Josemaria Escriva. Founder of Opus Dei - On this day Life and teachings of Saint Josemaria day by day <![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.]]> <![CDATA[1932.1.16]]> “Child, each day offer him... even your frailties,” Saint Josemaría wrote on this date. It would later become no. 865 in The Way.]]> <![CDATA[1943.1.15]]> José Orlandis and Salvador Canals were received in audience by Pope Pius XII. They spoke with the Holy Father about Opus Dei and about Fr Josemaría Escrivá. “The audience lasted about ten minutes,” Orlandis recalled, “and before we left, the Pope asked us to pass on a special blessing from him to the Founder and to all of Opus Dei.”]]> <![CDATA[1932.1.14]]> “Let us bless pain. Love pain. Sanctify pain... Glorify pain!” Saint Josemaría wrote after helping a sick woman to make a good death.]]> <![CDATA[1902.1.13]]> Josemaría was baptized in Barbastro on this date. He had a permanent memorial of that day in his house in Rome, because in 1957 the Cathedral Chapter and Bishop of Barbastro presented him with the stones of the baptismal font. Duly restored, the font was placed by the entrance to Our Lady of Peace, now the Church of the Prelature of Opus Dei, as a holy-water font. As he passed it he would often remark, “It was here that they made me a Christian.” He loved to recall his baptism and to meditate on receiving the gift of faith and the first presence in his soul of the Holy Spirit, who began to carry out his sanctifying work in a mysterious but effective way. Saint Josemaría wrote in The Forge: “When the Lord brought you into the Church he put an indelible mark upon your soul through Baptism: you are a son of God. Don't forget it.”]]> <![CDATA[1938.1.12]]> “Tell him — yes, him — that I need fifty men who love Jesus Christ above all things.” This point in The Way originated in a note written by Josemaría Escrivá in 1938, just a few days after settling in Burgos.]]> <![CDATA[1938.1.11]]> “He shares the view that we priests, by reason of our ministry, have not only a guardian angel but also an archangel. I left his house with deep joy (…). And I felt sure that even if I don’t really have an archangel at my side, Jesus will end up sending me one so that my prayer to the archangel will not be futile,” wrote Saint Josemaría in his personal notes in Burgos, after a conversation with another priest.]]> <![CDATA[1902.1.10]]> Josemaría Escrivá was registered at the Civil Registry on 10 January 1902 with the names José, María, Julián, and Mariano. Years later he joined together his first two baptismal names to form “Josemaría”, out of his love for Saint Joseph and our Blessed Lady.]]> <![CDATA[1902.1.9]]> Josemaría Escrivá was born in Barbastro in 1902, at about ten o’clock at night. He wrote later: “God our Lord (…) caused me to be born in a Christian home like most of those in my country, to exemplary parents who practised and lived their faith, and who gave me great freedom from the time when I was quite young, while at the same time watching over me very carefully. They tried to make sure I was formed in a deeply Christian way.”]]> <![CDATA[1938.1.8]]> Josemaría Escriva arrived in Burgos, where he stayed until the end of the Spanish Civil War. He wrote later: “I also remember my stay in Burgos… A lot of young men on leave came to spend a few days with me (…). I used to enjoy climbing up the cathedral towers to get a close view of the ornamentation at the top, a veritable lacework of stone that must have been the result of very patient and laborious craftsmanship. As I chatted with the young men who accompanied me I used to point out that none of the beauty of this work could be seen from below. To give them a material lesson in what I had been previously explaining to them, I would say: ‘This is God’s work, this is working for God! To finish your personal work perfectly, with all the beauty and exquisite refinement of this tracery stonework’.”]]>