Novena to St. Josemaria Escriva: Day 4 – Contemplatives in the Middle of the World

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.


“I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.”

Philippians 4:13


Contemplatives in the Middle of the World: “We are ordinary Christians. We work at the most varied professions. All our activity takes place amid everyday circumstances. Everything follows a customary rhythm in our lives. The days seem the same, even monotonous. But don’t forget that our condition which is apparently so common has a divine value. God is interested in everything we do, because Christ wishes to become incarnate in our things, to vivify from within even our most insignificant actions.

(…) Christ is interested in the work we do — whether once or thousands of times — in the office, in the factory, in the shop, in the classroom, in the fields, in the exercise of any manual or intellectual occupation. He is likewise interested in the hidden sacrifices we make to keep our bad humor or temper to ourselves.

Review in your prayer these thoughts. Take occasion of them to tell Jesus that you adore him. And thus you have a formula to become contemplatives in the middle of the world, amid the noises of the street, at all times and in all places. This is the first lesson we should learn in the school of intimacy with Christ.”

St. Josemaria Escriva
Christ is Passing By, no. 174


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