Novena to St. Josemaria Escriva: Day 8 – Formation


“’If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’”

John 8:31 – 32


Formation: “You must always have, in everything, the same ‘sentiment’ as the Church. For this, you must acquire the spiritual and doctrinal training that you need, which will make you a person of sound judgement in temporal matters, humble and quick to correct yourself when you realize you have made a mistake. Correcting your own mistakes, nobly, is a very human and very supernatural way of using your freedom.”

“There is an urgent need for spreading the doctrine of Christ. Store up your training, fill yourself with clear ideas, with the fullness of the Christian message, so that afterwards you can pass it on to others. Don’t expect God to illuminate you, for he has no reason to when you have definite human means available to you: study and work.”

St. Josemaria Escriva
The Forge, no. 840 – 841


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…

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