Josemaria Escriva. Founder of Opus Dei - On this day Life and teachings of Saint Josemaria day by day <![CDATA[1970.5.27]]> In a gathering with professional men in Mexico Saint Josemaría recalled: “My father’s business went very badly. And I thank God for it, because that taught me what poverty was; otherwise I’d never have known. Can you see what a good thing that is? Now I love my father even more… He was such a marvellous man that he maintained great serenity and endured all difficulties with the peacefulness of a Christian and a gentleman.”]]> <![CDATA[1937.5.26]]> “Jesus, if I am not going to be the instrument that you want, take me in your grace without delay. I’m not afraid of death, in spite of my sinful life, because I am mindful of your Love. Typhus, tuberculosis, pneumonia… or a bullet, I don’t care!” wrote Saint Josemaría on this date.]]> <![CDATA[1975.5.25]]> In the Council Chamber of Barbastro Town Hall Saint Josemaría received the Barbastro Gold Medal. After the ceremony he said, “With God’s grace I renew my resolve to come to Barbastro with enough time for a heart-to heart talk with each of you individually, to speak to you about God, so that you can see how much he loves you and how much I love you, and so that you can help me to be good and faithful.”]]> <![CDATA[1974.5.24]]> “Our Lord wants us to be in the world and to love the world, but without being worldly. Our Lord wants us to remain in this world – which is now all topsy-turvy, and where the clamour of lust and disobedience and purposeless rebellion can be heard – so that we may teach people to live with joy. People are unhappy. They make a lot of noise, they sing and dance and shout, but they are weeping quietly. Deep down in of their hearts there is nothing but tears. They are not happy, they are miserable. And our Lord wants you and me to be happy,” said Saint Josemaría in 1974, during his stay in Brazil.]]> <![CDATA[1975.5.23]]> Saint Josemaría at the shrine of Torreciudad with Msgr. Alvaro del Portillo and the architect Heliodoro Dols. His comment on seeing the altarpiece was: “You have made the humble materials of the earth into divine material.” To know more on the shrine of Torreciudad Read here]]> <![CDATA[1974.5.22]]> Saint Josemaría arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he began a catechetical journey through several South American countries. He told them: “In this country you find it natural to open your arms to the whole world, and receive them all with affection. I would like that to become a supernatural motion, a great effort to make God known to all souls, to be united, to do good not only in this nation but from this great country, to the whole world. You can! And you should! And since our Lord gives you the means, he will also give you the desire to work.”]]> <![CDATA[1937.5.21]]> “Like an open wound, that’s how you are. Everything makes you suffer, in your faculties and in your senses. And everything is a temptation to you. Poor child! Be humble. You will see how quickly all this passes, and the pain will turn into joy, and the temptation, into firm steadfastness. But in the meantime, stir up your faith, fill yourself with hope, and make constant acts of love, even if you think they’re coming only from your lips,” wrote Saint Josemaría in his personal notes, during a period of inner purification.]]> <![CDATA[1970.5.20]]> Saint Josemaría prayed aloud before the picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico: “I offer you a future of love, with many souls. I, who am nothing, who can do nothing on my own, dare to offer you many souls, an infinite number of souls, masses of souls, throughout the world and down the centuries, who are resolved to dedicate themselves to your Son and to the service of other people, to bring them to Him.”]]> <![CDATA[1966.5.19]]> Saint Josemaría said in a homily: “Our life of prayer should also be based on some moments that are dedicated exclusively to our conversation with God, moments of silent dialogue, before the tabernacle if possible, in order to thank our Lord for having waited for us — so often alone — for twenty centuries. This heart-to-heart dialogue with God is mental prayer, in which the whole soul takes part; intelligence, imagination, memory and will are all involved. It is a meditation that helps to give supernatural value to our poor human life, with all its normal, everyday occurrences”. ]]> <![CDATA[1925.5.18]]> Saint Josemaría came to the end of his ministry in the parish of Perdiguera, a village near Saragossa. Years later, he recalled: “I lodged in the home of a very good countryman. He had a son who took the goats out every morning, and I felt sorry for him, seeing him spend all day out there with the herd. I did my best to give him a few catechism lessons, so that he could make his First Holy Communion. One day, to see how much he was learning, it occurred to me to ask him: “What would you like to do if you were rich, very rich?” “What does being rich mean?” he answered. “To be rich is to have a lot of money, to have a bank…” “And what is a bank?” I explained it in a simple way and continued: “To be rich is to have a lot of land, and instead of goats, very big cows. And to go to meetings, change suits three times a day… What would you do if you were rich?” His eyes opened wide, and then at last he said: “I would like to eat lots of bowls of soup and wine!” All our ambitions come down to that; nothing is worth while. Funnily enough I have never forgotten that story. It struck me and it made me think: “Josemaría, it is the Holy Spirit speaking.” The Wisdom of God did this to teach me that the things of the earth, all of them, come to that: very, very little.”]]>