Tuesday, 26 June 2018

# Saints

Saint Josemaría Escrivá

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Effigy of Monsignor Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, founder of the Opus Dei Prelature, inside the San Miguel Arcángel Cathedral Parish, in the town of San Miguel.

The 26th of June is the feast day of Saint Josemaria Escriva (9 January 1902 – 26 June 1975). He is also known as Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer y Albás. He is the patron saint of Opus Dei.

Saint Josemaria Escriva lived between 1902 to 1975 and was born in Spain to a devout Catholic family and was one of their six children. However, three of their children died, and they experienced financial setbacks. When he was a teenager, he saw a path of bare footprints left in the snow by a Carmelite friar and decided his vocation was in the priesthood. He gave up his intended career as an architect and entered into the seminary. He earned a doctorate in civil law and theology and spent most of his life teaching in universities and studying. He founded Opus Dei, “The Work of God, which was an organisation of laity and priests that dedicated their lives to the universal call of holiness. Opus Dei now has over 80 000 members world wide. He wrote a book “The Way” which is now famous, and is a collection of spiritual and pastoral reflections. On June 26 1975 he died of a cardiac arrest after glancing at an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in his office in Rome. He was canonised by Pope Saint John Paul II.

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September 02, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear cchildren, my words are simple but are filled with motherly love and care. My children, all the more the shadows of darkness and deception are being cast over you, and I am calling you to the light and truth - I am calling you to my Son. Only He can transform despair and suffering into peace and clarity; only He can give hope in the deepest pain. My Son is the life of the world. The more that you come to know Him - the more that you come close to Him - all the more you will love Him, because my Son is love. Love changes everything; it makes most beautiful also that which, without love, seems insignificant to you. That is why, anew, I am saying to you that you must love a lot if you desire to grow spiritually. I know, apostles of my love, that it is not always easy, but, my children, also the painful paths are paths which lead to spiritual growth, to faith, and to my Son. My children, pray - think of my Son. In all the moments of the day, raise your soul to Him, and I will gather your prayers as flowers from the most beautiful garden and give them as a gift to my Son. Be true apostles of my love; spread the love of my Son to everyone. Be gardens of the most beautiful flowers. With your prayers help your shepherds that they may be spiritual fathers filled with love for all people. Thank you.

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