Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Come, O Holy Spirit:
enlighten my understanding 
to know your commands;
strengthen my heart 
against the wiles of the enemy; inflame my will...
I have heard your voice, 
and I don't want to harden my heart to resisting, 
by saying 'later... tomorrow.'
Nunc coepi! Now! 
Lest there be no tomorrow for me!
O, Spirit of truth and wisdom,
Spirit of understanding and counsel,
Spirit of joy and peace!
I want what you want, 
I want it because you want it,
I want it as you want it, 
I want it when you want it.



Homecoming for the Children of God

ourladyof refuge-udayton2By Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

"We don't have to be in dire straits before we think about fleeing to Mary for help. The wine doesn't have to run out completely before we come with our empty vessels. And yet, we should realize that should such desperate moments come, Mary always stands before us as an open door. In her we find the harbor, the sanctuary, the place where all life's hurts are understood by one whose life was overshadowed by a prophecy of piercing sorrow and punctuated by its full enactment."


Stories of Intercession: "Coming into the Church"

Macdonald Family 2 By The MacDonald Family

"My family and I were all received into the Catholic Church during this past Easter Vigil, so the celebration of St Josemaria is especially poignant for us this year. My husband was baptized Catholic, but had never received any of the other sacraments. Though we attended various churches over the years, none of four children nor I had ever been baptized."


Stories of Intercession: "Becoming a Better Person on a Daily Basis"

Amador Family 2 By The Amador Family

"St. Josemaria has provided me with the guidance and insight to better understand how I can become a better person on a daily basis. I am able to improve my attitude and maintain solid inner peace through meditating on his writings and constantly reminding me of my call to holiness."


Stories of Intercession: "Don't Let Your Life Be Barren. Be Useful."

6941405403 cd93cce08c b 3 By J.R. of Independence, KY

"As I learned at the feet of St. Josemaria, I came to understand God as my Father and my call to discover Him and become a saint- right where I was! How much joy filled my heart at this discovery! Yet, there was still work to be done on this stubborn, weak-willed soul."


Stories of Intercession: "Love, Forgive, Persevere, Be Compassionate"

Paschall Family Picture 2 By The Paschall Family

St. Josemaria Escriva has been an inspiration in our marriage and family. We learned about Opus Dei when we were newly married and before we had children. St. Josemaria's writings have helped us learn how to love, forgive, persevere and be compassionate at all times. With the plan of life that includes the sacraments and daily prayer in our lives we have the strength to begin again each day with a smile. Happy Feast of St Josemaria — and nunc coepi ("now I begin")!


Stories of Intercession: "Care for the Neediest Family Member"

Family Picture - Care for the Needist Family Member 2 By Friends of the St. Josemaria Institute

"St. Josemaria has done so much for us that it's hard to put it in a few words. He has taught us to give more care to the neediest family member and that having a special needs child is a sign of God's trust. Also to overlook the faults of others while working on our own faults. He has taught us to be generous and to love God a lot! His teachings have brought a lot of joy and harmony to our family life. Happy feast of St. Josemaria to all!"


Interview: Cody Swanson

sculpture images alvaro escriva Page 1 Image 0001 2CROPBy St. Josemaria Institute

Cody Joseph Swanson is a devoted father, husband, sculptor and teacher who resides in Florence, Italy. We contacted Cody regarding a recent artistic commission he was awarded by the Campus Bio-Medico in Rome— a university and hospital founded under the inspiration of St Josemaria Escriva and the guidance of Blessed Alvaro del Portillo. 


Finding Peace in the Heart of Christ

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"God our Father has seen fit to grant us, in the heart of his Son, 'infinite treasures of love,' mercy and affection. If we want to find evidence that God loves us — that he not only listens to our prayers but anticipates them — we need only follow the same line of thought as St Paul: 'He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, will he not also give us all things in him?'"


Discovering Something Divine in the Ordinary

the-fall-on-the-road-to-calvary-1517By Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

"Just as the people of Jesus' time had to look beyond (not disregard) His human appearances in order to see God, so must we arrive at a clarity that leads us to the treasure buried in an otherwise nondescript field. The sameness that characterizes most of our relationships and activities is the unspectacular setting in which God chooses to reveal Himself."


The Christian's Hope

721125-55 2 By St. Josemaria Escriva

"A good number of years ago, with a sense of conviction that was growing stronger in me each day, I wrote: 'Put all your hope in Jesus. You yourself have nothing, are worth nothing, can do nothing. He will act, if only you abandon yourself in him.' Time has gone by, and that conviction of mine has grown even stronger and deeper. I have seen many souls with such hope in God that it has set them marvellously ablaze with love, with a fire that makes the heart beat strong and keeps it safe from discouragement and dejection, even though along the way they may suffer and at times suffer greatly."


"May you seek Christ, May you find Christ, May you love Christ." - St. Josemaria Escriva

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