Josemaria Escriva. Founder of Opus Dei - On this day Life and teachings of Saint Josemaria day by day <![CDATA[1932.9.28]]> “As of yesterday I have a small crucifix, with a very worn-down figure, which my father (may he rest in peace) always carried with him. It was given him on the death of his mother, who used it all the time. As it’s very poor and worn out, I don’t dare give it to anyone, and so the holy memory of my grandmother (a great devotee of the Blessed Virgin) and my father will increase my love for the Cross,” wrote St Josemaría.]]> <![CDATA[1931.9.27]]> In Madrid St Josemaría carried out his pastoral work among the sick in the slums. The photograph shows a note with a request for today from those working in the Foundation for the Sick. “I spent many hours on that work, and I’m only sorry it was not longer. And in the hospitals, and in the houses where the sick people were – if those hovels can be called houses. Those people were abandoned and ill; some had an illness which in those days was incurable: tuberculosis.”]]> <![CDATA[1959.9.26]]> St Josemaría receiving a visit from a group of mothers in Rome. Over the years he received hundreds of visits in Villa Tevere, Opus Dei’s central house. In order to make the best use of time supernaturally, Saint Josemaría always prepared to talk to these people only about God. Before each meeting he would silently pray the verse from Psalm 141: “Pone, Domine, custodiam ori meo (Set, O Lord, a guard on my mouth)”, and he never failed to pray to each person’s Guardian Angel. As a memento of the visit he would give them a rosary “for you to wear it out by praying it”.]]> <![CDATA[1938.9.25]]> St Josemaría began a spiritual retreat. A few days later he wrote: “Monastery of Saint Dominic of Silos, the eve of the Dedication of Saint Michael the Archangel, 28 September 1938. I’ve been doing this retreat for three days… without doing anything (…) Are these days going to be sterile? And yet my Mother is my Mother, and Jesus is – dare I? – my Jesus!”]]> <![CDATA[Our Lady of Ransom]]> Our Lady of Ransom. In a speech St Josemaría made on being granted the title of adoptive son of Barcelona, he referred to his devotion to Our Lady of Ransom, who is the patron of Barcelona. “Little by little there is coming true what I desired so strongly back in the 1940s, when I came to prostrate myself at the feet of Our Lady of Ransom (…) when I spoke to my children in this beloved city and reminded them of the words in St John’s Gospel: ‘Veritas liberabit vos, the truth will make you free’ (John 8:32). At that time I felt no doubt, but immense trust in our Lady’s intercession before God, and in the honorable nature of the people in this land of mine who, because they love freedom, also open their arms to those who speak the truth to them.”]]> <![CDATA[1942.9.23]]> Father Jose Miguel, a Carmelite, died. In the winter of 1917-1918, in Logroño, St Josemaría had heard God’s call as he saw the bare footprints left by this friar in the snow. Years later, recalling that moment, he said: “I began to have inklings of Love, to realize that my heart was asking me for something great and that it was Love.”]]> <![CDATA[1931.9.22]]> “I was considering God’s goodness towards me, and, filled with inner joy, I could have shouted out in the street for everyone to hear my filial gratitude: ‘Father, Father!’ And, though not shouting, I kept calling him that (‘Father!’), under my breath, again and again, sure of pleasing him. I seek nothing else: I only want his pleasure and his Glory: all for him,” St Josemaría wrote.]]> <![CDATA[1958.9.21]]> St Josemaría in the Netherlands, on one of the trips he made through Europe to prepare the beginnings of Opus Dei’s apostolate. Later on he wrote to the faithful of Opus Dei in that country: “My dear children: may Jesus keep all of you always in laetitia (in joy) for me! I hope – I know – that we will have many very good things in that wonderful country of tulips.”]]> <![CDATA[1934.9.20]]> St Josemaría wrote in a letter that he had explained Opus Dei in full to his mother, sister and brother: “A quarter of an hour after reaching this town (I’m writing this from Fonz, though I’ll post it tomorrow in Barbastro), I spoke to my mother, sister and brother about the Work, in broad terms. How much I had importuned our friends in Heaven for that moment! Jesus helped them to take it very well indeed.”]]> <![CDATA[19.9.1898]]> Wedding of St Josemaría’s parents. “They loved each other very much, and suffered a lot in life, because our Lord had to prepare me (…). I always saw them smiling,” he said of them in Chile, in 1974.]]>