Helping from Heaven

“From heaven I’ll be able to help you better,” St Josemaria told us at the end of his life… His holy life had an enormous impact on those around him and on the millions familiar with his writings. Yet with his arrival in heaven, his help has become much more far-reaching, thanks to his intercession before God for so many people’s needs, whether big or small. Interestingly enough, he tends to work on two levels at once. While, for instance, he helps a girl recover the contact lens she lost in the bus, he likewise touches her heart to welcome Jesus Christ.

The mission God entrusted to Josemaria Escriva on October 2, 1928, was to found Opus Dei, a path to holiness through professional work and a Christian’s ordinary duties. Our Lord wanted to remind all men and women that they can and should be saints— also “ordinary” people: married or single; engaged in any honest job; sick or well, young or old, poor or rich… from heaven St Josemaria continues to carry out this mission, helping so many people to encounter Christ amid the problems, dreams, joys, and sorrows of daily life. Alongside Jesus Christ, one’s daily and at times tedious panorama gains an unexpected newness, a surprising grandeur, thanks to God’s redemptive love.

To help us discover the permanent newness that Christ’s light projects onto daily life, St Josemaria keeps on beckoning from heaven, intent on teaching us to love. He sends favors, both great and small, that contain a call from God to each soul… the beneficiary is led to an unexpected encounter with Christ himself.

– Rev. Msgr. Joaquin Alonso
From the Foreword to
Favors of Saint Josemaria Escriva