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."
"Our Lady is shining spotlights of love"
October is the month of the Rosary. In this video from 1974, St. Josemaria speaks about praying the Rosary as a family.
20th Anniversary of the Canonization of St. Josemaría
On 6 October, 2002, John Paul II canonized the founder of Opus Dei, who he called the "saint of ordinary life."
Saint Pius X, Intercessor of Opus Dei
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.
New Mediterraneans (V): "To Jesus, Through Mary" (with audio)
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.”
A Door Opening to Mystery: the Athanasian Creed
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.
Saint Josemaria and Saint James the Apostle
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.
"Your work must become a personal prayer, must become a real conversation with Our Father in heaven.”
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 Includes a previously unpublished clip from his homily "Passionately Loving the World," given at the University of Navarra on October 8, 1967.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
"Finishing properly the tasks committed to us”
Sanctity is made up of heroic acts. Therefore, in our work we are asked for the heroism of finishing properly the tasks committed to us, day after day, even though they are the same tasks. If we don't, then we do not want to be saints. (Furrow, 529)
You asked what you could offer the Lord. I don't have to think twice about the answer: offer the same things as before, but do them better, finishing them off with a loving touch that will lead you to think more about Him and less about yourself. (Furrow, 495)
When you started your ordinary work again, something like a groan of complaint escaped you: "It's always the same!" And I …