Who Was He?
This 7-minute video describes the life of Saint Josemaría Escrivá, who spread the call to holiness in daily life and was called the "saint of the ordinary" by John Paul II. "We have to be contemplative souls in the middle of the world, who strive to turn our work into prayer," he often said. "Married people, single people, workers, intellectuals, farmers... right where they are can and should be good children of God."
Prayer for Families of the People of Opus Dei
Since 1951, on the Sunday after Christmas, in Opus Dei a special petition is made to the Holy Family of Nazareth for the families of the Prelature's faithful. Here is the story of the origin of this prayer.
Celebrating Christmas 2021
Some homilies, articles, videos and carols that can help us draw close to the Infant Jesus at Christmas time with the childlike piety of Saint Josemaria.
"Show us you are a mother!"
December 12 is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. An account of Saint Josemaria's pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico, in May 1970, where he was accompanied by Msgr. Javier Echevarria and Blessed Alvaro del Portillo.
Pilgrimage to the Holy House of Loreto
10 December is the feast of Our Lady of Loreto, established by Pope Francis. Saint Josemaría considered himself especially indebted to Our Lady of Loreto for a very serious need that he placed under Our Lady's mantle on 15 August 1951.
Novena to the Immaculate Conception
Nine days of special preparation for the great feast of our Lady's Immaculate Conception, with some resources for growing in love for Mary Immaculate.
Saint Nicholas, Intercessor of Opus Dei
December 6 is the feast of Saint Nicholas of Bari. The story of how Saint Josemaria came to name him intercessor for the financial needs of Opus Dei.
"I dream — and the dream has come true — of multitudes of God’s children, sanctifying themselves as ordinary citizens, sharing the ambitions and endeavours of their colleagues and friends.”
The Message of Saint Josemaria
A documentary about Opus Dei's message and its founder. Includes a previously unpublished clip from his homily "Passionately Loving the World," given at the University of Navarra on October 8, 1967.
"The Heart of Work": Saint Josemaria's Vision
A short video with selections from Saint Josemaria's preaching that illustrate what he means by "sanctifying our work" and striving to find God in our work and daily life.
St. Josemaria: Freedom for our Children
St. Josemaría always spoke a lot about freedom: granting it, defending it, knowing how to use it. Here he is asked: “How can we harmonize freedom and authority in raising our children?” (0’55”).
“Jesus, here is John the Milkman”
When St. Josemaria was a young parish priest, there was a milkman who entered his Church every morning for a few seconds. “Jesus, here is John the milkman.” To the young priest, that prayer seemed simple and beautiful (Weekly Video: 01’21’’).
The Saint of Ordinary Life: October 6, 2002
A 23-minute video by Alberto Michelini with highlights from the canonization of Saint Josemaria Escriva.
Called to be saints
Opus Dei helps to find Christ in the work, the family and in the rest of the ordinary activities.
eScrivaLite: an App to pray about each day's Gospel
This free App enables Saint Josemaría’s writings to lead you into the Gospel passage of today’s Mass, every day. The author of the App explains what led her to produce it and how it works.
Read these counsels slowly. Pause to meditate on these thoughts. They are things that I whisper in your ear—confiding them—as a friend, as a brother, as a father. And they are being heard by God.”
In a note to a 1950 edition of The Way, Saint Josemaría promised readers a new book —Furrow—soon to be published. The material was written and organized into chapter headings; only the numbering of the points of meditation and a stylistic revision remained
This book, a compilation of spiritual annotations of Josemaría Escrivá appearing in 1987, completes the trilogy aimed at facilitating personal prayer that began with The Way and continued with Furrow
Friends of God
A canticle to ordinary life, addressed to ordinary Christians, about the extraordinary surprise God has in store for them. This compilation was the first posthumous work of Saint Josemaría
Christ is Passing By
An audio version of "Christ's Death is the Christian's Life," from "Christ is Passing By."
One December morning in 1931, Fr. Josemaría dashed off this small book in one sitting, just after celebrating Mass. He poured into these pages an example of his way of meditating the mysteries of the life of Jesus and Mary, and of reciting the Rosary. Parting with his reader, he confides, “My friend: I have told you just part of my secret. It is up to you, with God’s help, to discover the rest. Take courage. Be faithful. Become little (...) If you say the Rosary in this way, you will learn to pray well.”
The Splendor of Charity: St. Josemaría’s Legacy
Pope's Letter to Young People of UNIV
Scott Hahn: Sacred Scripture in the Writings of Saint Josemaria
Pope Francis & Saint Josemaria: True Friendship is Deep
“We children of God have to be contemplatives”
I will never share the opinion - though I respect it - of those who separate prayer from active life, as if they were incompatible. We children of God have to be contemplatives: people who, in the midst of the din of the throng, know how to find silence of soul in a lasting conversation with Our Lord, people who know how to look at him as they look at a Father, as they look at a Friend, as they look at someone with whom they are madly in love. (The Forge, 738)
Have no doubt: any kind of evasion of the honest realities of daily life is for you, men and women of the world, something opposed to the will of God.
On the contrary, you must understand now, more clearly, that God is calling you to serve Him in and from the ordinary, material and secular activities of human life. He waits for us every day, in the laboratory, in the …