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.
In this month’s recollection, we reflect on our calling to live as children of God. Baptism makes us heirs of God’s kingdom and participants of his divine nature. We rejoice in this mystery as we spend this month preparing ourselves for the coming of the Lord.
In 2009, Fr. Joseph Soria wrote “My Memories of St. Josemaria Escriva”, a series of articles for The Westbrook Voice (Canada) in which he described some of the most memorable moments he shared with St. Josemaria Escriva.
In this month’s recollection, we reflect on our duty to transmit the gift of faith to others, beginning with our friends and family. We consider that, for parents especially, the duty to form their children well is of primary importance.
Opus Dei was founded in 1928 on October 2nd– the feast day of the Guardian Angels. St Josemaria’s devotion to the Guardian Angels, whom he saw as celestial protectors and messengers, was fostered early on as a young boy.
In this month’s Recollection, we reflect in a more intimate way upon the Christian vocation to holiness. We turn toward St. Josemaria and Our Blessed Mother in a special way as models of faithful responsiveness to God’s call.