Thought for the Day – 26 June – The Memorial of St Josemaria Escrivá (1902-1975)

Thought for the Day – 26 June – The Memorial of St Josemaria Escrivá (1902-1975)

Excerpt from St John Paul’s Homily

on the Canonisation of St Josemaria – 6 October 2002

“All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” (Rom 8,14).   These words of the Apostle Paul, … help us understand better the significant message of today’s canonisation of Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer.   With docility he allowed himself to be led by the Spirit, convinced that only in this way can one fully accomplish God’s will.

This fundamental Christian truth was a constant theme in his preaching.   Indeed, he never stopped inviting his spiritual children to invoke the Holy Spirit to ensure that their interior life, namely, their life of relationship with God and their family, professional and social life, totally made up of small earthly realities, would not be separated but would form only one life that was “holy and full of God”.   He wrote, “We find the invisible God in the most visible and material things” (Conversations with Josemaría Escrivá, n. 114).

This teaching of his is still timely and urgent today.   In virtue of the Baptism that incorporates him into Christ, the believer is called to establish with the Lord an uninterrupted and vital relationship.   He is called to be holy and to collaborate in the salvation of humanity.

To fulfil such a rigorous mission, one needs constant interior growth nourished by prayer.   St Josemaría was a master in the practice of prayer, which he considered to be an extraordinary “weapon” to redeem the world.   He always recommended: “in the first place prayer;  then expiation;  in the third place but very much in third place, action” (The Way, n. 82).   It is not a paradox but a perennial truth:  the fruitfulness of the apostolate lies above all in prayer and in intense and constant sacramental life.   This, in essence, is the secret of the holiness and the true success of the saints.

May the Lord help you, dear brothers and sisters, to accept this challenging ascetical and missionary instruction.   May Mary sustain you, whom the holy founder invoked as “Spes nostra, Sedes Sapientiae, Ancilla Domini!” (Our Hope, Seat of Wisdom, Handmaid of the Lord).

May Our Lady make everyone an authentic witness of the Gospel, ready everywhere to make a generous contribution to building the Kingdom of Christ!   May the example and teaching of St Josemaría be an incentive to us, so that at the end of the earthly pilgrimage, we too may be able to share in the blessed inheritance of heaven!   There, together with the angels and all the saints, we will contemplate the face of God and sing His glory for all eternity.”

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