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St Josemaria at Lourdes

François Gondrand

St Josemaria went to Lourdes, France several times. The book “At God’s Pace” by François Gondrand contains a brief account of one of his visits to the Grotto at Lourdes on October 3, 1972.
"As always when in Lourdes, he stopped to drink the spring water. Then he went towards the site of the apparitions, where a ceremony was about to start. As soon as he saw the statue of the Virgin of the Rosary, he knelt on the ground." Tags: Catechetical trips, Our Lady

How did St Josemaria imagine St Joseph?

The Seven Sundays of Saint Joseph

The Seven Sundays of St. Joseph is a devotion to the patron of the universal Church. On the seven Sundays preceding his feast, March 19, the faithful have traditionally contemplated seven sorrows and joys in his life. Illustrated leaflet downloadable in pdf. Tags: St Joseph, Josemaria Escriva

New year, new struggle!

Andres Vazquez de Prada

Saint Josemaría always taught that what counts for holiness is the ability to correct ourselves constantly. This extract from a biography of Saint Josemaría tells how he set himself this motto for the year 1972. Tags: Ascetical struggle

St John Lateran

Places in Rome (12)

By Baptism, all Christians are called to holiness and apostolate. The inscription on the Lateran Baptistery shows a keen awareness of this fact in the early Christians. This is why St Josemaría explained the spirit of Opus Dei by comparing it to the life of the early Christians. Tags: Apostolate, Baptism, Places in Rome, Opus Dei, Early Christians

Saint Josemaria’s Devotion to Our Lady

Bishop Alvaro del Portillo

“We have to love the Blessed Virgin Mary more. We will never love her enough. Love her a lot!” is St Josemaría’s advice at "The Forge". Msgr. Alvaro del Portillo recounts some of his memories of Saint Josemaría’s devotion to our Lady in the following extract from "Immersed in God". Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Prayer, Our Lady

The Archangels: Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

Benedict XVI

We are celebrating the Feast of the three Archangels who are mentioned by name in Scripture: Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. But what is an Angel? Tags: Angels, Pope Benedict XVI

St Josemaria and the Archangels

On Thursday, October 6, 1932, while St Josemaria Escriva was praying in the chapel of Saint John of the Cross during his retreat at the Discalced Carmelite monastery in Segovia, he was for the first time inwardly moved to invoke the three archangels and the three apostles Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, and Saints Peter, Paul, and John. From that moment on he considered them the patrons of the different fields of apostolate that would make up Opus Dei. Tags: Angels, Apostolate, Opus Dei

St Josemaria and Our Lady of Mercy, Barcelona

Marc Argemí

St Josemaria Escriva was a devotee of the Blessed Virgin Mary his whole life long. Each of her titles found a place in his heart and some took on special resonance at particular eras in his life. One of these was Our Lady of Mercy, patron of Barcelona, Spain. Tags: Gratitude, Barcelona, History, Our Lady

London, August 1958: You can’t, but I can!

Andrés Vazquez de Prada

The founder of Opus Dei first visited London in 1958. He stayed from the beginning of August to the middle of September. He returned in each of the following years until 1962. In 1958, he arrived on August 4 and the following day wrote on the back of a holy picture, Sancta Maria, Sedes Sapientiae, filios tuos adiuva (Holy Mary, Seat of Wisdom, help your children); Oxford, Cambridge, 5-VIII-58. Tags: Apostolate, rest, Faith

The Founder of Opus Dei in Ars

St Josemaria always had recourse to the intercession of the Curé of Ars, who is the patron of secular clergy, with great faith. His first journey to the town of Ars, to see the place where St John Marie Vianney worked as a priest and to pray at his tomb, was in 1953. Tags: Priesthood, trips

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