St. Josemaria Escriva Biography

Speaking about his own life, St. Josemaria explained that, "The life of a man who lives by faith will always be the story of the mercies of God. At some moments the story may perhaps be difficult to read, because everything can seem useless and even a failure. But at other times our Lord lets one see how the fruit abounds and then it is natural for one's soul to break out in thanksgiving." (Conversations, 72)

The life of St. Josemaria Escriva, priest and founder of Opus Dei, was indeed a life of faith, a life holy and full of God—a life dedicated to doing God's will and bringing to the world the message God entrusted to him: 

"Sanctity is not for a privileged few. The Lord calls all of us. He expects love from all of us—from everyone, wherever they are; from everyone, whatever their state in life, their profession or job. For the daily life we live, apparently so ordinary, can be a path to sanctity: it is not necessary to abandon one's place in the world in order to search for God...because all the paths of the earth can be the occasion for an encounter with Christ". (Letter 24-III-1930, n. 2)

According to Bishop Javier Echevarria, the current Prelate of Opus Dei, there is no longer any doubt that:

'Divine providence arranged that the earthly life of Saint Josemaria should take place in the 20th century, a time that has seen enormous developments in science and technology, which have not always, unfortunately, been used for mankind's benefit. It is necessary to recognize that, alongside admirable achievements of the human spirit, there abound in our times torrents of bitter water, which attempt in vain to quench the thirst for happiness in human hearts.

Nevertheless, it is certain...that, with the message of the new Saint [Josemaria], "all the professions, all the classes, all honest social settings have been moved by the Angels of God, like those waters in the Probatic pool that the Gospel speaks of (cf. John 5:2 ), and have acquired healing strength".'

Bishop Javier Echevarria
Homily of the Mass of Thanksgiving
for the Canonization of St. Josemaria
October 7, 2002

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

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