Novena to St. Josemaria Escriva: Day 7 – Apostolate

DAY SEVEN

“Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.’ When they brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.”

Luke 5:10 – 11

REFLECTION

Apostolate: “I have constantly preached about this opportunity that is both supernatural and human and which is offered by God our Father to us his children: we can share in Christ’s work of Redemption. (…) God wants all men to be saved. This is an invitation to us and also a responsibility that weighs upon each one of us. The Church is not a place of refuge for a privileged few. ‘Who says the great Church is only a small part of the earth? The great Church is the whole world.’ That is how St. Augustine describes it. And he adds: ‘Wherever you go, Christ is there. Your inheritance reaches to the ends of the earth; come take possession of it with me.’ Remember the nets? They were full to overflowing, bursting with fish. God ardently longs to see his house full. He is a Father and likes to live surrounded by all his children.”

St. Josemaria Escriva
Friends of God, no. 263

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.