On the occasion of the 5th anniversary of his canonization, we offer a weekly video of Saint Josemaría.
In the last years of his life, Saint Josemaría held many conversations with various groups of people. During them, he would explain points of Christian doctrine and Opus Dei’s spirit. These short videos allow you to see and hear him presenting these teachings.
In this video from 1974, St. Josemaria speaks about praying the Rosary as a family.
“When you leave,” St. Josemaría was once asked,” what do you want to leave in our hearts.” He quickly replied: “That you be brothers and sisters to all creatures: sowers of peace and joy” (1:10).
“I bless human love with both of my hands as a priest,” said St. Josemaría. He also recommended that spouses argue as little as possible and always make up at the end, asking one another for forgiveness (2:32).
Children can often cause their parents to worry. St. Josemaría relates two stories from his own family to show that sometimes what’s needed is understanding and trust on the part of parents (2:38).
Even a broken soup bowl was a topic for St. Josemaría’s prayer. He said he was like a soup bowl, broken by sin and repaired—thanks to confession—to continue serving sound nourishment to others (1:58).
How does Jesus approach us? Our Lord approaches us as he did his disciples: with affection, with naturalness, with patience in the face of our mistakes (0:59).
In order to love someone, we have to get to know them, converse with them, laugh and suffer with them. And this is what we need to do with Jesus Christ. St. Josemaría told him: “I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you, I long to be your friend…” (2:01)
St. Josemaria said that “the happiness of heaven is for those who know how to be happy on earth.” But what will that happiness be made up of? What will heaven be like? “Heaven is… love,” the saint tells us in this video (0:50).
As we see in the parable of the prodigal son, Christian life means returning every day to the Father's house (02’22’’).
When speaking with God, St. Josemaría advised, “don’t choose your words. Just as when you speak with your wife and your children, or with people you love… Let your heart go” (2’42”).
St. Josemaría: Devotion to St. Joseph
The Founder of Opus Dei saw in St. Joseph the strong and affectionate father that Christ wanted on earth. He asked St. Joseph to teach him how to stay close to Mary and to Jesus: “How he would have embraced the Child, and kissed him!”
Cooperators help Opus Dei in various ways—by praying, and giving of their money, their work, and their time. St. Josemaría encourages them to also get others to stand up for Christ (1’23’’).
On the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, St. Josemaría was asked how to love our Lord more. With all simplicity he spoke about his own way of doing so.
In 1972 St. Josemaría met with a group of high school teachers. "What is the most important virtue for a teacher?", he is asked (00’52’’).
The Holy Spirit dwells inside us. He accompanies us in our daily life, helping us to grow and improve.
Those who care for the sick have an opportunity to live charity and to exercise patience.
To pray means to talk with God as one talks with a friend or a brother. And our Lord is always waiting for us to converse with him (01’46’’).
Death is hard, St. Josemaría admits, but it is the step that opens the doors of life. And so we Christians can face death with hope (00:52’’).
In Seville (Spain), St. Josemaría conversed with a man from the country: “Work makes us brothers,” the saint told him. The farmer’s culture, not learned from books, enabled him to get very close to God.
Christ encouraged us to help others in such a way that only God knows. St. Josemaría repeats that message here (0’37”).
With a lot of work to do, we can easily forget to greet our Lord and our Lady with words of affection. St. Josemaría suggested using “alarm clocks,” small objects or pictures that remind us of God’s presence (01’38”).
Without love, life wouldn’t be worth living. Therefore St. Josemaría counseled: “Fall madly in love,” both when our love is in heaven and when it’s on earth (0’58”).
“My friend doesn’t believe in priests,” someone told St. Josemaría. “Neither do I!” he answered. “I believe because of our Lord Jesus Christ!” (01’15”).
St. Josemaría suggests working gladly and enthusiastically, in order to earn one’s livelihood and support one’s family. But above all to please God. That is Opus Dei (01’34”).
“Love arrived when least expected.” These are the lyrics from a song sung by a group of young women to St. Josemaría. He used them to recall the moment when Love came into his life: “Christ told me: you are mine.” (01’40”)
St. Josemaría always spoke a lot about freedom: granting it, defending it, knowing how to use it. Here he is asked: “How can we harmonize freedom and authority in raising our children?” (0’55”).
St. Josemaría is asked how to take greater advantage of the Mass. The saint reminds us that it is Christ who is acting: “Because Christ hasn’t died, Christ is alive.” (0’59”)
Condoray is a social project in Peru that gives occupational training to rural women, teaching them to sew, to raise crops, to run a small shop.... In this video a Quechuan woman tells St. Josemaría that her friends laugh at her because she goes to Mass (Video: 01’44”).
Teaching children Christian virtues such as temperance requires tact, affection, patience and a lot of personal piety. That is what the Founder of Opus Dei tells a mother in this video (01’14”).
Increase our faith!, the apostles asked Jesus. In this video St. Josemaría says that we too should ask God to increase our faith, our hope, and our charity (Weekly video, 1’32”).
God will bless our work if we are generous in dedicating time to our children, says St. Josemaria in this video (01’08’’).
Since our baptism, God has lived in our soul. Without our noticing it, he cares for us, protects us, demands of us, like a mother with her children. This is how St. Josemaría explains it (Weekly Video 01’31”).
Opus Dei’s Founder advises us to take advantage of life’s daily events to draw closer to God and give him glory (Weekly Video: 00’48”).
We can speak with God in front of a tabernacle or receiving Holy Communion. But St. Josemaría tells us that we can be God’s temple when we walk down the street, or at work or at home (Weekly video: 02’30”).
Sickness or setbacks can make us protest and complain to God. St. Josemaria invites us to trust God, who “is much more than even a good mother.” (01’46”)
The mystery of the Trinity is the principal mystery of our Christian faith. A young woman asks St. Josemaria how to grasp it better (01’41”).
A family needs affection and supernatural vision when caring for a needy person. St. Josemaría tells a mother that her mentally-handicapped child will draw her closer to God (Weekly Vídeo: 02’22”).
A woman asks St. Josemaría how she can help her children once they have found their life’s vocation (Weekly Video, 01’22”).
When St. Josemaria was a young parish priest, there was a milkman who entered his Church every morning for a few seconds. “Jesus, here is John the milkman.” To the young priest, that prayer seemed simple and beautiful (Weekly Video: 01’21’’).
In 1972 a man lost his wife and son in an automobile accident. St. Josemaría wished to help him with some consoling words. Faced with such pain, St. Josemaría would ask God, “Why”? (Weekly Video 1’48’’).
As a child, the Founder of Opus Dei loved to be told a story about robbers. Each time he was delighted to hear it again. And so it is with the Gospel which is always the same and alway new (Weekly video: 1 ’23”).
It is not always easy to think of God while we are working. A small crucifix on our desk can help us. This is what St. Josemaría did (Weekly video: 00’ 38”).
God is a Father, St. Josemaría tells us, who is with us both in good and not so good times, when we laugh and when we cry (Weekly Video: 00'39'').
Saints in ordinary life: an attractive goal for all Christians. How can we attain it? By loving our spouse, caring for our children, working with professional excellence… “And God will help us,” says St. Josemaria (Weekly Video : 01’27”).
Welcome everyone, show them affection, do not reject anyone. So advised Opus Dei’s founder for those who want to imitate Christ, because our Lord did not reject anyone (Weekly Video 1’31”).
“In an environment that is not very Christian, how can we stand up for what we believe in?” This question, still relevant today, was put to St. Josemaría in 1972. Here is his answer (Weekly Video: 0’44”).
“If you put love into each day, each day is different.” This is the advice Opus Dei’s founder gives to those who want to flee from routine and find God in their daily lives (video: 1’53”).
What work is best? “That which is done with the most love for God,” says St. Josemaría in this video where he speaks about work and serving others (1:19).
Jesus Christ, truly present in the Eucharist: "Lord: I know that you are alive, that you are hidden there by Love". Weekly Video (1’18’’).
A practical demonstration of interreligious dialogue. Video (0’48’’)
God’s will is lovable, even when things go wrong. Video (0’53’’). "See that God at least permits the thing which is bothering you and you will see how the pain will go away", said Saint Josemaria.
We will get to know Jesus if we “live” the Gospel. We offer a weekly video of Saint Josemaría (1'45'').