Josemaria Escriva. Founder of Opus Dei - On this day Life and teachings of Saint Josemaria day by day <![CDATA[1933.1.21]]> Saint Josemaría gave his first class of Christian formation to three young students. Years later he said, “When the class was over, I went to the chapel with those boys, and I took our Lord sacramentally present in the monstrance, raised him, and blessed those three,… and I saw three hundred, three hundred thousand, thirty million, three billion…, white, black, yellow, of all the colors, all the combinations that human love can produce. And I fell short, because this has become a reality after not even half a century. I fell short, because our Lord has been generous beyond my wildest dream.”]]> <![CDATA[1933.1.20]]> “It only takes a second. Before setting about anything, ask yourself: ‘What does God want of me in this?’ Then, with God’s grace,... do it!” This point in The Way originated in a text Saint Josemaría wrote on today’s date.]]> <![CDATA[1934.1.19]]> “What a wonderful thing it is to be a child! When a man asks a favour, his request must be backed by a list of his qualifications. When it is a child who asks — since children haven’t any qualifications — it’s enough for him to say: ‘I’m a son of So-and-so.’ ‘Ah, Lord,’ — say it to him with all your heart! — ‘I am a son of God!’” Saint Josemaría wrote this passage on this date; it would later become no. 892 of The Way.]]> <![CDATA[1932.1.18]]> “Sunday I will dedicate to the Blessed Trinity; Monday, to my good friends the holy souls in purgatory; Tuesday, to my guardian angel and all other guardian angels, and to all the angels in heaven without distinction; Wednesday, to my father and lord Saint Joseph; Thursday, to the Blessed Eucharist; Friday, to the Passion of Jesus; Saturday, to the Blessed Virgin Mary, my Mother.” This was a resolution noted by Saint Josemaría on this date.]]> <![CDATA[1935.1.17]]> Saint Josemaría with Ricardo Fernández Vallespín, an architecture student, and Juan Jiménez Vargas, a medical student, while he was living in Madrid and developing his priestly apostolate with people of all ages and walks of life.]]> <![CDATA[1932.1.16]]> “Child, each day offer him... even your frailties,” Saint Josemaría wrote on this date. It would later become no. 865 in The Way.]]> <![CDATA[1943.1.15]]> José Orlandis and Salvador Canals were received in audience by Pope Pius XII. They spoke with the Holy Father about Opus Dei and about Fr Josemaría Escrivá. “The audience lasted about ten minutes,” Orlandis recalled, “and before we left, the Pope asked us to pass on a special blessing from him to the Founder and to all of Opus Dei.”]]> <![CDATA[1932.1.14]]> “Let us bless pain. Love pain. Sanctify pain... Glorify pain!” Saint Josemaría wrote after helping a sick woman to make a good death.]]> <![CDATA[1902.1.13]]> Josemaría was baptized in Barbastro on this date. He had a permanent memorial of that day in his house in Rome, because in 1957 the Cathedral Chapter and Bishop of Barbastro presented him with the stones of the baptismal font. Duly restored, the font was placed by the entrance to Our Lady of Peace, now the Church of the Prelature of Opus Dei, as a holy-water font. As he passed it he would often remark, “It was here that they made me a Christian.” He loved to recall his baptism and to meditate on receiving the gift of faith and the first presence in his soul of the Holy Spirit, who began to carry out his sanctifying work in a mysterious but effective way. Saint Josemaría wrote in The Forge: “When the Lord brought you into the Church he put an indelible mark upon your soul through Baptism: you are a son of God. Don't forget it.”]]> <![CDATA[1938.1.12]]> “Tell him — yes, him — that I need fifty men who love Jesus Christ above all things.” This point in The Way originated in a note written by Josemaría Escrivá in 1938, just a few days after settling in Burgos.]]>