Novena to St. Josemaria Escriva: Day 5 – Unity of Life

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 FIVE

“Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”
Matthew 5:16

REFLECTION

Unity of Life: “The Christian must have a hunger to know. Everything, from the most abstract knowledge to manual techniques, can and should lead to God. For there is no human undertaking which cannot be sanctified, which cannot be an opportunity to sanctify ourselves and to cooperate with God in the sanctification of the people with whom we work. The light of the followers of Jesus Christ should not be hidden in the depths of some valley, but should be placed on the mountain peak, so that ‘they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven’ (Mt 5:16).

To work in this way is to pray. To study thus is likewise prayer. Research done with this spirit is prayer too. We are always doing the same thing, for everything can be prayer, all activity can and should lead us to God, nourish our intimate dealings with him, from morning to night. Any honorable work can be prayer and all prayerful work is apostolate. In this way the soul develops a unity of life, which is both simple and strong.”

St. Josemaria Escriva
Christ is Passing By, no. 10

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.