“Christ is Passing By” | 50th Anniversary (1973-2023)
“‘Make me to know your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths.’ (Ps 24:4) We ask the Lord to guide us, to show us his footprints, so we can set out to attain the fullness of his commandments, which is charity.”
ST. JOSEMARIA ESCRIVA
Christ is Passing By, no. 1
In 2023, the book Christ is Passing By by St. Josemaria Escriva is celebrating its 50th anniversary of publication.
Originally published in Spanish in March 1973, Christ is Passing By is a beloved collection of 18 homilies written by St. Josemaria following the feasts of the liturgical year, from Advent to the Solemnity of Christ the King. It was the last published work that he was able to edit personally before his death in 1975. (Several other of his works were published posthumously.)
In Christ is Passing By, St. Josemaria helps to bring Christianity alive in the hearts and minds of all Christians to remind us that God calls us to be his children, to be saints, to be apostles.
St. Josemaria helps us through his careful, loving knowledge of the Word of God to know Our Lord and to follow his footprints as a way of life. Every homily is filled with Scripture leading us to make the connection between Gospel teaching and our lives as Christians in the world.
Inspired by his many years of preaching and pastoral work, the homilies of St. Josemaria encourage all Christians to strive for holiness by developing their interior lives and Christian virtues, and to sow peace and joy in a society that can be indifferent to God.
At the time of publication, St. Josemaria had been deeply immersed in the ongoing governance and expansion of Opus Dei. In publishing this book, he was also thinking about the apostolic work of Opus Dei members and how this book could serve the good of souls in so many countries and languages.
Since 1973, Christ is Passing By has sold over 500,000 copies and has been translated into 21 languages. The first English edition was published in September 1974 by Scepter Press (Chicago) and Veritas (Dublin).