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.
- ST. JOSEMARIA
“Today, in union with the whole Church, we celebrate the triumph of the Mother, Daughter and Spouse of God. And just as we rejoiced at the resurrection of our Lord three days after his death, we are now happy that Mary, after accompanying Jesus from Bethlehem to the cross, is next to her Son in body and soul, glorious forever.
“Behold the mystery of the divine economy. Our Lady, a full participant in the work of our salvation, follows in the footsteps of her Son: the poverty of Bethlehem, the everyday work of a hidden life in Nazareth, the manifestation of his divinity in Cana of Galilee, the tortures of his passion, the divine sacrifice on the cross, the eternal blessedness of paradise.
“All of this affects us directly, because this supernatural itinerary is the way we are to follow. Mary shows us that we can walk this path with confidence. She has preceded us on the way of imitating Christ, her glorification is the firm hope of our own salvation. For these reasons we call her "our hope, cause of our joy."
“We can never lose hope of becoming holy, of accepting the invitations of God, of persevering until the very end. God, who has begun in us the work of our sanctification, will bring it to completion. Because if the Lord "is with us, who can be against us? After having not spared his very own Son, but rather turned him over to death for us, after having thus given us his Son, can he fail to give us every good thing?
“On this feast, everything points to joy.”
St. Josemaria Escriva
Christ is Passing By, 176
“They say there are too many shrines to Our Lady. They say that there are too many pictures of Our Lady. To me, all of them seem very few.”
- St. Josemaria Escriva
For over fifty years, St Josemaria Escriva nurtured in his soul the desire to build a shrine dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary—to increase devotion to her and to make available to Christians a place of "spiritual fruits: graces that the Lord will wish to grant to all who come to honor his Blessed Mother at her shrine”.
His desire finally came true in 1970 when construction began on the new Shrine of Our Lady of Torreciudad in Spain. The shrine was built within five years under his careful guidance, but he died just days before its formal inauguration on July 7, 1975.
As recalled by his successor, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, “In a way, the last stone of his devotion to Mary was the shrine of Torreciudad. (...) the very idea of building this shrine at the end of the nineteen-sixties was a truly remarkable proof of his faith: because of the effort required to raise the money, because these were obviously years of crisis in popular piety; because of its location, far from the usual tourist routes or from any big city; and finally, because they made a large crypt full of confessionals, in a period when the practice of confession was declining.”
Today the Shrine of Torreciudad remains a popular place of pilgrimage and prayer. Thousands of pilgrims from around the world visit the Shrine each year. In 2011 alone, on the occasion of World Youth Day, over 7,000 young people from 40 different countries visited the shrine.
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