June 26th is the feast day of
St. Josemaria Escriva.
Around the world, Masses are celebrated in his honor and everyone is invited!
Over the course of his life, St. Josemaria Escriva only published a handful of books and only several more have been published after his death. Although the amount of writing he did is vast, the work that consumed him during his life did not allow him to focus on publishing. His priority was doing the will of God, taking care of Opus Dei, and serving souls. The books that we do have are each a treasure of loving guidance for a soul that is searching for meaning, for direction, and for a deeper union with God.
In the forward to St. Josemaria's book Christ is Passing By, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo explained that St. Josemaria's writings "are addressed to people of widely varied cultural and social backgrounds, spoken with a gift of tongues that makes them accessible to everyone. Underlying these considerations is an assiduous and loving knowledge of Sacred Scripture, the divine Word. St. Josemaria is speaking not to specialists, but to persons of flesh and blood, whose soul already harbors the life of God and who, having begun to experience God's love, want to draw closer to Him."
With all his writings we can hear St. Josemaria telling us:
"Read these counsels slowly. Pause to meditate on these thoughts. They are things that I whisper in your ear-confiding them- as a friend, as a brother, as a father. And they are being heard by God. I won't tell you anything new. I will only stir your memory, so that some thought will arise and strike you; and so you will better your life and set out along ways of prayer and of Love. And in the end you will be a more worthy soul."
- Prologue to The Way
"May you seek Christ, May you find Christ, May you love Christ." - St. Josemaria Escriva
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