Saturday, August 06, 2005

St. Jose Maria Escriva - Prayer

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Saint Josemaria Escriva
O God, through the mediation of Mary our Mother,
You granted Your priest Saint Josemaria countless graces,
choosing him as a most faithful instrument to found Opus Dei,
a way of sanctification in daily work and in the
fulfillment of the Christian's ordinary duties.

Grant that I too may learn to turn all
the circumstances and events of my life
into occasions of loving you
and serving the Church, the Pope and all the souls
with joy and simplicity,
lighting up the pathways of this earth, with faith and love.

Deign to grant me, through the intercession of
Saint Josemaria, the favor of...(make your request).

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father.

"Your daily encounter with Christ takes place right where you work,
where your aspirations and your affections are.
There we must seek sanctity,
in the midst of the most material things of the earth,
serving God and all humankind.
Heaven and earth seem to merge, my daughters and sons, on the horizon.
But where they really meet is in your heart,
when you strive for holiness in your everyday lives."

- St. Josemaria Escriva, from the homily Passionately Loving the World, October 8, 1967