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
Between 1972 and 1975, St. Josemaria Escriva embarked on a journey throughout Spain, Portugal and Latin America to meet with his spiritual children in Opus Dei and thousands of faithful from all backgrounds.
In the cities he visited, he gathered with men and women, young people, and priests speaking to them heart-to-heart about God, the meaning of ordinary life, vocation, and holiness. His intimate yet open conversations would move hearts and stir up the desire to live a deeply Christian life, faithful to Jesus Christ and His Church.
St. Josemaria's assistant and successor, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, convinced him of the need to record the gatherings for the benefit of the members of Opus Dei around the world, present and future, and for the benefit of the millions of people who would come into contact with his life and teaching.
Now on YouTube, these videos capture the man and the priest who was deeply in love with Christ, the Church, and with the world. He foresaw the issues of the day and he helped equip those who were open to it to respond with love and with faith, but also with a sense of daring and confidence.
"For me, and I think for many other people, thse films are a priceless treasure. It's like meeting St Josemaria again. Every time that I watch one, I tell myself, 'Pippo, you need to begin again,' as though I had not yet taken a single step on the way of faith and love."
Giuseppe "Pippo" Corigliano
Director of the Opus Dei Information Office, Rome, Italy (1980-2011)
Also available on DVD "Meeting Saint Josemaria Escriva", which includes over 200 minutes of footage from gatherings in Venezuela, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Spain and Peru.
Photo: St Josemaria Escriva at a Gathering, June 23, 1974.
© Studium Foundation
"May you seek Christ, May you find Christ, May you love Christ." - St. Josemaria Escriva
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