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St Josemaria went to Willesden to pray to our Lady

On August 5, 1958, St Josemaria celebrated Mass in Great Britain for the first time. He had arrived at Dover the day before, and, as was his custom, as soon as he disembarked he had said three Hail Marys, concluding with the aspiration “Sancta Maria, [...]
Tags: Prayer, Our Lady, UK

Anniversary of St Josemaria’s ordination to the priesthood

On Wednesday, January 9, 1918, Josemaría turned sixteen. The city of Logroño lay peaceful under a heavy snowfall. The temperature hovered around zero degrees Fahrenheit. No one went out unless they absolutely had to. José had found work in Logroño as a sales clerk in [...]
Tags: Love of God, Footprints in the Snow, Logroño, Prayer, Priesthood, Holiness, The Will of God, Saragossa, calling

Gethsemane: the Agony in the Garden and the Prayer of Jesus

Footprints of our Faith “When God’s appointed time comes to save mankind from the slavery of sin, we contemplate Jesus Christ in Gethsemani, suffering in agony to the point of sweating blood (cf. Lk 22:44). He spontaneously and unconditionally accepts the sacrifice which the Father is [...]
Tags: Faith, Prayer, Following Christ, The Will of God, Holy Week , Year of Faith, In the footprints of our Faith

Homily of John Paul II in the Canonization of the founder of Opus Dei

1. "All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God" (Rom 8,14). These words of the Apostle Paul, which we have just heard, help us understand better the significant message of today's canonization of Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer. With docility he [...]
Tags: Apostolate, Canonization, Pope John Paul II, Prayer, Interior life, Vocation

Pray that I become a soul of prayer

Opus Dei Prelate’s 80th Birthday “Javi!” And he added in a weaker voice, as Fr. Javier came into the room, “I don’t feel well.” These were St Josemaria’s last words on earth. It was 12 noon on June 26, 1975, in Rome. He was speaking to [...]
Tags: Joy, Contrition, Javier Echevarria, Prayer

Consecrating Opus Dei to the Holy Spirit

In 1971, St Josemaria decided to consecrate Opus Dei to the Holy Spirit, thinking of how much the Church needed all her members to be holy. He himself composed the prayer of consecration, which is renewed in all Opus Dei centers every year, on the [...]
Tags: Holy Spirit, Church, Prayer, locution, Consecrations of Opus Dei

We need to converse with God

The primacy of prayer over action “Of maximum usefulness in the Church of Jesus are not the so-called practical men nor even the pure proponents of theories, but the true contemplatives,” wrote Josemaria Escriva’s first successor, Monsignor Alvaro del Portillo , in the pages of the [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Contemplation, Javier Echevarria, Prayer

He asked me to let him stay there alone for a little while

The Augustinian Father José Llamas Simón met Saint Josemaría in 1944, when the founder of Opus Dei was preaching a spiritual retreat to the Community of the Royal Monastery of Saint Lawrence in El Escorial, Madrid. In the testimony he wrote for the Cause of [...]
Tags: Eucharist, Jesus Christ, Prayer, Retreat

Saint Josemaria’s Devotion to Our Lady

“We have to love the Blessed Virgin Mary more. We will never love her enough. Love her a lot!” is Saint Josemaría’s advice at The Forge, n. 527. Msgr. Alvaro del Portillo recounts some of his memories of Saint Josemaría’s devotion to our Lady in [...]
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He put all his love into saying Holy Mass

Msgr Javier Echevarría saw from close at hand, from 1953 onwards, how St Josemaría prepared to celebrate Mass, how he said it, how he did his thanksgiving afterwards, and how he prolonged it throughout the day. The following is an extract from Msgr Echevarría’s book [...]
Tags: Gratitude, Eucharist, Faith, Javier Echevarria, Prayer, Piety, Priesthood