"Blaze a trail ..."

The St. Josemaria Institute was founded in 2006 to promote the life and teachings of St. Josemaria Escriva, a Spanish priest who founded Opus Dei and developed a spirituality through which people can form personal friendships with God through their everyday lives in the midst of the world.

“Don’t let your life be sterile. Be useful. Blaze a trail. Shine forth with the light of your faith and of your love.” (The Way, 1)

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St. Josemaria Escriva


About St. Josemaria

St. Josemaria Escriva, priest and founder of Opus Dei, taught us that ordinary life can be holy.

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Read the personal reflections of St. Josemaria Escriva on holiness and Christian life.

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Prayer Requests

Share your prayer request through the intercession of St. Josemaria Escriva.

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Feast Day

On June 26th, the Church celebrates the liturgical feast day of St. Josemaria Escriva.

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Recent Posts

PODCAST | Fifth Week of Lent: You Are a Grain of Wheat

In this podcast, as we continue our Lenten devotions, Fr. Peter Armenio explores the theme of taking up the yoke of Jesus in order to follow him.

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“Intimations of Love” | The Priestly Ordination and First Mass of St. Josemaria Escriva

As a teenager, St. Josemaria Escriva followed the normal course of a high school student. He aimed to be a good student, get excellent grades, and dreamed of being an architect. Becoming a priest was not what St. Josemaria had originally thought was for him.

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A Priest Forever | A Homily by St. Josemaria Escriva

When saying Mass a few days ago I paused to reflect on a phrase from the psalms in the Communion Antiphon: "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want."

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PODCAST | Fourth Week of Lent: The Four Steps of Mortification to Contemplate Christ

In this podcast, as we continue our Lenten devotions, Fr. Eric Nicolai reflects on Jesus' fasting in the desert for 40 days. Why did he do that? Because the desert didn’t offer him absolutely anything, so he relied entirely on his Father.

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