St. Josemaria Escriva: A Pilgrim at Luján

On June 12, 1974, St. Josemaria Escriva went on a pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Luján, Patroness of Argentina.

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St. Josemaria Escriva: A Pilgrim at Aparecida

On May, 28, 1974, St. Josemaria Escriva made a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida in Brazil.

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The Great Unknown | A Homily for Pentecost Sunday

Having just read in the Acts of the Apostles about Pentecost, the day when the Holy Spirit came down on the Lord's disciples, we are conscious of being present at the great display of God's power with which the Church's life began to spread among all nations.

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The Ascension of Our Lord | A Homily by St. Josemaria Escriva

Once more the liturgy reminds us of the final moment in Jesus' life among men, his ascension into heaven.

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Novena to St. Josemaria Escriva | 2024

Join us for the annual Novena to St. Josemaria Escriva, June 17-25, 2024!

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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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Our Lady of Peace: The Prelatic Church of Opus Dei

On May 2, the Prelature of Opus Dei celebrates the anniversary of the dedication of the Prelatic Church of Our Lady of Peace.

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DAY OF RECOLLECTION | May (Year B)

A monthly Day of Recollection is a time set aside specifically for a Christian to seriously go deeper into his or her relationship with God.

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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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Our Lady of Montserrat and St. Josemaria Escriva

St. Josemaria had been suffering from diabetes for about ten years. And it was on the feast of Our Lady of Montserrat, April 27, 1954, that he was cured of diabetes.

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To Jesus Through Mary

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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A Prayer for Spiritual Communion: The Eucharistic Devotion of St. Josemaria Escriva

As a young boy, St. Josemaria Escriva learned a prayer for spiritual communion that he cherished and shared with others during his lifetime.

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

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

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The Paschal Christ: The Living Sign of Divine Mercy

Among the Saints, both ancient and modern, it has never seemed excessive to long continually for God's mercy, and to plead for it on one's own behalf, as well as for the whole world.

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DAY OF RECOLLECTION | April (Year B)

A monthly Day of Recollection is a time set aside specifically for a Christian to seriously go deeper into his or her relationship with God.

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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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Christ's Death is the Christian's Life | A Homily by St. Josemaria Escriva

During this week which Christians traditionally call holy week, we are given another chance to reflect on and to re-live the last hours of Jesus' 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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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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In St. Joseph's Workshop | A Homily by St. Josemaria Escriva

The whole Church recognizes St Joseph as a patron and guardian. For centuries many different features of his life have caught the attention of believers. He was a man ever faithful to the mission God gave him.

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Job Opportunities | 2024

Do you love what we’re doing at the St. Josemaria Institute? Explore our current job opportunities.

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DAY OF RECOLLECTION | March (Year B)

A monthly Day of Recollection is a time set aside specifically for a Christian to seriously go deeper into his or her relationship with God.

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A Spiritual Toolkit for Devotion to St. Joseph

This Spiritual Toolkit has been curated by the St. Josemaria Institute to celebrate and aid the devotion to St. Joseph whose solemnity we celebrate annually on March 19th.

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Lent: A Pathway to Easter

Lent is a compendium of our whole life, which is a “constant returning to the house of our Father God.”

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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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Lent 2024: "Possumus! Yes, we are ready!"

"'Are you ready to drink the cup' — that cup which means giving yourself fully to the will of the Father — 'which I am going to drink?' Possumus!: 'Yes! We are ready!' (Mt 20:22) is the reply of John and James. Are you and I really ready to carry out, in everything, the will of our Father God?"

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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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Mary, Mother of Fairest Love and St. Josemaria Escriva

"The holy Virgin Mary, Mother of Fair Love, will bring relief to your heart, when it makes you feel that it is of flesh, if you turn to her with confidence."

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Following the Spirit in Freedom: Lessons from the Lord’s Presentation

The Lord promised Simeon that he would not see death before he had seen the Christ of God. The fulfillment of that promise alone was enough to justify an entire lifetime of waiting and contemplating.

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DAY OF RECOLLECTION | February (Year B)

A monthly Day of Recollection is a time set aside specifically for a Christian to seriously go deeper into his or her relationship with God.

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A Spiritual Toolkit for Lent

This Lent explore our curated selection of resources to help you begin again and advance in your faithfulness to Christ and desire for holiness.

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Loyalty to the Church | A Homily by St. Josemaria Escriva

Let us not be afraid. The Church, which is the Body of Christ must indefectibly be the path and the sheepfold of the Good Shepherd, the strong foundation and the way open to all men.

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Do you want to be found?

It hardly needs to be said that finding God in daily life is one of the keynotes of Saint Josemaría’s spirituality. But do we ourselves want to be found by God in daily life?

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The Epiphany of Our Lord | A Homily by St. Josemaria Escriva

Not too long ago I saw a marble bas-relief representing the adoration of the child Jesus by the Magi. The central figures were surrounded by four angels, each one bearing a symbol: a crown, an orb surmounted by the cross, a sword and a scepter.

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DAY OF RECOLLECTION | January (Year B)

A monthly Day of Recollection is a time set aside specifically for a Christian to seriously go deeper into his or her relationship with God.

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Christ Triumphs through Humility | A Homily by St. Josemaria Escriva

"This day shall light shine upon us; for the Lord is born to us." This is the great announcement which moves Christians today.

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Christmas 2023: How Beautiful is the Child!

The St. Josemaria Institute joins you in celebrating Christmas near the crib of the Child Jesus!

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Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Josemaria Escriva

Early in the morning on May 15, 1970, St Josemaria arrived in Mexico City: “I’ve come to see Our Lady of Guadalupe..."

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Our Lady of Loreto and St. Josemaria Escriva

Since the fourteenth century, pilgrims have made their way to the Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto at the Basilica of the Holy House in Loreto, Italy. St. Josemaria Escriva went to Loreto for the first time in January 1948.

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The Christian Vocation | A Homily by St. Josemaria Escriva

The liturgical year is beginning, and the introit of the Mass invites us to consider something closely related to the beginning of our christian life: the vocation we have all received.

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DAY OF RECOLLECTION | December (Year A)

A monthly Day of Recollection is a time set aside specifically for a Christian to seriously go deeper into his or her relationship with God.

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Christ the King | A Homily on the Solemnity of Christ the King

The liturgical year is coming to a close and in the holy sacrifice of the altar we renew the offering of the victim to the Father — the offering of Christ, the king of justice, love and peace.

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A Time for Hope: Advent with St. Josemaria Escriva

This Advent season, the St. Josemaria Institute invites you to join us in preparing our hearts and homes for the coming of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, and the celebration of his nativity.

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Novena to the Immaculate Conception

Join the St. Josemaria Institute for our annual Novena to the Immaculate Conception from November 30 to December 8.

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Why St Josemaría?

Looks of surprise come my way when people learn of my devotion to St Josemaría Escrivá. I don’t blame them.

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Our Eyes Look to the Lord our God (Ps 123:2): What the Holy Souls Teach Us about the One Thing Necessary

St Josemaria expresses the wish in The Way that we should learn to speak of the holy souls in purgatory as “My good friends the souls in purgatory” (571).

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That All May Be Saved | A Homily by St. Josemaria Escriva

We should not forget that he came on earth to redeem everyone, because 'he wishes all men to be saved'. There is not a single soul in whom Christ is not interested. Each soul has cost him the price of his Blood.

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DAY OF RECOLLECTION | November (Year A)

A monthly Day of Recollection is a time set aside specifically for a Christian to seriously go deeper into his or her relationship with God.

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Our Lady of the Pillar and St. Josemaria Escriva

"My devotion to Our Lady of Pilar has always accompanied me: my parents, with their Aragonese piety, instilled it in my soul since I was a child," said St. Josemaria.

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Then I Will Love You Even More: On the Anniversary of the Canonization of St. Josemaría

On that October dawn in 2002, very early and with barely any sleep, a group of college students and I had approached St. Peter’s Square to partake in the ceremony in the open air.

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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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The Holy Rosary: 10 Quotes from St. Josemaria Escriva

Let St. Josemaria inspire you to pray the Holy Rosary with greater devotion and love!

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DAY OF RECOLLECTION | October (Year A)

A monthly Day of Recollection is a time set aside specifically for a Christian to seriously go deeper into his or her relationship with God.

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Living by Faith | A Homily by St. Josemaria Escriva

You hear people saying sometimes that there are fewer miracles nowadays. Might it not rather be that there are fewer people living a life of faith?

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The Archangels: The Devotion of St. Josemaria Escriva

St. Josemaria Escriva's devotion the Archangels is well-known in Opus Dei as he entrusted the apostolates of its members to their protection. However, his devotion is also an example for all the faithful.

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Jesus Nourishes Us

It is no accident that Jesus chooses to have the Passover meal with his closest friends before he is to suffer the greatest pain of his life on earth.

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"Under the Gaze of Our Lady of Mercy": The Marian Devotion of St. Josemaria Escriva

The title of “Our Lady of Mercy” came to hold a special place in St. Josemaria’s memory and heart.

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Witnesses of the Cross

Once a terrible sign of death and punishment, the Cross became a sign of love and peace through the power of Our Savior. On September 14th, we step into that conversion to commemorate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

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"That Cross is Your Cross" | The Devotion of St. Josemaria Escriva to the Holy Cross

St. Josemaria’s profound devotion to the Holy Cross of Jesus is highlighted in brief accounts from his close friends and collaborators.

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The Seven Sorrows of Mary: Reflections from St. Josemaria Escriva

The devotion to the Seven Sorrows of Mary helps us to meditate on the events in Our Lady's life when she lovingly and willingly united herself to her Son's self-giving and sacrifice on the Cross.

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"Towards Holiness": A Spiritual Game Plan

There is only one way to become more familiar with God, to increase our trust in him. We must come to know him through prayer; we must speak to him and show him, through a heart to heart conversation, that we love him.

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DAY OF RECOLLECTION | September (Year A)

A monthly Day of Recollection is a time set aside specifically for a Christian to seriously go deeper into his or her relationship with God.

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Getting to Know God | A Homily by St. Josemaria Escriva

You and I need to be made anew, we need to wake up from the slumber of feebleness by which we are so easily lulled and to become aware once again, in a deeper and more immediate way, of our condition as children of God.

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Mary Chose the Better Part

What I have learned from St. Josemaria is that you can connect with Jesus present in the Eucharist anywhere you are.

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Our Lady of Torreciudad and St. Josemaria Escriva

St. Josemaria's gratitude to the Mother of God grew deeper and stronger over the years and one of the manifestations of his gratitude was the construction of a new Shrine of Torreciudad.

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A Spiritual Backpack: Inspiration for the School Year

The St. Josemaria Institute “spiritual backpack” is a curated selection of resources for students, families and teachers to help maintain a happy spiritual life throughout the school year.

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The Mother in Heaven

Turning to our Mother to venerate her, mirroring what the heavenly courts do, is a delightful duty: all generations will call me blessed. And seeking her maternal protection guarantees success: to Jesus, we go and return through Mary.

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DAY OF RECOLLECTION | August (Year A)

A monthly Day of Recollection is a time set aside specifically for a Christian to seriously go deeper into his or her relationship with God.

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The Blessed Virgin, Cause of Our Joy | A Homily by St. Josemaria Escriva

"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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Bethany Moments

A character in the Gospel provides a particular point of view to understand the image of our Lord: Martha of Bethany. She was a woman of service, a woman of faith, and one of the closest friends of Jesus during His time on Earth.

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"Vocations, Homes, & Family Life Renewed": An Interview with Laura Zambrana

In this interview, the St. Josemaria Institute speaks with Laura Zambrana who currently serves as the Director of Content for Endow.

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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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Freedom, A Gift from God | A Homily by St. Josemaria Escriva

This hymn to freedom is echoed in all the mysteries of our Catholic faith. The Blessed Trinity draws the world and man out of nothing, in a free outpouring of love. The Word comes down from Heaven and takes on our flesh, an act which bears the splendid mark of freedom in submission.

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Novena for a Happy and Faithful Marriage | July 17-25, 2023

Join the St. Josemaria Institute in praying our annual Novena for a Happy and Faithful Marriage.

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With St Josemaria Through the Scriptures

St. Josemaria immersed himself in the Scriptures as another character, making of them his own life.

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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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Finding Peace in the Heart of Christ | A Homily on the Feast of the Sacred Heart

God our Father has seen fit to grant us, in the heart of his Son, "infinite treasures of love," mercy and affection.

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Gazing upon God's Face: Celebrating the Feast of Corpus Christi

Let us set the scene. I picture Jesus sitting by the shore of the Sea of Galilee, with Capernaum in the backdrop on a somewhat bitter evening.

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DAY OF RECOLLECTION | June (Year A)

A monthly Day of Recollection is a time set aside specifically for a Christian to go deeper into his or her relationship with God.

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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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Our Lady Leads Us to the Holy Spirit

The month of May… offers us a privileged opportunity for drawing closer to the Holy Spirit.

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DAY OF RECOLLECTION | May (Year A)

A monthly Day of Recollection is a time set aside specifically for a Christian to go deeper into his or her relationship with God.

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St. Catherine of Siena: "She knew how to love...serve...speak out."

When the Church was going through difficulties, St Josemaria had deep recourse to St Catherine, since she had been a passionate defender of the truth.

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“The Gift of Never Losing Jesus” | Spring Appeal 2023

The events of St. Josemaria's life and how he lived them also teach us about the beautiful and unforgettable events in our lives as Christians.

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Christ's Presence in Christians | A Homily for Easter Sunday

"Christ is alive." This is the great truth which fills our faith with meaning. Jesus, who died on the cross, has risen.

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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 Eucharist, Mystery of Faith and Love | A Homily by St. Josemaria Escriva

"Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end" (Jn 13:1). The reader of this verse from St John's Gospel is brought to understand that a great event is about to take place.

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Commentaries on Holy Week | Reliving the Moments of Our Redemption

This Holy Week, and afterwards every day, has to be a leap of quality for us, asking our Lord to completely fill our lives. We have to communicate to many people the new life that Jesus gained for us by the Redemption.

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Following in His Footprints: Accompanying the Lord through Holy Week

“And the crowds that went before him and that followed him shouted, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!’” (Mt 21:9).

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DAY OF RECOLLECTION | April (Year A)

A monthly Day of Recollection is a time set aside specifically for a Christian to go deeper into his or her relationship with God.

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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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DAY OF RECOLLECTION | March (Year A)

A monthly Day of Recollection is a time set aside specifically for a Christian to go deeper into his or her relationship with God.

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"Christ is Passing By" | 50th Anniversary (1973-2023)

In 2023, the book Christ is Passing By by St. Josemaria Escriva is celebrating its 50th anniversary of publication.

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Unromantic Dust

We begin Lent with the ultimate reality of human life: we are marked with ashes on our head. And this is meant to stand for who we are...

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Lent 2023: Repaying Love with love

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, the St. Josemaria Institute invites you to join us each week of Lent as we open ourselves and our hearts to Jesus Christ, especially in the Holy Mass and the Eucharist.

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St. Josemaria Escriva: A Pilgrim at Lourdes

St. Josemaria Escriva was a pilgrim at Lourdes many times during his life, remarking that: “It would be bad manners to pass by there without dropping in on her.”

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I want results.

We are careful about calorie counting, protein intake, omega supplements, as we try to increase one thing and decrease another. It’s easy to be obsessed with the process: we want to see the results, the fruits, of our discipline. Result seeking in the spiritual life, however, can be misplaced...

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DAY OF RECOLLECTION | February (Year A)

A monthly Day of Recollection is a time set aside specifically for a Christian to go deeper into his or her relationship with God.

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