Talking to God
Pentecost or Whit Sunday: "The Great Unknown", a homily given on Pentecost (Whit) Sunday, May 25, 1969.
"Having just read in the Acts of the Apostles about Pentecost, the day when the Holy Spirit
came down on the Lord's disciples, we are conscious of being present at the great display of God's
power with which the Church's life began to spread among all nations".
The Novena to the Holy Spirit is a long-standing custom through which the Church encourages the faithful to prepare for the descent of the Holy Spirit in the best possible way.
Some prayers to the Holy Spirit, in preparation for Pentecost, are downloadable here in pdf and epub format.
May 17, 1992: Beatification of Josemaria Escriva
"The spiritual and apostolic life of Josemaria Escriva was based on knowing himself, through faith, to be a son of God in Christ. "
On May 17, 1992, Pope John Paul II beatified Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei, and Josephina Bakhita, Canossian nun, in St Peter’s Square.
We declare that the Venerable Servants of God Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, priest, Founder of Opus Dei, can from now on be called Blessed
“My children, this month (…) I did a pilgrimage to Torreciudad, barefoot, to honour our Lady. And I went to Fatima, also barefoot, to honour our Lady, in a spirit of penance. Now I’ve come to Mexico to do this novena to our Mother (…). And I think I can say that I even love her as much as the Mexicans do.”
This was how the founder of Opus Dei, St Josemaria, explained the main reason for his first trip to Latin America in May 1970.
Have you cut the grass this Spring? My friend asked me last night. We hadn't. Over 4 months ago at the beginning of the winter he had slipped and fallen a couple of times on the icy drive.
A friend gave me a copy of The Way when I was in college. That was the very first book I read by St. Josemaria. It touched me deeply, and I wanted to read more. I learned many things from St. Josemaria’s writings: how to talk to God, how to take care of little things, love for the Church… But most of all they made me very happy
In Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Post Office issued a set of commemorative St Josemaria stamps to mark the tenth anniversary of his canonization on October 6, 2012.
The shrine of Sonsoles in Avila, Spain, was the setting for an event in the history of St Josemaria and Opus Dei, the “May pilgrimage”. How did this custom first take root in Opus Dei? A study published in Studia et Documenta