Teaching the Faith in the Family: Guidelines from St. Josemaria Escriva

The parents' mission to educate their children in the faith stems from the sacraments. When they teach the faith at home, it is the Church that is teaching. Their home is the domestic Church.

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On the Feast of Corpus Christi

Today, on the feast of Corpus Christi, we come together to consider the depths of our Lord's love for us, which has led him to stay with us, hidden under the appearances of the blessed Sacrament.

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Learning to Praise

The acclamations and blessings that fill the liturgy for Trinity Sunday, both in the Mass and Liturgy of the Hours, urge us to give voice to our praise: Blessed be the most holy Trinity! Praise to You! Glory be to You! How do we enter into this praise with more than our lips?

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More than Miracles: Pentecost and the Power to Love Like God

Are we as aware as the first Christians were of the Spirit dwelling within us? Do we need to learn to perceive what was so obvious to them? What evidence is there that God abides in us and we in Him?

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DAY OF RECOLLECTION | June 2022

In this month’s Recollection, we reflect on our personal relationship with the Holy Spirit and how we can cultivate the virtue of docility to His work in our life.

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Join us in the Holy Land in 2023!

Save the date for an unforgettable spiritual pilgrimage: February 19 - March 3, 2023.

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Seeking the Face of the Ascended Lord

"At several points in the Gospel, Jesus sensitively anticipates the longing that His ascension will leave in us: 'The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and you will not see it" (Luke 17:22).

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Your Mercies Cover Me: St Charles de Foucauld

In view of St. Charles' recent canonization, we share with you an excerpt from "Home Again" by Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

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To Jesus through Mary | A Homily by St. Josemaria Escriva

If we look at the world, at the People of God, during this month of May, we will see devotion to Our Lady taking the form of many old and new customs practiced with great love.

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Marian Pilgrimages in the Month of May

St. Josemaria desired to show an outward expression of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary during the month of May, which the Church traditionally dedicates to her.

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We're Hiring!

The St. Josemaria Institute is currently seeking a Content & Programs Manager.

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“Just plain stupid!”

The Lord warns us against angrily calling another “You fool!” (Mt 5:12). But the fact that He calls certain individuals foolish shows that some merit the epithet (cf. Mt 7:26, 23:17, et al.).

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"The Ultimate Relationship": An Interview with Joe Hernandez

In this interview, the St. Josemaria Institute speaks with Joe who shares how the St. Josemaria Apostolate of Evangelization began and is growing beyond their hopes and expectations!

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DAY OF RECOLLECTION | May 2022

In the meditations for this month's Recollection, we reflect on "Devotion to Our Lady" and "Revitalizing Society".

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"With hope and a personal desire for holiness!" | Spring Appeal 2022

Let us give thanks to God for giving us this new season of Easter and spring to fill us once again with hope and a personal desire for holiness!

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Novena to St. Josemaria Escriva | 2022

Join the St. Josemaria Institute in praying the Novena to St. Josemaria Escriva from June 17 - 25, 2022.

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Who We Are: Loved, Enlightened, and Forgiven

In 1990, Israeli construction workers uncovered a chamber tomb containing a very ornate ossuary (or bone box) with the name “Joseph, son of Caiaphas” inscribed on it.

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Ten-Day Devotion to the Holy Spirit | 2022

Join the St. Josemaria Institute in praying the Ten-Day Devotion to the Holy Spirit from May 26 - June 4 in preparation for Pentecost.

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The Daily Miracle: The Power that Fills our Empty Nets

In the spiritual life we have to reckon with a unique “balance of power” between what God can do and what we can do.

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A Revolution in Intimacy

Jesus has been invited once again to a dinner. His host has insisted on his coming, eager to offer Him a special reception. But an unexpected event interrupts them.

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The Paschal Christ: The Living Sign of Divine Mercy

Pope St John Paul II in his 1980 encyclical letter "On The Mercy of God," Dives In Misericordia, observed that modern man is uncomfortable with the idea of mercy.

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“Come & Take Possession of My Heart” | The First Holy Communion of St. Josemaria Escriva

St. Josemaria Escriva made his First Communion on April 23, 1912, exactly ten years after his Confirmation, and would always observe with unabashed fervor the anniversary of that wonderful day.

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Our New Life is Born in the Empty Tomb

All sorts of questions fill the air on Easter morning, on that first morning of our new life: “Who will roll us back the stone?” “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?”

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The Collected Letters of St. Josemaria Escriva

"The Collected Letters: Volume 1" by St. Josemaria Escriva is now available in English from Scepter Publishers.

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Holy Week and the Paschal Triduum | "Contemplating the Mystery of Christ"

A selection of podcasts, articles, and reflection questions to help guide your prayer during Holy Week and the Paschal Triduum.

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The Price of Pardon & Peace

The Lord wants us always to bear in mind two things: the mercy we have received, and where that mercy comes from: the Cross of Jesus.

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DAY OF RECOLLECTION | April 2022

In the meditations for this month's Recollection, we reflect on "Encountering Jesus in the Eucharist" and "A Life of Service".

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Are You Happy?

The Church has one question for the world. It is a question asked of rich and poor, of the powerful and the weak, of those behind bars and those relaxing on the beach: Are you happy?

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The Prodigal Son: Looking for Heaven on Earth

The Prodigal Son went out looking for heaven on earth. He was restless at home. He entertained a fantasy that things could be better elsewhere—in a faraway place, with different people, where he could be carefree, an anonymous rogue.

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Letting God: The Annunciation & Freedom

A friend of mine once told me: “You are never freer than when you are doing God’s will, and never less free than when you are doing your own.” There you have the Annunciation.

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Entering the Kingdom by Violence

The devil’s “territory,” apart from those “kingdoms of the world” he claimed as his own when tempting Christ, might be difficult to map out—it was, after all, into the swept and tidied house that the unclean spirit returned with a company of devils worse than himself (cf. Lk 4:5; Mt 12:43-45).

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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 Spiritual Toolkit for Devotion to St. Joseph

The St. Josemaria Institute is pleased to share a “Spiritual Toolkit” to celebrate and aid our devotion to St. Joseph in preparation for his feast day on March 19.

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Lifting Up Our Eyes: The Transfiguration of the Lord

The saying goes that most people see only what they want to see. If that's true, then most of us live with a kind of selective blindness.

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Wicked Nostalgia vs. Sacred Memory

God wants us to remember. Satan wants us to forget. By distractions, promises, and vanities Satan dupes us into forgetting how merciful God has been to us.

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The Conversion of the Children of God | A Homily by St. Josemaria

We are at the beginning of Lent: a time of penance, purification and conversion. It is not an easy program, but then Christianity is not an easy way of life.

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DAY OF RECOLLECTION | March 2022

In the meditations for this month's Recollection, we reflect on "A Dialogue With Jesus" and "St. Joseph: Model of Creative Courage".

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Lent 2022: Jesus is Passing By

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, the St. Josemaria Institute invites you to join us each week of Lent as we open our hearts to Jesus and wonder at His love.

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A Spiritual Toolkit for Lent

The St. Josemaria Institute is pleased to share a curated selection of resources to help you begin again and to help you advance in your faithfulness to Christ and in your desire for holiness this Lenten season.

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Conversations with St. Josemaria | “The Church in the Household” (1 Cor 16:19)

Families have the opportunity, as St. Josemaria explained, to "ensure that God is not regarded as a stranger whom we go to see in the church once a week on Sunday."

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February 14th, 1930 and 1943: Two Special Anniversaries in the Life of St. Josemaria

February 14th marks the day of two special anniversaries in the life of St. Josemaria Escriva and the history of Opus Dei.

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DAY OF RECOLLECTION | February 2022

In the meditations for this month's Recollection, we reflect on "The Holy Mass as the Center of Our Life" and "Christian Friendship".

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When Love is Strengthened

St. Josemaria would invite people to take the Holy Family as their model and also to try their best, with daily self-giving, to make their family life into a foretaste of heaven.

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The Deepest Truth About Ourselves: What the Lord’s Baptism Means for Us

“See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are…. Beloved, we are God's children now” (1 Jn 3:1-2).

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Seven Sundays Devotion to St. Joseph | 2022

Join the St. Josemaria Institute for the Seven Sundays Devotion to St. Joseph from January 30 to March 13, 2022!

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DAY OF RECOLLECTION | January 2022

In the meditations for this month's Recollection, we reflect on "Sowers of Peace & Joy" and "Charity in Action."

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The Nativity Scene

In its present form the custom of displaying figures depicting the birth of Jesus Christ owes its origin to St. Francis of Assisi, who made the Christmas crèche or manger for Christmas Eve of 1223.

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"Am I Not Your Mother?" Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Vocation of Women

Whenever our Lady appears on earth it is to remind us of something that we are neglecting. She never comes to reveal something new, but to express in a new and forceful way what we should already know.

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Fulfilling the Fiat: Responding with Mary to God’s Call

Is it an impossible ideal to imitate the Immaculate Virgin as St Josemaria would have us do?

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Feast of St. Nicholas of Bari: "Charity Builds Us Up"

Today, as we look forward to Christmas and the New Year 2022, we are making a special appeal to all of our friends and subscribers who have never given before to the St. Josemaria Institute.

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The Christmas Tree

The use of the Christmas tree is relatively modern. Its origins are found in the medieval mystery plays that depicted the tree of paradise and the Christmas light or candle that symbolized Christ, the Light of the world.

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DAY OF RECOLLECTION | December 2021

In the meditations for this month's Recollection, we reflect on "The Life of Jesus" and "The Importance of Doctrinal Formation."

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How Narrow is Narrow?

Sometimes when we hear the Gospel proclaimed at Mass we are so encouraged and consoled that we think: I cannot be lost. Other times we hear it and we might think: How will I ever be saved?

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The Advent Wreath

The use of the Advent Wreath is a traditional practice which has found its place in the Church as well as in the home. The blessing of an Advent Wreath takes place on the First Sunday of Advent.

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Book of the Month: 2022

Head in to the New Year with the goal to read more each day by following the St. Josemaria Institute Book of the Month Series!

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Extending the Reign of Christ: The Solemnity of Christ the King

Jesus replied to Pilate's questioning: My kingship is not of this world... At a later stage in the interview Jesus tells the Roman Procurator: I am a king. For this I was born... Although the Reign of Christ is not of this world, it has its beginnings here.

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Novena to the Immaculate Conception | 2021

Join the St. Josemaria Institute in praying our annual Novena to the Immaculate Conception from November 29 - December 7, 2021.

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Advent 2021: Be Ready!

“Advent is here!” And the St. Josemaria Institute invites you to join us this season as we prepare our hearts and homes for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus Christ.

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Role Models and Christian Identity

Christian identity begins and ends with childhood—the unique childhood of the children of God.

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The Heroic Minute: An Opportunity for Spiritual Victory

For many, the first challenge of the day is overcoming our desire to put off the “million pinpricks” ahead. Dedicating yourself to this one spiritual practice lets you start the day with a victory that will most likely pave the way for more.

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DAY OF RECOLLECTION | November 2021

In the meditations for this month's Recollection, we reflect on "Our Vocational Sense of Life" and "The Pursuit of Holiness."

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Beneath the Apple Tree: Liturgy and Healing

A reflection on love for the sacred liturgy must begin beneath an old tree.

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Shop & Support Our Mission! CORDA Virtual Fundraiser

The St. Josemaria Institute is hosting a virtual fundraiser in collaboration with CORDA— a Catholic small business that makes candles with custom scents directly inspired by saints and the faith!

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From Outsiders to Friends: The Solemnity of All Saints

In this paradise everyone feels free, at home, accepted, and loved in ways which far surpass whatever freedom, acceptance, or love we have ever experienced on earth. Here, we meet the saints as friends.

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"Honoring Our Lady": An Interview with Katie Luangkhot

As we celebrate October, the month of the holy Rosary, the St. Josemaria Institute speaks with Katie Luangkhot about living as a witness to the Catholic faith, Marian devotion, and incorporating the Rosary into a family prayer life.

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October: Month of the Holy Rosary

The Church dedicates the entire month of October to the Holy Rosary so that individuals, families, and communities would pray the Holy Rosary, if possible, on a daily basis for peace in the world.

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DAY OF RECOLLECTION | October 2021

In the meditations for this month's Recollection, we reflect on "Sanctifying Ordinary Work" and "Making Christ Our Center."

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Our Accuser is Cast Out: The Feast of the Holy Archangels

“For the accuser of our brethren has been cast out, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb” (cf. Rev 12:10-11).

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Looking into the Heart of the Sorrowful Mother

“Behold your Mother!” (Jn 19:27). This is our Lord’s command to us from the cross. What do we see when we behold our Mother?

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That I May Share His Sufferings: The Courage to Contemplate the Cross

Learning to contemplate and to suffer in union with Christ is where we begin to experience our own resurrection. Suffering in union with Christ, we become free to love and to be loved in God’s way.

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Is it pointless? | On Interior Struggle and Determination

We don’t need to be told that we struggle... We struggle daily not only to become holy but just to be good people—naturally good, naturally virtuous.

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A Spiritual Backpack: Inspiration for Returning to School

The St. Josemaria Institute is pleased to share this “spiritual backpack”, offering a curated selection of resources for students, families and teachers to help maintain a happy spiritual life as everyone begins the new school year.

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On the Retirement of Fr. Jim Socias - Founder of the St. Josemaria Institute

The Board and Staff of the St. Josemaria Institute express their gratitude and appreciation to Fr. Jim Socias on the occasion of his retirement.

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The Blessed Virgin, Cause of Our Joy | A Homily on the Solemnity of the Assumption

"Mary has been taken up to heaven by God in body and soul, and the angels rejoice." Joy overtakes both angels and men. Why is it that we feel today this intimate delight, with our heart brimming over, with our soul full of peace?

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Sanctifying the Ordinary

Where is the ordinary corner of your life – where Jesus is waiting for you to love? Begin searching for these with me, today. Let’s love in the small parts of our lives.

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"Communicating the Faith": An Interview with ASL Catholic Media

In this interview, the St. Josemaria Institute speaks with the team behind ASL Catholic Media about their important role as interpreters and the challenges Deaf persons face in the Church today.

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"Parents of the Saints": An Interview with Patrick O'Hearn

The St. Josemaria Institute is delighted to share our interview with author, Patrick O’Hearn, on the inspiration and topic of his new book.

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A Spiritual Toolkit on the Vocation of Marriage

The St. Josemaria Institute is pleased to share this Spiritual Toolkit offering a curated selection of resources on the vocation of marriage.

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Simon, son of John, do you love me? | A Homily on the Feast of SS. Peter & Paul

If Peter wonders how he could ever love the Lord again, Jesus answers, If you love me, keep my commandments, that is, always respond to me as you do now: “Yes, Lord.”

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75th Anniversary: St. Josemaria’s First Journey to Rome (June 19 to June 23, 1946)

By the mid-1940’s, St. Josemaria Escriva had witnessed the apostolate of Opus Dei, which he founded, beginning to spread throughout Spain and abroad.

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Discovering Something Divine in the Ordinary

St Josemaria concentrated much of his apostolic drive in convincing ordinary Christians that being ordinary is okay. But his message was not one of mere contentment with everyday life or of shunning the wealth and fame typically associated with "extraordinary" people.

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Do You Have a Minute?

I’d like to have a moment of your time. I’m not asking for myself, but on behalf of the Lord Jesus.

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Finding Peace in the Heart of Christ

Grace renews a man from within and converts a sinner and rebel into a good and faithful servant. The source of all grace is God's love for us, and he has revealed this not just in words but also in deeds.

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Why Doesn’t the Way to Heaven Look like a Roadmap?

The liturgical prayers for the Solemnity of the Lord’s Ascension ask that we might follow Christ to the place where He has gone.

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St. Josemaria Escriva: A Pilgrim at Fatima

St Josemaria’s first visit to Fatima was on February 6, 1945, at the request of Sr Lucia, who at that time was living in Tui, Spain. He said that it had been the Blessed Virgin who opened the gates of Portugal to him.

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The Ascension of Our Lord

It has always seemed logical to me that the most holy humanity of Christ should ascend to the glory of the Father. The ascension has always made me very happy. But I think that the sadness that is particular to the day of the ascension is also a proof of the love that we feel for Jesus Christ, our Lord.

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"Finding Joy in Motherhood" | A Reflection from Janet Quinlan

The idea that God called me right where I was with this husband and these children and the constant dirty dishes, dirty diapers, and dirty bathrooms was literally life altering.  It gave meaning to who I was and what I was doing day in and day out.

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A Spiritual Toolkit for the Marian Month of May

The St. Josemaria Institute is pleased to share this Spiritual Toolkit offering a curated selection of resources to aid your devotion to Our Lady during the month of May.

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Don't Laugh: Marriage as a Vocation

By now we in the Church are very comfortable applying the term vocation to any state in life that aims at serving God. We use the word broadly to indicate that everyone’s life has something to contribute to the up-building of the kingdom of God on earth and the salvation of souls.

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Finding Joy in Our Poverty

How much is holy poverty a driving force on your path to Christ? For the first disciples of Jesus, as for the Saints of every age, poverty is a privileged way of identifying oneself with the “affections” of Christ.

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Remaining in Him

At the end of His earthly life, our Lord sought to teach His disciples how they would remain united to Him in His absence. They certainly wanted this, as their distress at Jesus’ imminent departure shows.

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Open Wounds: His and Ours

Everyone is wounded by original sin and by subsequent personal sins. Everyone has been wounded by the sins of others. What we do with these wounds largely decides the depth of our inner peace.

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"The Love of God is so attractive..." | Spring Appeal 2021

At the St. Josemaria Institute, we are thrilled to launch into this glorious Easter season bringing you new programs and podcasts to lift up our spirits as we continue to seek the love of God and to grow as Christians.

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Hope Reborn: The Journey to Emmaus

The story of two discouraged men making a long journey home after having witnessed the Lord’s grueling passion (Luke 24:13-35) is pure balm for the suffering soul, especially for any suffering in the ways St Josemaria indicates: having lost a sense of hope or of meaning in life.

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The Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ: Reflections and Prayers from St. Josemaria Escriva

The Seven Last Words is a beloved devotion of the Church that invites us to recall and meditate on Jesus' last words as he hung on the cross.

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“All with Peter”: St. Josemaria Escriva’s Love for the Roman Pontiff

“Christ. Mary. The Pope. Haven’t we just indicated, in three words, the loves that make up the entire Catholic faith?”

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To Be Loved by a Sacred Heart

That Christ has come to us with a heart made of flesh tells us a lot about how the Sacred Heart loves us, and about the kind of love we need. We are loved by any number of hearts during our earthly lives, but one alone among them we call Sacred.

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Companions in Surrender: Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Mother of God

The gospel appointed for the Solemnity of St Joseph just might break all the rules for discipleship. Jesus asks to be followed, but here he has effectively hidden himself from His parents, staying behind in Jerusalem without notifying anyone.

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The Crucifix of Torreciudad and St. Josemaria Escriva

At the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Torreciudad in Spain, to the left of the main altar, is the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament where one is confronted by the Crucifix of Torreciudad— a gift to the shrine from St. Josemaria Escriva.

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In the Footsteps of Christ | Lent Devotional

Available as a digital PDF download, this devotional includes excerpts from "In the Footsteps of Christ" accompanied by a weekly meditation, reflection questions, and points from the writings of St. Josemaria Escriva.

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