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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Our Lady of Medjugorje

November 2, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, My motherly heart suffers as I am looking at my children who do not love the truth, those who are hiding it - as I look at my children who do not pray with their feelings and actions. I am sad as I am saying to my Son that many of my children no longer have faith, that they do not know Him - my Son. That is why I call you, apostles of my love: you strive to look to the very depth in human hearts and there you are certain to find the little hidden treasure. To look in this way is mercy from the Heavenly Father. To seek the good even where there is the greatest evil - to strive to comprehend each other and not to judge - that is what my Son is asking of you. And I, as a mother, am calling you to listen to Him. My children, the spirit is mightier than the flesh, and, carried by love and actions, it overcomes all obstacles. Do not forget: my Son has loved you and loves you. His love is with you and in you when you are one with Him. He is the light of the world and no one and nothing will be able to stop Him in the final glory. Therefore, apostles of my love, do not be afraid to witness the truth. Witness it with enthusiasm, with works, with love, with your sacrifice, and, above all, in humility. Witness the truth to all those who have not come to know my Son. I will be alongside you. I will encourage you. Witness the love which never ends because it comes from the Heavenly Father who is eternal and who offers eternity to all of my children. The spirit of my Son will be alongside you. Anew I am calling you, my children: pray for your shepherds, pray that the love of my Son may lead them. Thank you.

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