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.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who was St. Josemaria Escriva?

St. Josemaria Escriva (1902-1975) was a Catholic diocesan priest who received the inspiration from God to found the organization Opus Dei. For more information visit our St. Josemaria Escriva biographical page.

What is Opus Dei?

Opus Dei is a Catholic institution founded in 1928 by St. Josemaria Escriva. Its mission is to help people turn their work and daily activities into occasions for growing closer to God, for serving others, and for improving society.

As the Second Vatican Council noted, every baptized person is called to follow Jesus Christ, by living according to the Gospel and making it known to others. The aim of Opus Dei is to contribute to that evangelizing mission of the Church, by promoting among Christians of all social classes a life fully consistent with their faith, in the middle of the ordinary circumstances of their lives and especially through the sanctification of their work.

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Do I have to join Opus Dei to practice the spirituality of St. Josemaria?

No. To join Opus Dei a person must have a specific calling from God to Opus Dei. There are many people around the world who do not have a specific vocation to Opus Dei but who still live St. Josemaria's spirituality to varying degrees and benefit greatly from his teachings. Some of these people are cooperators of Opus Dei, people who partake in Opus Dei activities but are not members.

What is the relationship of the St. Josemaria Institute and Opus Dei?

St. Josemaria was the founder of Opus Dei. His teachings are the basis of the mission of the St. Josemaria Institute. As such, the messages of the two organizations are intertwined. However, the St. Josemaria Institute hopes to promote St. Josemaria's valuable teachings to the general public regardless of people's relationship to Opus Dei.

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