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.



Heroic in Love: On the Feast of St Mary Magdalene

Guido Reni - Penitent Magdalene - Google Art ProjectcropBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

"Love is most in its element when it abides in hearts that dare to replicate the Savior’s love for them. Heading St Josemaria’s 'list' of such ardent souls is Saint Mary Magdalene, in whose love we see answered the boundless love and mercy shown her by Christ. In her holy 'excess' an icon emerges of what loving God heroically means, and what it means for Him to love us heroically. On either side, there is an unselfconscious outpouring of self that focuses entirely on the good of the beloved."


Homecoming for the Children of God

ourladyof refuge-udayton2By Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

"We don't have to be in dire straits before we think about fleeing to Mary for help. The wine doesn't have to run out completely before we come with our empty vessels. And yet, we should realize that should such desperate moments come, Mary always stands before us as an open door. In her we find the harbor, the sanctuary, the place where all life's hurts are understood by one whose life was overshadowed by a prophecy of piercing sorrow and punctuated by its full enactment."


Stories of Intercession: "Coming into the Church"

Macdonald Family 2 By The MacDonald Family

"My family and I were all received into the Catholic Church during this past Easter Vigil, so the celebration of St Josemaria is especially poignant for us this year. My husband was baptized Catholic, but had never received any of the other sacraments. Though we attended various churches over the years, none of four children nor I had ever been baptized."


Stories of Intercession: "Becoming a Better Person on a Daily Basis"

Amador Family 2 By The Amador Family

"St. Josemaria has provided me with the guidance and insight to better understand how I can become a better person on a daily basis. I am able to improve my attitude and maintain solid inner peace through meditating on his writings and constantly reminding me of my call to holiness."


Stories of Intercession: "A Beautiful Devotion for Our Future Together"

Derek McDonald By The McDonald Family

"My wife and I were married on June 21, 2013, and we said the digital version of the novena together on the nine days leading up to our wedding, which was a beautiful experience."


Stories of Intercession: "Don't Let Your Life Be Barren. Be Useful."

430419-1crop By J.R. of Independence, KY

"As I learned at the feet of St. Josemaria, I came to understand God as my Father and my call to discover Him and become a saint- right where I was! How much joy filled my heart at this discovery! Yet, there was still work to be done on this stubborn, weak-willed soul."


Stories of Intercession: "Love, Forgive, Persevere, Be Compassionate"

Paschall Family Picture 2 By The Paschall Family

St. Josemaria Escriva has been an inspiration in our marriage and family. We learned about Opus Dei when we were newly married and before we had children. St. Josemaria's writings have helped us learn how to love, forgive, persevere and be compassionate at all times. With the plan of life that includes the sacraments and daily prayer in our lives we have the strength to begin again each day with a smile. Happy Feast of St Josemaria — and nunc coepi ("now I begin")!


Stories of Intercession: "Care for the Neediest Family Member"

Family Picture - Care for the Needist Family Member 2 By Friends of the St. Josemaria Institute

"St. Josemaria has done so much for us that it's hard to put it in a few words. He has taught us to give more care to the neediest family member and that having a special needs child is a sign of God's trust. Also to overlook the faults of others while working on our own faults. He has taught us to be generous and to love God a lot! His teachings have brought a lot of joy and harmony to our family life. Happy feast of St. Josemaria to all!"


Interview: Cody Swanson

sculpture images alvaro escriva Page 1 Image 0001 2CROPBy St. Josemaria Institute

Cody Joseph Swanson is a devoted father, husband, sculptor and teacher who resides in Florence, Italy. We contacted Cody regarding a recent artistic commission he was awarded by the Campus Bio-Medico in Rome— a university and hospital founded under the inspiration of St Josemaria Escriva and the guidance of Blessed Alvaro del Portillo. 


Finding Peace in the Heart of Christ

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"God our Father has seen fit to grant us, in the heart of his Son, 'infinite treasures of love,' mercy and affection. If we want to find evidence that God loves us — that he not only listens to our prayers but anticipates them — we need only follow the same line of thought as St Paul: 'He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, will he not also give us all things in him?'"


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

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