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Is it Possible to Face Death Serenely?

“Jesus’ Resurrection does not only give us the certainty of life after death, it also illumines the very mystery of the death of each one of us. If we live united to Jesus, faithful to him, we will also be able to face the passage [...]
Tags: Love of God, Heaven, Cross, Faith, Grace, Death, happiness, life, eternity

Living through Holy Week with St Josemaria

"Living Holy Week means entering ever more deeply into the logic of God, into the logic of the Cross, which is not primarily that of suffering and death, but rather that of love and of the gift of self which brings life. It means entering [...]
Tags: Cross, Gospel, Prayer, Following Christ, Holy Week

Among the roses, kiss the Cross

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

The Cross is no easy solution

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 , difficulties

Stations of the Cross to download

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

Hard times

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

The Seventh Sorrow: the Burial of Jesus

After this Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him leave. So he came and took away his body. Nicodemus also, who [...]
Tags: Cross, Suffering, Death, Our Lady

The Sixth Sorrow: Christ’s Body is taken down from the Cross

And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and [...]
Tags: Cross, Suffering, Jesus Christ, Death, Our Lady

The Fifth Sorrow: The Death of Jesus on the Cross

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalen. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he [...]
Tags: Cross, Suffering, Faithfulness, Fortitude, Our Lady

The Fourth Sorrow: Mary and Jesus meet on the road to Calvary

So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull. John 19:17 No sooner has Jesus risen from his first fall than he meets his Blessed Mother, standing by the wayside where He is passing. With immense [...]
Tags: Cross, Suffering, Jesus Christ, Our Lady