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Embraced in Her Suffering: A Reflection on Our Lady of Lourdes

"It was on Calvary that Christ, her most blessed Son and our brother, gave her to us as our mother, when he said to St John: 'Behold your mother.' And we received her, along with the beloved disciple, in that moment of supreme grief. The [...]
Tags: Joy, Suffering, Sickness, Generosity, Our Lady, St Josemaria Institute

The Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven

In the Footprints of our Faith Download pdf format for printing (A4) “‘Mary has been taken up to heaven by God in body and soul, and the angels rejoice.’ Joy overtakes both angels and men. Why is it that we feel today this intimate delight, with our [...]
Tags: Angels, Our Lady, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

St Josemaria went to Willesden to pray to our Lady

On August 5, 1958, St Josemaria celebrated Mass in Great Britain for the first time. He had arrived at Dover the day before, and, as was his custom, as soon as he disembarked he had said three Hail Marys, concluding with the aspiration “Sancta Maria, [...]
Tags: Prayer, Our Lady, UK

St Josemaria is Cured of Diabetes

On April 27, 1954, feast of our Lady of Montserrat, after having something like a severe allergic reaction, St Josemaria was cured inexplicably (according to medical opinion) of the diabetes which he had suffered from for several years. People who have had a brush with death, [...]
Tags: Sickness, Death, Our Lady

Sonsoles, May 1935: Why the pilgrimage?

The shrine of Sonsoles in Avila, Spain, was the setting for an event in the history of St Josemaria and Opus Dei, the “May pilgrimage”. How did this custom first take root in Opus Dei? A study published in Studia et Documenta looks at [...]
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Novena to the Immaculate Conception

Novena to prepare for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception Through the centuries the Church has become ever more aware that Mary, "full of grace" through God, was redeemed from the moment of her conception. That is what the dogma of the Immaculate Conception confesses, as [...]
Tags: Our Lady, novena, Josemaria Escriva

Magnanimity, faith, and “madness”

For nine centuries Torreciudad has been a meeting-point for devotion to the Virgin Mary. St. Josemaria joined in with this story: his love for our Blessed Lady led him to initiate the building of a shrine. At the time, carrying out this project seemed like [...]
Tags: Opus Dei, Our Lady, Torreciudad, Josemaria Escriva

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

1830. The political panorama in France, and above all people’s attitudes, had changed a lot since the French Revolution of 1789. Still the atmosphere in the country was more and more tense. Amidst all the upheavals, our Lady made her voice heard: “Come to the [...]
Tags: Holy Rosary, Our Lady, Devotion, Sanctuary of Our Lady

Along the roads of Europe

Along the roads of Europe At the beginning of April 1970, St Josemaria, founder of Opus Dei, said he wanted to visit two shrines of our Lady like a twelfth-century pilgrim: with the same love, the same simplicity and the same joy. He was going there [...]
Tags: Piety, Our Lady, trips, In Love with the Church, UK

Show that you’re a Mother!

St Josemaria’s prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe She will sort everything out On May 1, 1970, St Josemaria announced his desire to cross the Atlantic and prostrate himself at the feet of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Recalling the circumstances of that outburst of filial love for [...]
Tags: Our Lady, trips