St Josemaria Escriva in Argentina

On June 7, 1974, the founder of Opus Dei, Msgr Josemaria Escriva, arrived in Argentina, wishing to carry out an intense catechetical apostolate. During his stay in Argentina he had many encounters with people in Opus Dei, families and friends. In these gatherings he talked about the great themes that move the world: God and men, life and death, suffering and joy, love and the fight against sin. Tags: Catechetical trips

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Ana Sastre

St Josemaria's first trip to Latin America in May 1970.
Guadalupe is not only a shrine visited by nearly thirty million people every year; it embodies the faith of the whole country in union with their Virgen Morena, the brown-skinned Virgin. Tags: Poverty, Priesthood, Get-together, Catechetical trips, Our Lady

The Pantheon and Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

Places in Rome (4)

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

Saint Josemaria's first Holy Communion

Andrés Vazquez de Prada

Saint Josemaria made his First Communion on April 23,1912, exactly ten years after his Confirmation. It was the feast of Saint George, patron saint of Aragon and Catalonia, and the traditional day for the First Communion ceremonies in the church of the Piarists’ school. Tags: Eucharist, Holy Communion

Forgiving – and asking for forgiveness

In The Way St Josemaria wrote “Force yourself, if necessary, always to forgive those who offend you, from the very first moment. For the greatest injury or offence that you can suffer from them is as nothing compared with what God has pardoned you” (no. 452).
This article gives some examples of how St Josemaria practised forgiveness himself and said sorry, asking forgiveness of others." Tags: Forgiveness

February 16, 1932: “Love means deeds – not sweet words”

Andres Vazquez de Prada

This divine locution gave rise to n. 933 in The Way: "There is a story of a soul who, on saying to our Lord in prayer, ‘Jesus, I love you,’ heard this reply from heaven: ‘Love means deeds, not sweet words.’ "Think if you also could deserve this gentle reproach". Tags: Generosity, Javier Echevarria, Ascetical struggle

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