PODCAST | St. Josemaria: The Saint of Ordinary Life

[ Podcast Transcript ]

In honor of the Feast Day of St. Josemaria on June 26, Fr. Donncha Ó hAodha reflects on the origin and meaning of St. Josemaria’s title, “Saint of Ordinary Life”, and invites us to contemplate what God is saying and revealing to us as we seek the company and intercession of St. Josemaria.

St. Josemaria said, “There is something holy, something divine, hidden in the most ordinary circumstances, and it’s up to each one of us to discover it.” Fr. Donncha, therefore, reminds us that the invitation of this feast day is to discover that something holy in the ordinary circumstances of our lives. And, that something is none other than “the living Christ, Jesus, close by us in our work, in our rest, in our families, in our friendships, in our social life, in our pains, in our sorrows, in our joys… whatever it is, the Lord is there with us.”

“What a beautiful mission this is to open up the divine path of the earth to proclaim with our own behavior and also with our words that there is something holy, something divine, hidden in the most ordinary, everyday things. And the corollary of that is that holiness, therefore, consists for us in friendship with the divine someone, who’s always by our side.”

On this Feast of St. Josemaria and through his intercession, we ask God for the grace of holiness for ourselves and for all our brothers and sisters. We ask for holiness and openness to Our Lord in and through our ordinary life. And, we ask God for the zeal that is required for this… to open the doors of the world to let God work!


The St. Josemaria Institute is pleased to partner with ASL Catholic Media to share a video recording of this podcast interpreted in American Sign Language:

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Rev. Donncha Ó hAodha Rev. Donncha Ó hAodha

Born in Galway in the West of Ireland, Fr. Donncha Ó hAodha studied English and French Literature at National University of Ireland. He worked as a secondary school teacher for a few years prior to being ordained for the Opus Dei Prelature in 2001. He lives in Dublin where he carries out his ministry mainly with young people.

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