The Stronger Faith We All Need

To strengthen our spiritual life during this global crisis, here are some resources that could help. Check back for daily updates.

Opus Dei - The Stronger Faith We All Need


Yesterday was the 5th anniversary of the publication of the encyclical Laudato Si' on care for our common home.

Saint Raphael Meditation for the Ascension: What is a "St. Raphael meditation"? St. Josemaria placed the activities of spiritual formation for young people under the spiritual patronage of the archangel St. Raphael. In each center hosting St. Raphael activities, there is usually a weekly meditation: a time of guided prayer preached by a priest.

In the latest episode of Corona: Use it, Don't Lose it, Alvaro de Vicente, head of The Heights School in Maryland reveals his six secrets for making this COVID summer the best summer of your life:

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I Have Called You Friends (I): Does God Have Friends?: God has always taken the first step in seeking our friendship. By being his friend, we learn how to be good friends of others. This is the first article in a new series on Christian life.

Audio Meditation of the Prelate: "Mary's Friendship": In this second audio meditation for the month of May, Monsignor Ocáriz recommends looking at Mary as a model of how to be a better friend:

Novena to the Holy Spirit: Some practical ways to grow in devotion to the Holy Spirit during the ten days from the Ascension to the feast of Pentecost, led by the piety of Saint Josemaria.

Let the Memories Bring You Back (Download PDF): A little over a year ago, few of us knew much about Guadalupe's life. And yet, since Pope Francis announced her beatification, many people have gotten to know the story of Blessed Guadalupe and have discovered that she can be the "saint next door" for their own lives.

Do your May Recollection from home: Who said you can't spend a few hours in quiet prayer in your very own home? Even if you are not with other people or cannot make it to an Opus Dei center, these materials can help you to do a "recollection" wherever you are.

Make a Virtual Pilgrimage #StayHome: With this kit, you can make virtual visits to Marian shrines in different countries, allowing you to make a May pilgrimage to Our Lady with your family or with a friend, without leaving your home.


Letter to All the Faithful for the Month of May: Pope Francis is inviting everyone to pray the Rosary with special devotion during the month of May, and offers two prayers to our Lady that can be recited after the Litany.

Holy Week with the Pope: Homilies, Videos and More

FULL TEXT of Pope Francis' emergency "Urbi et Orbi" Meditation

This link is updated every week with the Pope's general audience on Wednesdays.

► At this link, you can always access the following (all times Rome time): the live-stream of the Pope's morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta (every morning at 7 AM); the Pope's general audience (every Wednesday at 9.30 AM); and the Angelus (every Sunday at 12 noon).

Latest updates about the Pope.


Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz speaks about Saint Josemaria's pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico in May 1970 to pray for the Church and the whole world:

Letter from the Prelate (15 May 2020): As the lockdown begins to be lifted in many places, Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz encourages us to show others the attractiveness of being Christ's disciple with our own lives.

Audio Meditation of the Prelate: "Mother of God and our Hope":

Letter from the Prelate (29 April 2020): "I especially ask you that, in these visits to our Mother, you keep very much in mind the intentions that Pope Francis expressed to us in his letter on April 25th. There he invites us to rediscover the practice of the family rosary and to continue asking for the end of the pandemic and for our Lady’s protection for those who are suffering most intensely."

Easter Video-Message from the Prelate of Opus Dei.

Letter from the Prelate (April 1st): With Holy Week only a few days away and amid so much suffering, Mons. Ocáriz invites us to look at Christ on the Cross, who is the source of our hope.

► A message of encouragement from Mons. Fernando Ocáriz in light of the pandemic.


Here are some links to online Masses which may be useful while there are no public Masses in churches.

6 tips for living the Mass better under the present circumstances.

► A reflection on the spiritual communion that Saint Josemaría often prayed.


The Fundamental Right to Hope: Pope Francis said in his homily at the Easter Vigil: “Jesus’ hope is different. He plants in our hearts the conviction that God is able to make everything work unto good, because even from the grave he brings life.”

► Many are having difficulty accessing the sacraments. Here is an article to help you work through this situation: Confession: a God Who Runs to Meet Us.

Note from the Apostolic Penitentiary on Confession about the gravity of the present circumstances.

Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary on the possibility of special indulgences to the faithful in the current pandemic.

What is a Plenary Indulgence? #Covid-19


Prayers to Pray with the Sick: A free booklet that provides helpful reading and prayers for family and caregivers of those who are dying or gravely ill.

► This Novena for the Sick is a way to pray with Saint Josemaría for all those who are suffering illness.

Caring for the Elderly When They Need It Most: Reflections about taking care of people who are transitioning from independence to assisted living, either at home or in a facility.

Ideas from Pope Francis about caring for the sick in our families.


"What more can I do?": As we face a global health crisis, we may find ourselves feeling helpless or at a loss about the best ways to respond or react. What difference can one person really make to improve such a complex situation? The example of Joanna from Singapore shows that knowledge of one’s personal circumstances, a network of good friends, and a bit of initiative can go a long way.

The Creativity of Love: From the Philippines to Argentina and Poland, these stories are just a sample of where creativity at the service of charity can lead us in our current adverse circumstances.

The "Covid Backliners" A husband and wife team in the Philippines coordinate an emergency supply chain of food and medical supplies to support their local hospitals and essential services. It all began with a simple question: what can we do to help?

A Wedding During the Pandemic: An uplifting story about a couple who decided to still go ahead and get married despite the lockdown forcing them to reduce their wedding guest list to four people.

St. Josemaria: Tips For Getting Along: Maintaining family peace is not always easy if you have to spend 24-hours under the same roof. Here's some food for thought from the "saint of ordinary life".

Ideas for supporting one another and maintaining friendships at a distance.

Five Remedies Against Sadness. We have all been sad at one point. Is there a trick for overcoming sorrow and recovering our smile?

Snow-covered Volcanos: Did you know Saint Josemaria spent months in forced confinement during the Spanish Civil War?

Podcast for young people: Listen to fellow peers who are finding ways to take advantage of this period in the best possible way. Tune in now to Corona: Use it, Don't Lose it.


► A selection of meditations by different priests of Opus Dei to "inflame" your prayer, wherever you are.

Looking for shorter options?

10 Minutes with Jesus: Daily podcast reflections to inspire your prayer.


► Here you can read a commentary on Sunday's Gospel.