On February 14, 1971, St Josemaria wrote a brief note for himself: “Among the roses, kiss the Cross.”
When we feel the thorns
When we Christians have a hard time of it, it is because we are not giving to this life all its divine meaning. Where [...]
Tags: February 14, Cross, Suffering
Faced with the weight of all this, a Christian can find only one genuine answer, a definitive answer: Christ on the cross, a God who suffers and dies, a God who gives us his heart opened by a lance for the love of us all. [...]
Tags: Cross, Suffering, Holy Week
Stations of the Cross to download
Extracts from St Josemaria’s book The Way of the Cross are now available as an illustrated leaflet, in pdf format, to meditate on and share with friends.
Download the leaflet in pdf format
That is the secret
The Founder of Opus Dei used [...]
Tags: Cross, The Way of the Cross, Lent, Holy Week
Sickness, family problems, money worries, annoyances, lasting sadness. Hard times are something everyone has experience of. Can they be sanctified? In Christian life are they an opportunity or an obstacle?
Appreciate the good times
Most of you here are young. You are passing through that splendid period [...]
Tags: Cross, Peace, difficulties
St Josemaria’s book The Way, at no. 208, gives a prayer that is offered today by many people who have discovered the Christian meaning of suffering: “Blessed be pain. Loved be pain. Sanctified be pain. Glorified be pain.” This prayer has a history behind it [...]
Tags: Cross, Suffering, sick
Our youngest son, Inigo, was born on April 13, 2008. There were complications with the pregnancy, and I was hospitalized in the high-risk unit. One of the ultrasound scans showed that our baby had severe heart problems. We knew there was a 50-50 chance he [...]
Tags: Cross, Suffering, Sickness, Children, difficulties
Rodolfo and Lucia suffered the loss of their small son. How can people see God’s hand in events like that? St Josemaria replies to someone in a similar situation, who asked him how to bear suffering with joy.
Tags: Abandonment to God, Cross, Suffering, Children, Death, family
St Josemaria often recalled that at the start of Opus Dei he had no resources at all humanly speaking, and relied on supernatural resources: prayer and suffering offered to God.
Tags: Cross, Suffering, Founding of Opus Dei, Madrid
November 19 – December 2, 1937
1936. Spanish Civil War: violent religious persecution forced St Josemaria Escriva to go into hiding, temporarily halting his projects to spread Opus Dei’s apostolate abroad.
Before venerating the Holy Shroud, Benedict XVI presided over a large mass in Piazza San Carlo of Turin. There he asked families to stay together through difficulties.
“I encourage families to experience the Christian dimension of love in simple everyday activities, in family relationships, [...]
Tags: Cross, Jesus Christ, Youth, Pope Benedict XVI