Josemaria Escriva. Founder of Opus Dei - On this day Life and teachings of Saint Josemaria day by day <![CDATA[1939.3.23]]> St Josemaria wrote a letter to Alvaro del Portillo: “May Jesus watch over you, Saxum (rock). And yes, that is what you are. I see that the Lord is giving you strength and making operative in you this word of mine, ‘saxum’. Thank him for this and remain faithful to him, despite – so many things… If only you could see how great is my longing to be a saint, and to make saints of all of you! Love and my blessing, Mariano.” ]]> <![CDATA[1933.3.23]]> “Conquer yourself each day from the very first moment, by getting up on the dot, at a fixed time, without yielding a single minute to laziness,” wrote Saint Josemaría on this day. Years later he said in amusement: “Do you know what I used to do for a time – years ago, when I was only just thirty? I was so tired I could hardly sleep. So when I got up I would tell myself, ‘You can have a nap before lunch’. And when I got outside and saw all the work waiting for me that day, I’d add, ‘Josemaría, I fooled you!’”]]> <![CDATA[1933.3.22]]> Live in God’s presence and you will have supernatural life,” wrote Saint Josemaría on this day.]]> <![CDATA[1964.3.21]]> “God’s love for his creatures is so boundless and our response to it should be so great that time ought to stand still when Holy Mass is being said.” This point from The Forge, n. 436, expresses Saint Josemaría’s devotion to the holy sacrifice of the altar. He was photographed celebrating Mass on this day.]]> <![CDATA[1927.3.20]]> Saint Josemaría was sent to help in the parish of Fombuena, Saragossa, Spain, during Passion Week and Holy Week. “I’ve twice worked in country parishes. It makes me so happy to remember this! They sent me there to make things difficult for me, but they did me a lot of good. Even in those days some people were trying to give me a hard time. They did me such a huge amount of good! How happy I am to remember it!” he said years later.]]> <![CDATA[1963.3.19]]> Saint Joseph really is a father and lord. He protects those who revere him and accompanies them on their journey through this life ]]> <![CDATA[1925.3.18]]> Saint Josemaría on a retreat before his ordination to the priesthood in the church of the Saint Charles Seminary. Years later, he said: “This house of Saint Charles is where I was formed for the priesthood. Here at this altar, I came forward, trembling, to take up the sacred Host and give Holy Communion to my mother for the first time. You can’t imagine… I am moved all over again.”]]> <![CDATA[1937.3.17]]> During the Spanish Civil War Saint Josemaría had to go into hiding because of religious persecution. Three days after arriving in his final refuge, the Honduran Legation in Madrid, he wrote a letter to some of the people of Opus Dei who were living in Valencia. He wrote in a sort of coded language to evade the censor: “I saw poor Josemaría, and he assured me that he is no longer in the insane asylum (this is his current obsession) but has gotten into deep waters [Honduras]. He is very happy. The Doctor lets me see him every day.” (The last sentence meant that he was able to say Mass every day.)]]> <![CDATA[1932.3.16]]> “Child, don’t fall into a vicious circle. You are thinking: ‘When this is settled one way or another, I’ll be very generous to my God’. Can’t you see that Jesus is waiting for you to be generous without reserve, so that he can settle things far better than you imagine? A firm resolution, as a logical consequence: ‘In each moment of each day I will try generously to carry out the will of God’.” Saint Josemaría wrote this in his personal notes, referring to himself.]]> <![CDATA[1952.3.15]]> “The day of salvation is here before us. The call of the good shepherd has reached us: ‘I have called you by your name.’ Since love repays love, we must reply: ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ I have decided not to let this Lent go by like rain on stones, leaving no trace. I will let it soak into me, changing me. I will be converted, I will turn again to the Lord and love him as he wants to be loved,” said Saint Josemaría in a homily he gave in Lent 1952. Click to read homily]]>