Novena to St. Josemaria Escriva: Day 3 – Work as a Path to Holiness

Novena to St. Josemaria Escriva | 2020
June 17 – 25, 2020

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.

DAY THREE

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.”
Matthew 5:14

REFLECTION

Work as a Path to Holiness: “You and I are Christians but at the same time, and without any break in continuity, we are citizens and workers with clear obligations, which we have to fulfil in an exemplary manner if we really want to become saints. Jesus himself is urging us: ‘You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Neither do men light a lamp and put it under a measure, but upon the lampstand, so as to give light to all in the house. Even so, let your light shine before men, in order that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven’ (Mt 5:14-16).

Professional work, whatever it is, becomes a lamp to enlighten your colleagues and friends. That is why I usually tell those who become members of Opus Dei, and the same applies to all of you now listening to me: ‘What use is it telling me that so and so is a good son of mine — a good Christian — but a bad shoemaker?’ If he doesn’t try to learn his trade well, or doesn’t give his full attention to it, he won’t be able to sanctify it or offer it to our Lord. The sanctification of ordinary work is, as it were, the hinge of true spirituality for people who, like us, have decided to come close to God while being at the same time fully involved in temporal affairs.”

St. Josemaria Escriva
Friends of God, no. 61

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.

CONCLUDING PRAYERS

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.