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? Because we are celebrating the glorification of our mother, and it […]

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Feast Day Celebration in the Philippines | 2019

Celebrations were underway around the world in honor of St. Josemaria’s Feast Day (June 26th)!  If you would like to share photos and stories of your local celebration please forward them to: info@stjosemaria.org. Following are a note and photos from this year’s celebration in Muntinlupa City, Philippines: Thought I might share with you some photos […]

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Come, Holy Spirit: Ten-Day Devotion in Preparation for Pentecost

This year, on June 9, the Church celebrates Pentecost Sunday. At Pentecost, Jesus promised his disciples that he would send them the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete. To prepare our hearts and minds for Pentecost, join the St. Josemaria Institute for the Ten-Day Devotion to the Holy Spirit. The Ten-Day Devotion to the Holy Spirit is a […]

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“How then can we live?” | Christ’s Death and Our New Life

“Our transgressions and our sins are upon us; they weigh us down; and we waste away because of them; how then can we live?” (Ezekiel 33:10). These words of the prophet powerfully express how sin affects us—creating a heaviness in the soul, a feeling of dejection, a sense of deadness in mind and heart. Sin […]

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Laboring Side by Side in the Gospel: Holy Thursday and Holy Women

“Woman is stronger than man, and more faithful, in the hour of suffering: Mary of Magdala and Mary Cleophas and Salome! With a group of valiant women like these, closely united to our Lady of Sorrows, what work for souls could be done in the world!” The Way, no. 982  In the principal feasts of the liturgical […]

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“God is My Reward” | Tuesday of Holy Week

(cf. Isaiah 49:1-6) Throughout Lent the Roman liturgy often sings of the “rewards” or fruits of fasting and penance: sobriety and clarity of mind, a humbled heart, works of mercy, and forgiveness of sins—rewards that are gifts from God and which dispose us to an even greater attentiveness to Him. We can rest more fully […]

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“Something Beautiful” | Monday of Holy Week

“But Jesus said, ‘Let her alone; why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me’” (Mk 14:6). This verse, although not recorded by St. John in his account of the anointing at Bethany is recorded by both Matthew and Mark, indicating how deeply Mary’s gesture touched our Lord’s heart, His priestly heart. […]

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