Josemaria Escriva. Founder of Opus Dei - On this day Life and teachings of Saint Josemaria day by day <![CDATA[1-7-1974]]> “Your soul catches fire when you take special care to be recollected in your prayer; and when you receive our Lord in Communion and say over and over again in your thanksgiving, ‘I know that it is You, I believe it with all my soul; I know that You are really, truly, substantially here, hidden in the sacramental species, your Body, your Blood, your Soul and your Divinity.’ And you spend time on that, and then you tell him how much you love him, because he’s there, listening to you.” This was Saint Josemaría’s reply during a gathering in Alameda student residence, in Santiago, Chile, when someone asked him how our souls can catch fire with love for Jesus Christ.]]> <![CDATA[Commemoration of the first martyrs of Rome]]> Commemoration of the first martyrs of Rome.“To follow in Christ’s footsteps, today’s apostle does not need to reform anything, but even less has he to take no part in the contemporary affairs going on around him. He has only to act as the first Christians did, and give life to his environment.”]]> <![CDATA[Feast of Sts Peter and Paul, Apostles]]> Feast of Sts Peter and Paul, Apostles.“With all my strength I venerate the Rome of Peter and Paul, bathed in the blood of martyrs, the center from which so many have set out to spread Christ’s saving word throughout the world. Being Roman does not mean being narrow-minded, but rather authentically ecumenical. It presupposes a desire to enlarge one’s heart, to open it to everyone with the redemptive zeal of Christ, who seeks and welcomes all, for he loved everyone first.”]]> <![CDATA[1937.6.28]]> “Jesus speaks. From his lips comes the parable of the vine and the branches. The branch which is separated from the vine dries up and will afterwards be thrown on the fire. The one which is united to the vine will undergo pruning, ‘ut fructum plus afferat’, so that it will bear more fruit.” That was his comment on the Gospel on this day. The following day he added, “Why do I also complain about everything around me and everything that happens to me; about the people with me, the way they treat me, their weaknesses, and my own…? Isn’t all this happening for my good?”]]> <![CDATA[1933.6.27]]> “Jesus... remained silent. Iesus autem tacebat. Why do I speak, telling others of my sorrows? I will say nothing. I will seek joy in contempt: I’ll always receive less of that than I deserve. Can I, by any chance, ask: Quid enim mali feci? What evil have I done?” wrote St Josemaría during a spiritual retreat.]]> <![CDATA[1975.6.26]]> Feast of St Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer.At mid-day St Josemaría died suddenly in Rome, after looking with immense love, for the last time, at a picture of our Lady of Guadalupe which presided over the room where he worked. Five years earlier, during his stay in Mexico, while looking at a picture of our Lady giving a rose to St Juan Diego, he had said: “That’s how I would like to die: looking at our Lady, and with her giving me a flower.” ]]> <![CDATA[1944.6.25]]> Ordination of the first three priests of Opus Dei – Alvaro del Portillo, Jose Luis Muzquiz and Jose Maria Hernandez Garnica. That day St Josemaria said to his sons, “People will ask you, ‘What did the Father tell you on the day when the first three priests were ordained?’ And you’ll say, ‘He told us: Be men of prayer; men of prayer; and men of prayer’.”]]> <![CDATA[1974.6.24]]> Father Javier Echevarria helps St Josemaría to adjust a microphone before a large gathering in Argentina. At a similar gathering the next day St Josemaría said, “Sow peace and joy everywhere. Don’t speak badly of anyone, but learn to walk arm-in-arm with people who don’t think like you. Never treat people badly: learn to be brothers and sisters to everyone, sowing peace and joy (…).”]]> <![CDATA[1946.6.23]]> St Josemaría arrived in Rome for the first time. Msgr Alvaro del Portillo said, “When he caught sight of the dome of St Peter’s for the first time, from the Via Aurelia, he was very moved, and said a Creed. We had a few rooms which were sub-let to us in an apartment on the top floor of no. 9, Piazza Città Leonina. It had a covered balcony from which you could see St Peter’s and the papal apartments. (...) Drawn by his love for the Pope, and moved at being so close to his rooms, the Father spent the whole night praying on that balcony, ignoring his own travel-weariness, his ill-health and the terrible thirst caused by his sickness, and the effects of a very rough boat crossing.”]]> <![CDATA[1933.6.22]]> St Josemaría perceived one of God’s direct interventions in his soul. He wrote down what happened: “I was alone, in a side chapel in the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and I was trying to pray before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, who was exposed on the altar in a monstrance. Suddenly, for an instant and without any reason being given which could explain it – there was none – this most bitter thought came into my mind: ‘And what if all of this is a lie, an illusion of yours, and you are wasting your time… and, still worse, you are wasting it for all these others, too?’ This only lasted a few seconds, but how I suffered! Then I spoke to Jesus and said to him, ‘Lord,’ (the words aren’t exact) ‘if the Work is not yours, demolish it; right now, at this moment, in such a way that I may know it.’ Immediately I not only felt confirmed as to the truth of his will with regard to the Work, but also saw with clarity a point about the organization of it which had been baffling me.”]]>