I am very glad to address to each one of you my most cordial welcome. I greet Cardinal Fortunato Baldelli, Major Penitentiary, and I thank him for his courteous words. I greet Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, Regent of the Penitentiary, the personnel, the co-workers and [...]
Tags: Sacrament of Reconciliation, Pope, Sacraments, Pope Benedict XVI, Penance
In the fifth week of Lent, on the Saturday before Passion Sunday, March 28, 1925, Bishop Miguel de los Santos Diaz Gómara, Bishop of Tagora, conferred priestly ordination on Josemaria Escriva in the Church of the Royal Seminary of San Carlos, Saragossa. Another nine deacons [...]
Tags: Priesthood, Sacraments, Holy Mass, calling
In the homily “A Priest Forever” St Josemaria reflects on the Holy Mass; the nature of the Catholic priesthood, its dignity and necessity; and the relationship between priests and lay-people in the Church. The following are some excerpts from it.
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Tags: Order, Priesthood, Sacraments, Priestly Society of the Holy Cross
And when the hour had come, he reclined at table, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said to them, ‘I have greatly desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you that I will eat of it [...]
Tags: Eucharist, Generosity, Grace, Sacraments, Holy Rosary
I was impressed by Josemaria Escriva’s love for the Sacraments. The Mass “the center and root of the Christian life,” is more and more for me, as it was for Josemaria Escriva, the center of my days.
Since the beginning, I was amazed by the [...]
Tags: Love of God, Sacraments, Work
Bishop Javier Echevarria, who worked with St Josemaria for many years and is now the prelate of Opus Dei, explains how St Josemaria saw the priesthood and taught others to see it – a life of unity and fraternity in close identification with Christ. Above [...]
Tags: Priesthood, Sacraments, Following Christ
As regards personal sanctification, Saint Josemaría did not hesitate to state that the Eucharist is “the centre and root of the spiritual life”, as the Second Vatican Council would later repeat. In his lifetime, Saint Josemaría encouraged hundreds of thousands of men and women to [...]
Tags: Eucharist, Jesus Christ, Sacraments
“A priest's worth can be measured by the way he lives his Mass.”--St Josemaria
When I was a young man serving Mass at my local parish, I was struck by one particular priest who was resident in the parish. He was a veteran of the [...]
Tags: Eucharist, Priesthood, Sacraments
Rome, 3 April 2005
May Jesus watch over my daughters and sons for me!
My dearest children: We were already preparing for the painful event of the death of our much-loved Pope John Paul II, who, yet more frequently in these last years and months, offered the [...]
Tags: Love of God, Beauty, Eucharist, Faith, Pope, Sacraments, Interior life