As we pray for the intercession of St. Josemaria, our novena this year guides us to reflect on and follow his lifelong example “to hide and disappear…for Jesus alone to shine”. Each day of the novena includes excerpts for reflection from Scripture and the writings of St. Josemaria Escriva followed by the daily prayer for the intercession of St. Josemaria Escriva.
“And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.”
Holiness in Ordinary Life: “Since 1928 I have understood clearly that God wants our Lord’s whole life to be an example for Christians. I saw this with special reference to his hidden life, the years he spent working side by side with ordinary men. Our Lord wants many people to ratify their vocation during years of quiet, unspectacular living. Obeying God’s will always means leaving our selfishness behind, but there is no reason why it should entail cutting ourselves off from the normal life of ordinary men who share the same status, work and social position as we.
I dream — and the dream has come true — of multitudes of God’s children, sanctifying themselves as ordinary citizens, sharing the ambitions and endeavors of their colleagues and friends. I want to shout to them about this divine truth: if you are there in the middle of ordinary life, it doesn’t mean Christ has forgotten about you or hasn’t called you. He has invited you to stay among the activities and concerns of the world. He wants you to know that your human vocation, your profession, your talents, are not omitted from his divine plans. He has sanctified them and made them a most acceptable offering to his Father.”
St. Josemaria Escriva
Christ is Passing By, no. 20
PRAYER FOR THE INTERCESSION OF SAINT JOSEMARIA
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 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). Amen.
Our Father, who art in Heaven…
Hail Mary, full of grace…
Glory be to the Father…
The readings and prayers for each day of the novena can also be found online at www.stjosemaria.org.