Josemaria Escriva. Founder of Opus Dei - On this day Life and teachings of Saint Josemaria day by day <![CDATA[1937.12.21]]> “Humility, humility, how difficult it is! It is false humility if it leads you to set aside the rights of your office. It is not pride but fortitude to make the weight of your authority felt by putting a stop to things that are being done wrong, when the fulfilment of God’s holy Will demands it.”]]> <![CDATA[1924.12.20]]> Saint Josemaría was ordained a deacon in the church of the San Carlos Seminary, Zaragoza, Spain, by Bishop Miguel de los Santos, at the age of 22.]]> <![CDATA[1937.12.19]]> “19 December. What I owe to God as a Christian! My failure to repay that debt has made me weep with sorrow – with Love-sorrow. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa! Through my fault, through my fault, through my own most grievous fault!” wrote Saint Josemaría during the spiritual retreat he was doing in Pamplona, Spain.]]> <![CDATA[1937.12.18]]> Saint Josemaría began a spiritual retreat in Pamplona, Spain, and wrote down his plan for those days: “I’m going to keep these notes from the retreat very brief. The one reason I’m doing this retreat is the really intense desire to be a better instrument, in the hands of my Lord, to make his Work a reality and spread it throughout the world, just as He wants. The immediate, specific aim is two-fold: (1) personal: purification, to renew my interior life; and (2) external: to see the present possibilities for the apostolate of the Work, and the means, and the obstacles.”]]> <![CDATA[1937.12.17]]> Saint Josemaría noted: “At exactly 5.30 (the time I’d decided last night) the Little Watch-mender woke me up. The alarm-clock they lent us in the boarding-house didn’t go off.” He called his Guardian Angel “the Little Watch-mender” because whenever his alarm-clock stopped working and he had no money to get it mended, he would ask his Guardian Angel to wake him.]]> <![CDATA[1937.12.16]]> Not many days had passed since Saint Josemaría crossed the Pyrenees on foot during the Spanish Civil War, and he was extremely tired. In San Sebastian, on this date, he noted: “I’m still feeling sick, but I try to make sure the others don’t notice …”]]> <![CDATA[1931.12.15]]> Saint Josemaría was almost attacked in the middle of the street, in broad daylight, as he recorded the following day. “Octave of the Immaculate Conception, 1931: Yesterday afternoon, at three, when I was going to Santa Isabel’s School to hear the girls’ confessions, on Atocha Street (on the side near San Carlos Street, almost at the corner of Santa Ines Street) three young men, all of them probably thirty-something, crossed my path. When they got close to me, one of them rushed forward, shouted ‘I’m going to get him!’ and raised his arm, so that I thought for sure I would be struck. But before he could hit me, one of the other two said to him in authoritative tones, ‘No, don’t hit him.’ And then, bending toward me, this same man added mockingly, ‘Little donkey, little donkey!’” Saint Josemaría attributed the attack to diabolic activity and the defense to his Guardian Angel.]]> <![CDATA[1933.12.14]]> “You say you’ve failed. We never fail! You placed your trust wholly in God. Nor did you neglect any human means. Convince yourself of this truth: your success, this time, in this, was to fail. Thank our Lord… and begin again!” Saint Josemaría wrote on this date, after having written nothing in his “Personal Notebook” for almost a fortnight.]]> <![CDATA[1937.12.13]]> On this date Saint Josemaría was in San Sebastian, Spain. He said Mass for Father Pedro Poveda, who had been killed early in the morning of 28 July 1936. He wrote, “I celebrated Mass for Fr. Pedro, commending myself to him. Rather than praying for his soul (he was a holy man, even before being martyred), I was asking for his intercession.” Pedro Poveda was canonized by Pope John Paul II on 4 May 2003.]]> <![CDATA[1931.12.12]]> “Yesterday I had lunch at the Guevaras’ house. While I was there, not doing prayer, I found myself saying (as at other times): ‘Inter medium montium pertransibunt aquae’ [between the mountains the waters will flow, Ps 104:10]. I think that for some reason I have had those words on my lips several times these days, but until this occasion I didn’t pay attention to them. Yesterday I said them with such emphasis that I felt compelled to write them down. I understood them,” wrote St Josemaría on this date. Years later, he explained: “I remember how consoled a certain person was when he had to do something quite beyond his strength and he heard in the depths of his heart the words: ‘Inter medium montium pertransibunt aquae: Don’t worry; the waters will pass through the mountains.’ ”]]>