Josemaria Escriva. Founder of Opus Dei - On this day Life and teachings of Saint Josemaria day by day <![CDATA[1972.11.23]]> “Each soul is worth all the Blood of Christ, and each soul deserves our study, just like someone who is going to cut the facets of a rough diamond studies the best method to use so that it will shine the most and be worth the most,” said Saint Josemaría to hundreds of people listening to him at the Brafa Sports Centre in Barcelona.]]> <![CDATA[1937.11.23]]> St Josemaría was in the Rialp woods in the Pyrenees. His group stayed for a few days in a half-cabin, half-dugout, roofed with branches and completely camouflaged in the woods. Early in the morning, he celebrated Mass on a makeshift altar. In the diary for that day Tomas Alvira wrote: “The Mass was dialogued. I shall never forget those Masses. For a church we had the woods; the celebrant was totally recollected and said each phrase unhurriedly; you could see him putting his whole soul and all his love into what he was doing, above all at the moment of the Consecration. Hundreds of birds that woke with the first rays of the sun were singing non-stop, and they lent added enchantment to the Father’s Masses in the Rialp woods.”]]> <![CDATA[1937.11.22]]> During the night of November 21-22, 1937, our Lady gave St Josemaria a tangible sign of her protection during the difficult trek over the Pyrenees: a gilded wooden rose, which probably had belonged to one of the altars of the church next to the building where they spent the night. The photograph shows the gilded wooden rose found by St Josemaria in the ruined church in Pallerols. The rose probably came from an altarpiece of Our Lady of the Rosary that had been in the church before the Spanish Civil War. In 1936 all the church’s pictures and statues were taken out and burned. The rose must have been one of the few remaining fragments of that altarpiece. ]]> <![CDATA[1965.11.21]]> Pope Paul VI inaugurated the Centro ELIS, a technical training centre for workers in the Tiburtino district in Rome, run by people of Opus Dei.]]> <![CDATA[1972.11.20]]> “In your heart you are like a Tabernacle where our Lord has chosen to take refuge. Our Lord loves us with his infinite Love, he loves us very much; and he expects love from us, and reparation for our personal failures to respond, and for everyone else’s,” said Saint Josemaría to those with him on this date.]]> <![CDATA[1937.11.20]]> St Josemaría arrived at a farm at Vilaró (Barcelona) on the second day of the journey across the Pyrenees to Andorra. The farm’s owner, Pere Sala, was delighted when St Josemaría said he was a priest and wished to say Mass. A table was prepared as an altar in one of the rooms, and out of the party’s backpacks they took the things that they had carefully prepared in Barcelona: the wafers, a crystal glass to use as a chalice, a small corporal, purificators, a crucifix, a small bottle of Mass wine, and an exercise book in which some texts of the Mass had been copied. ]]> <![CDATA[1937.11.19]]> St Josemaria set off from Barcelona for the Pyrenees, to try to get over to the other side of Spain via Andorra and France. Religious persecution and the curtailment of freedom in Spain had intensified during the Spanish Civil War. Nobody knew how long the conflict would last, and St Josemaria felt the urgency of continuing his apostolic labors. Read more]]> <![CDATA[1930.11.18]]> “In the first place, PRAYER; then, ATONEMENT; in the third place, very much ‘in the third place’, ACTION,” Saint Josemaría wrote on this date. Pope John Paul II explained this phrase in his homily at Saint Josemaría’s canonization: “It is not a paradox but a perennial truth: the fruitfulness of the apostolate lies above all in prayer and in an intense and constant sacramental life. This is, in essence, the secret of the holiness and of the true success of the saints.”]]> <![CDATA[1931.11.17]]> “A paradox: holiness is more accessible than learning, but it is easier to be learned than a saint,” Saint Josemaría wrote on this date.]]> <![CDATA[1955.11.16]]> On this date Saint Josemaría arrived in Milan, Italy, on the first stage of a journey which would take him to France, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Austria. “We have covered the roads of Europe with Hail Marys and songs,” he often used to say.]]>