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."
"That First Prayer of a Child of God" (with audio)
On 16 October 1931, Saint Josemaria, beset with many worries, deeply experienced the reality that he was a child of God, which he called a "new Mediterranean" in his life.
New Anniversary of Canonization
Saint Josemaria was canonized on October 6, 2002. Here is the address Pope John Paul II gave the next day, a powerful summary of the founder's life and message.
"One Second of October": Anniversary of the Founding of Opus Dei
A meditation given by Saint Josemaria in Rome on 2 October 1962, on the feast of the Holy Guardian Angels and an anniversary of the founding of Opus Dei in 1928.
"This painting draws me to Mass every day"
In the Year of St. Joseph and of the Family, Oakcrest School in Virginia has dedicated an original painting of the Holy Family for the school's chapel.
Saints Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Archangels
On September 29, the Church honors the Holy Archangels. A brief history of how Saint Josemaria chose them as patrons of Opus Dei.
“I found you on the ground”
On a cold rainy day in Chile, Manuel found a prayer card of Saint Josemaría lying on the ground, soaked and dirty. It was the beginning of a close friendship.
"God is not removing you from your environment. He is not taking you away from the world, or from your condition in life, or from your noble human ambitions, or from your professional work ... But he wants you to be a saint - right there!”
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 Includes a previously unpublished clip from his homily "Passionately Loving the World," given at the University of Navarra on October 8, 1967.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 urgently need to christianize society”
Following the Master's wishes, you are to be salt and light while being fully immersed in this world we were made to live in, sharing in all human activities. Light illumines the hearts and minds of men. Salt gives flavor and preserves from corruption. That is why if you lack apostolic zeal you will become insipid and useless. You will be letting other people down and your life will be absurd. (The Forge, 22)
God did not create us to build a lasting city here on earth , because 'this world is the way to that other, a dwelling place free from care' . Nevertheless, we children of God ought not to remain aloof from earthly endeavors, for God has placed us here to sanctify them and make them fruitful with our blessed faith, which alone is capable of bringing true peace and joy …