St Raphael Meditation 5th Sunday of Easter

​During the coming weeks, we will publish, in audio format, some meditations preached by priests, which can help strengthen your life of prayer.

Opus Dei - St Raphael Meditation 5th Sunday of Easter

Listen to the meditation for the fifth Sunday of Easter (May 10th 2020):

I am the Way

What is a St. Raphael meditation?

Following the example of St. Josemaria, spiritual formation activities organised by Opus Dei for young people are placed entrusted to the intercession of St. Raphael. (For more on the first time St. Josemaria was inspired to entrust activities for young people to St. Raphael in October 1932, read here.)

In each center hosting St. Raphael activities, there is usually at least one meditation a week preached by the priest. The meditation is a time of guided prayer based on a text from the Gospel, the liturgy of the day, and so on.

Prayer is a requirement of Christian life: "[At such times,] a living relationship with Christ is decisive if we are to keep on the right path (…). People who pray are not wasting their time, even though the situation appears desperate and seems to call for action alone." - Benedict XVI Deus Caritas est n. 36. That is why the pedagogy of the art of prayer will always be an educational priority in the work of St. Raphael.

Where possible, the meditation is usually held on Saturdays, the day traditionally dedicated to Our Lady, as a manifestation of love for the Mother of God. As well, where possible, the meditation is followed by the exposition and blessing with the Blessed Sacrament and the singing of the Salve Regina or another Marian antiphon, according to the liturgical season. It is one more expression of the central place of the Eucharist in the Church.