Josemaria Escriva. Founder of Opus Dei - On this day Life and teachings of Saint Josemaria day by day http://www.josemariaescriva.info/ <![CDATA[1982.11.28]]> Pope John Paul II established Opus Dei as a personal prelature, a canonical status foreseen for it by Saint Josemaría, who explained in 1962: “I set to work, and it wasn’t easy. Souls slipped through my fingers like eels in water. As well as that, there was the most brutal incomprehension, because what today is ordinary religious teaching throughout the world, was not so then… All the theological and ascetical doctrine had yet to be created, and the canonical doctrine too. I found a centuries-long gap: there was nothing at all. The whole of the Work was sheer madness, humanly speaking. And so some people said I was mad and that I was a heretic, and all sorts of other things besides.”]]> <![CDATA[1937.11.28]]> St Josemaría celebrated Mass for the last time before going over the Pyrenees. Years later, one of the people in his group reconstructed the journey and took this photograph. St Joseamría celebrated Mass on the flat rock in the centre. Antonio Dalmases, who was part of another group that joined theirs for the journey, was present at this Mass and noted his impressions in his diary. He wrote, “I’ve never heard Mass like today, whether because of the circumstances or because the celebrant is a saint. Holy Communion was moving. As we could scarcely move it was difficult to distribute it. We were all in rags, with several days’ beard, disheveled and weary. Our hands were scratched, our eyes shone with tears, and, above all else, God was with us in the Hosts.]]> <![CDATA[1924.11.27]]> Saint Josemaría’s father, José Escrivá, died on this date. “I saw him suffer cheerfully, without showing the suffering. And I saw a courage that was a lesson for me, because later I would so often feel as if the ground were giving way beneath me and the sky were falling on me, or as if I were being crushed between two iron plates. With those lessons and by the Lord’s grace, perhaps I did lose my peace of mind occasionally, but not very often… My father died exhausted, but still with a smile on his lips and a special warmth.”]]> <![CDATA[1967.11.26]]> “We are deeply moved, and our hearts profoundly shaken, when we listen attentively to St Paul’s cry: ‘This is God’s will for you, your sanctification’ (I Thess 4:3). Today, once again, I set myself this goal, and I also remind you and all mankind: this is God’s will for us, that we be saints. In order to bring peace, genuine peace, to souls; in order to transform the earth and to seek God our Lord in the world and through the things of the world, personal sanctity is indispensable.” These were the opening words of a homily preached by Saint Josemaría on this date.]]> <![CDATA[1932.11.25]]> “Don’t be troubled if, as you consider the wonders of the supernatural world, you hear that other voice, the intimate, insinuating voice of your ‘former self’. It is the ‘body of death’ crying out for its lost rights. Grace is sufficient for you: be faithful and you will conquer,” wrote Saint Josemaría on this date.]]> <![CDATA[1932.11.24]]> “A friend is a treasure. But what about the Friend?… For where your treasure is, there is your heart,” Saint Josemaría wrote.]]> <![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.]]>