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The Pantheon and Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

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St Catherine of Siena, whose feast day is April 29, lived in Rome at the end of her life, in a difficult time for the Church. She had the habit of praying before the memorials of Apostles and Martyrs. Her mortal remains are now venerated in the Church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, close to the Pantheon, now the Basilica of St Mary and the Martyrs. St Josemaria learnt a lot from St Catherine's love for the Pope and for the early confessors of the Faith. Tags: Church, Places in Rome, Our Lady

Saint Josemaria and Our Lady of Montserrat

St Josemaria had a lot of devotion to Our Lady of Montserrat. Records exist of frequent visits made by him to the shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat in Barcelona, Spain, during the 1940s, especially towards the end of 1946, the year when he moved to Rome. Despite the move, his love for the Blessed Virgin Mary under this advocation continued throughout his life. And it was on the feast of Our Lady of Montserrat, 27 April 1954, that he was cured of diabetes, after a very severe attack which brought him to the point of death. Tags: Abandonment to God, Alvaro del Portillo, Sickness, The Will of God, Josemaria Escriva

St Josemaria is Cured of Diabetes

Andres Vazquez de Prada

On April 27th, 1954, feast of our Lady of Montserrat, after having something like a severe allergic reaction, St Josemaria was cured inexplicably (according to medical opinion) of the diabetes which he had suffered from for several years. Tags: Sickness, Death, Our Lady

Anniversary of St Josemaria’s ordination to the priesthood

On March 28, 1925 he was ordained a priest in the chapel of the seminary. He celebrated his first Mass in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, at the feet of the beloved Madonna he had prayed to so often. Tags: Love of God, Footprints in the Snow, Logroño, Prayer, Priesthood, Holiness, The Will of God, Saragossa, calling

Saint Josemaria and the Role of Saint Joseph in Christian Life

Lucas F. Mateo-Seco

An article that will appear in the forthcoming issue of "Romana" (no. 59), written by Fr. Lucas Mateo-Seco shortly before his death in February 2014. The feast of Saint Joseph is celebrated in the Church on March 19. Tags: Faith, Holy Family, St Joseph, Unity of life, Interior life, Devotion, Josemaria Escriva

Historic dates for Opus Dei

A. Vazquez de Prada

Speaking about the paradoxes of the founding, saint Josemaría would say one day: “The foundation of Opus Dei happened without me; the women’s branch, against my personal opinion; and the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross, when I was seeking it but unable to find it.” Tags: February 14 , October 2, 1928, Founding of Opus Dei, Priestly Society of the Holy Cross

Archbishop Oscar Romero: Letter to the Pope on Escriva's death

Archbishop Oscar Romero

A letter written to the Pope by El Salvadorean Bishop Oscar Romero on July 12, 1975, requesting the opening of a cause for St Josemaria’s canonization. Bishop Romero was killed while celebrating Holy Mass in 1980. Tags: Canonization, Pope John Paul II, Holiness

Embraced in Her Suffering: A Reflection on Our Lady of Lourdes

St. Josemaria Institute

On February 11, we celebrate our Lady’s apparitions at Lourdes, especially under the title of the Immaculate Conception. Her apparitions and numerous miraculous healings at Lourdes show us not only the exceptional value that suffering has in God’s eyes, but also how our own eyes need to be cleansed in order to see its value — both in ourselves and in others. Tags: Joy, Suffering, Sickness, Generosity, Our Lady, St Josemaria Institute

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

Mount Tabor: Basilica of the Transfiguration

J. Gil

From the earliest times the fertile Esdraelon plain in Galilee has been criss-crossed by paths and caravan trails. Travellers coming down from Mesopotamia and Syria, after following the shoreline of Lake Gennesareth. Those coming from the south, from Mount Hebron, following the route from Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Samaria, travelled northwards, passing close to Nazareth. The solitary peak of Mount Tabor towers over the plain. Tags: Faith, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

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