Some practical ways to grow in devotion to the Holy Spirit during the ten days from the Ascension to Pentecost, led by the piety of Saint Josemaria and Pope Francis.
The founder of Opus Dei was ordained a priest in the chapel of his diocesan seminary. Two days later, he celebrated his first Mass in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, at the feet of the beloved Madonna he had prayed to so often.
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.
August 21 is the feast of St. Pius X, the intercessor to whom St. Josemaria entrusted the Work's relation with the Holy See. In this excerpt, Miguel De Salis Amaral writes about St. Josemaria's lifelong devotion to this Pope.
July 25 is the feast of Saint James the Apostle. Here is the story of several trips Saint Josemaria made to Santiago de Compostela, where the Apostle's remains are preserved, including his first pilgrimage there in 1938 during the difficult days of the Spanish civil war.
Audio recording and text of "Finding Peace in the Heart of Christ," a homily given by Saint Josemaria on 17 June 1966, the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which the Church celebrates this Friday.
An article by Constantine Ánchel published in Romana 69. It includes abundant testimonies of how Josemaria formed many friendships even from a young age, which he kept up throughout his lifetime
Volume One of the first in-depth history of Opus Dei, written by José Luis González Gullón and John F. Coverdale, is now available in English from Scepter Publishers.
Saint Josemaria speaks about his pilgrimages to the shrine of Fatima, his friendship with Sister Lucia, and his devotion to the holy Rosary.
A new video with excerpts from Saint Josemaria's preaching on the Eucharist: "Living the Holy Mass is to pray constantly, convinced that, for each of us, it is a personal encounter with God."
A new audiobook of "Letters to a Saint," a selection of letters from Blessed Guadalupe Ortiz de Landázuri to Saint Josemaria Escriva, for the feast of Blessed Guadalupe.
A long-standing tradition in the Church is to prepare for the feast of Saint Joseph by dedicating the seven Sundays before March 19 to Saint Joseph, in memory of his seven sorrows and joys.
October is the month of the Rosary. In this video from 1974, St. Josemaria speaks about praying the Rosary as a family.
As a young priest, Saint Josemaria grasped with new depth a truth he had always known. “Yesterday I discovered another Mediterranean: if I am a son of my Father God, then I am also a son of my Mother Mary.”
July 16 is the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. "Wear on your breast the holy scapular of Carmel," Saint Josemaria said. "Besides, how maternal the sabbatine privilege is!"
The story of Fernando, a nightclub doorman in Portugal who dreamed of being a soldier, and who eventually found God thanks to a movie about the founder of Opus Dei.
Some resources for growing in love for Christ's real presence in the Eucharist, with words from Pope Francis, Saint John Paul II, Saint Josemaria and Bishop Javier Echevarria.
The Monday after Pentecost is now the feast of the memorial of Mary, "Mater Ecclesiae." Some texts from Pope Francis and Saint Josemaria to help us appreciate this liturgical feast.
On April 27th, 1954, feast of Our Lady of Montserrat, after a severe allergic reaction to insulin, Saint Josemaria was cured inexplicably (according to medical opinion) of the diabetes he had suffered from for years.
Saint Josemaria was ordained to the priesthood on 28 March 1925. Here is a meditation he gave on Holy Thursday, 27 March 1975, eve of the 50th anniversary of his ordination and three months before his death.
April 29 is the feast day of Saint Catherine of Siena. The story of how Saint Josemaria decided to name her an intercessor of Opus Dei. Adapted from an article published in "Studia et Documenta," vol. 8 (2014).
In May of 1970, St. Josemaría announced his desire to cross the Atlantic to prostrate himself at the feet of Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose feast we celebrate on 12 December.
On 6 October, 2002, John Paul II canonized the founder of Opus Dei, who he called the "saint of ordinary life."
The Athanasian Creed – also known by its first words “Quicumque vult” – is a summary of truths of the faith about the Most Holy Trinity and the Incarnation. Saint Josemaría used to pray and meditate on this text on the third Sunday of each month, to grow in his love for the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Homily of the Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Charles John Brown at the Manila Cathedral on 27 June 2022 to celebrate the feast day of St. Josemaria Escriva.
The feast of Saint Thomas More is celebrated on 22 June. An article by Andrew Hegarty published in "Studia et Documenta," vol. 8 – 2014.
On the first Sunday after Pentecost, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Some resources for growing in devotion to the Trinity.
Saint Josemaria was beatified on 17 May 1992. Here is the homily given by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger at the Mass of Thanksgiving for the Beatification of Josemaría Escrivá on 19 May 1992, in the Basilica of the Holy Apostles in Rome.
Saint Josemaria's First Holy Communion took place on 23 April 1912, the feast of Saint George, patron saint of Aragon and Catalonia, and the traditional day for First Communion ceremonies.
A recent book about Saint Josemaria, ‘The Cremades Plans’ by Msgr. Javier Cremades (1946-2021), can now be downloaded in audio format and as a free eBook. "This saint will give us everything we need to draw closer to God."