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You are so young! To me you are like a ship setting out on its voyage. If that slight deviation of today is left uncorrected, you will never reach port in the end. The Way, 248 God’s Call How frankly you laughed when I advised you to [...]
Tags: Joy, Study, Generosity, Youth, Responsibility

The Ascension of the Lord

Once more the liturgy reminds us of the final moment in Jesus’ life among men, his ascension into heaven. Christ Is Passing By, 117 Download the Homily "The Ascension of Our Lord" by St Josemaria in pdf format It has always seemed logical to me that the [...]
Tags: Joy, Heaven, Hope, Jesus Christ

Christian optimism

Christian optimism is not a sugary optimism; nor is it a mere human confidence that everything will turn out all right. It is an optimism that sinks its roots in an awareness of our freedom, and in the sure knowledge of the power of grace. [...]
Tags: Joy, Faith, Divine sonship, Optimism

The Resurrection

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he [...]
Tags: Joy, Gospel, Jesus Christ

The First Years of Opus Dei

1928, 1929, 1930… St Josemaria had to fulfil God’s will, but had no trained assistants, no money, and no patrons. The task was huge and the young priest had no financial resources, helpers, or patrons. He had neither the support of tradition nor Church approval, for [...]
Tags: Joy, The Way, Divine sonship, Opus Dei

A flame to set the world on fire with new life

Bruno: We got to know each other during our school years and it was Nadine who gave me the idea of attending a spiritual retreat. It was from there that I wanted to know more about the teachings of Josemaria Escriva. Nadine: I advised Bruno about [...]
Tags: Joy, Friendship, Study, Youth, engagement

A good co-librettist

“Everything goes”. That was the idea I had when I was fourteen and began working in the media. I’d seen the media as my vocation ever since I was very young. I’d found it quite hard to get into the media world, and so I [...]
Tags: Joy, Apostolate, Holy Purity, Unity of life, Consistency

Holy humorist

Much has been written, and is being written, about Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei. But there is a side to him that is rarely commented on, but was noticed by his contemporaries. It was his good humor. I was reminded of it recently when [...]
Tags: Abandonment to God, Joy, cheerfulness

Sowers of peace and joy

The contemporary world is a place full of hope, and yet it presents urgent challenges and difficulties which require a decisive response from Christians. For we cannot forget that Christ is our peace. While we have our eyes fixed on our heavenly homeland, Christians [...]
Tags: Joy, Charity, Citizenship, culture, Faith, Peace

Saint Josemaría and the Jubilee years

Four Jubilee years fell within St Josemaria’s lifetime. Bishop Javier Echevarria witnessed his approach to the last two, and saw how he passed on his own devotion to those around him. “He asked me to pray with a lot of faith, especially in St. Peter’s, [...]
Tags: Joy, Hope, Holiness