella Orientis, filios tuos adiuva!” ]]> <![CDATA[1937.12.3]]> After the long and hazardous escape over the Pyrenees, St Josemaría and his group reached Andorra on December 2. On today’s date they had this photograph taken. The first thing St Josemaría did on his arrival was to celebrate Mass in a church, something he had not been able to do for seventeen months. Then he sent a postcard to the Honduran Legation in Madrid. ]]> <![CDATA[1931.12.3]]> “This morning I backtracked just like a little boy, to greet our Lady at her statue on Atocha Street, at the top of the house the Congregation of St Philip has there. I had forgotten to greet her. What little boy misses a chance to tell his mother he loves her? My Lady, may I never become an ex-child,” wrote Saint Josemaría on this date.]]> <![CDATA[1937.12.2]]> Saint Josemaría reached Andorra on this date, after an arduous trek across the Pyrenees during the Spanish Civil War. As he came into the town of Sant Juliá de Loria he was saying the rosary. He heard some church bells ringing and repeated to himself “Deo gratias! Deo gratias! Thank God! Thank God!”]]> <![CDATA[1931.12.1]]> “Spiritual childhood! Spiritual childhood is not spiritual foolishness or softness: it is a sane and forceful way which, due to its difficult easiness, the soul must begin and continue led by the hand of God,” wrote Saint Josemaría on this day.]]> <![CDATA[1964.11.30]]> Saint Josemaría with miners from Oviedo, at a gathering in Pamplona, Spain. His constant preaching was that “Christ is interested in the work we do – whether once or thousands of times – in the office, in the factory, in the shop, in the classroom, in the fields, in any job whether manual or intellectual.”]]>