Josemaria Escriva. Founder of Opus Dei - On this day Life and teachings of Saint Josemaria day by day <![CDATA[1975.2.23]]> Saint Josemaría blessed hundreds of people who had gone to the airport in Guatemala to see him off, just before his departure. Many had been unable to meet him during his stay because he had been ill. He said, “I was really sorry not to be able to spend time with you. Patience! At first it made me sad, but now I’m happy. I’ve offered it all up for the apostolate in Central America.”]]> <![CDATA[1932.2.22]]> From the very start of Opus Dei Saint Josemaría set up meetings with priests which he used to call “Monday Conferences”. The first of them took place on this day in 1932.]]> <![CDATA[1938.2.21]]> During a journey he stopped off at the Basilica of Our Lady of Pilar in Saragossa. Years later, recalling the time he spent in the seminary there, he said, “Although I’m now far from there, neither the shrine nor Our Lady of Pilar will ever fade from my memory. I still treat her with a son’s love. With the same faith with which I invoked her in those days, in the nineteen-twenties, when our Lord made me sense what he was expecting of me: with that same faith I invoke her now.”]]> <![CDATA[1934.2.20]]> “Get rid of those useless thoughts which, at best, are but a waste of time,” wrote Saint Josemaría on today’s date. This would later become no. 13 of The Way.]]> <![CDATA[1975.2.19]]> Saint Josemaría in Guatemala with Don Alvaro del Portillo, whose saint’s day it was. Someone wished Don Alvaro a happy saint’s day, and Saint Josemaría joined in the applause. ]]> <![CDATA[1975.2.18]]> “Wear on your breast the holy scapular of Carmel. There are many excellent Marian devotions, but few are so deep-rooted among the faithful, and have received so many blessings from the Popes. Besides, how maternal this sabbatine privilege is!” The photograph shows a shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Altavista Conference Centre in Guatemala.]]> <![CDATA[1975.2.17]]> “I know that this country is very much God’s; you have a great love for the Blessed Eucharist and devotion to the Rosary, right?” said Saint Josemaría in Guatemala, where he stayed from 15 to 23 February.]]> <![CDATA[1932.2.16]]> “Today, after giving the nuns Holy Communion […] I told Jesus what I tell him so many, many times both day and night: ‘I love you more than these!’ And immediately I understood, without hearing any words: ‘Love is deeds, not sweet words’.” This was Saint Josemaría’s account of something that happened in the Saint Elizabeth Foundation, where he was chaplain.]]> <![CDATA[1932.2.15]]> “If Love, even human love, gives so much consolation here, what will Love not be in Heaven?” wrote Saint Josemaría in his personal notes; later this would be no. 428 in The Way.]]> <![CDATA[1930.2.14]]> While celebrating Mass in Madrid in 1930 Saint Josemaría understood that he had to start Opus Dei’s apostolate with women. On the same date in 1943, he received light from God to solve the question of the incardination into Opus Dei of priests coming from among the laymen who were already incorporated into the Work: and so the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross was born.]]>