Josemaría Escriva

REFLECTION: The Flight Into Egypt, by Josemaria Escriva

January 10, 2017

From Friends of God Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there till I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night, and departed to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt have I called my son.” (Matthew 2:13-15) The charity of Mary brought about the birth of the faithful into the church, who are members of that head of which she is effectively the mother according to the flesh. Mary teaches us as a mother does, and, being a mother, she [...]

HOMILY: Towards Holiness by Josemaría Escrivá

July 31, 2016

We are deeply moved, and our hearts profoundly shaken, when we listen attentively to that cry of Saint Paul: This is God’s will for you, your sanctification.  Today, once again, I set myself this goal and I also remind you and all mankind: this is God’s will for us, that we be saints. In order to bring peace, genuine peace, to souls; in order to transform the Earth and to seek God, our Lord, in the world and through the things of the world, personal sanctity is indispensable.  In my conversations with people from so many countries and from all kinds of social backgrounds, I am often asked: What do you say to us married folk?  To those of us who work on the land?  To widows?  To young people? I reply systematically that I [...]

ANGELS: Saint Josemaría And The Guardian Angels by Alvaro del Portillo

July 30, 2016

From the website Saint Josemaría Escrivá Opus Dei was founded in 1928 on October 2 – the feast of the Guardian Angels. Saint Josemaría’s devotion to the guardian angels, whom he saw as celestial protectors and messengers, went back to his childhood. Here Bishop Alvaro del Portillo recalls some aspects of this devotion. The Father learned from his parents to have recourse to his guardian angel. Then later on, as a seminarian, he read in a book by one of the Fathers of the church that, in addition to a guardian angel, priests have a ministerial Archangel as well; and so, from the day of his ordination to the priesthood, he turned to this archangel with great simplicity and confidence. In fact, he said he felt certain that even if [...]

PRAYER: Novena To Saint Josemaría Escriva For Forgiveness

February 8, 2016

First Day: For Peace of Heart Reflection: In the words of Saint Josemaría What takes away your peace of soul cannot come from God. A clear mark of the man of God, of the woman of God, is the peace in their souls: they have peace and they give peace to the people they have dealings with. We must bring people together, we must understand others, we must make allowances. Never put up a cross just to keep alive the memory that some people have killed others. Such a cross would betoken the devil. Christ’s cross is to keep silent, to forgive and to pray for those on both sides, so that all may attain peace. Just as Christ “went about doing good” throughout Palestine, so must you also spread peace in your family circle, in civil society, [...]