PODCAST | Christ is Unstoppable: Commemorating the Canonization of St. Josemaria Escriva

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In this podcast, Fr. Peter Armenio reflects on the commemoration of the canonization of St. Josemaria Escriva (October 6, 2002). The commemoration of feasts and anniversaries are designed for conversion and inspiration from the Holy Spirit to connect with Jesus Christ in a closer way.

As Fr. Peter says, “although we may feel like a zero or insignificant, if Christ is dwelling in us, Christ is unstoppable.” He will use us as that divine pathway to spread the Gospel “to every corner of the earth,” as he did with St. Josemaria.

A canonization is an infallible declaration of the Church, which means there is no possibility of error in this determination or judgment of the Church that this person is a saint. This person has lived the Gospel to a heroic degree, which does not mean that the person didn’t have defects or weaknesses or sins. Cooperating with the work of the Holy Spirit, he or she has allowed Christ to reach a culmination in their life that they could say, “It is no longer I that live, but Christ who lives in me” (Gal 2:20).

Fr. Peter helps us to pray and remember that holiness is not about me, it’s not about my devotions, or my interior life. We have as much responsibility in evangelizing and spreading the Gospel as anyone else in the Church. And, we are called to have the same level of heroic love for God as any saint. St. Josemaria, the saint of the ordinary, is a great example for each one of us!

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Rev. Peter V. Armenio was ordained a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei in 1980. He is the author of several books published by Midwest Theological Forum, including Highlights of the Catholic Faith. He also served as President of the St. Josemaria Institute from 2006 to 2012. He has been working in campus ministry for the past 30 years and also preaches recollections and gives spiritual direction in Chicago.

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