Josemaria Escriva. Founder of Opus Dei - On this day Life and teachings of Saint Josemaria day by day <![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.’ ”]]> <![CDATA[1972.12.11]]> “At times my prayer, and my mortification, is living continually in Him: ‘I abandon myself in You!… I put myself into the arms of my Father-God, I appeal to my Mother, our Lady, and I trust completely, in spite of the difficulties along the way,” said St Josemaria on this date.]]> <![CDATA[1931.12.10]]> “Our will, strengthened by grace, is all-powerful before God. If, for instance, as we are traveling on a bus, we are struck by the thought of so many offences against God and say to Jesus, backing our words with our will, ‘My God, I wish I could make an act of love and reparation for every turn of the wheels carrying me,’ in that very instant, in the eyes of Jesus, we really have loved him and atoned just as we desired. Such ‘nonsense’ is not pushing spiritual childhood too far: it is the eternal dialogue between the innocent child and the father doting on his son: ‘Tell me, how much do you love me?’ And the little lad pipes up: ‘A mil-li-on mil-li-on times!’” St Josemaría wrote these words on this date.]]> <![CDATA[1932.12.9]]> Saint Josemaría was going through a period of severe financial hardship. He wrote: “After a lot of prayer to our Lord, I found, providentially, a decent little apartment in which to live with my family. Deo gratias!”]]> <![CDATA[Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception]]> Feast of our Lady’s Immaculate Conception. “How people like to be reminded of their relationship with distinguished figures in literature, in politics, in the army, in the Church!… Sing to Mary Immaculate, reminding her: ‘Hail Mary, Daughter of God the Father! Hail Mary, Mother of God the Son! Hail Mary, Spouse of God the Holy Spirit! Greater than you, none but God!’”]]>