About St. Josemaría Escrivá:
Feast Day: June 26
St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer was a priest to began his ministry working with the poor, sick and young children in Spain. God showed him his mission to found Opus Dei (which means “Work of God” in Latin). Opus Dei is an institution within the Catholic Church that is dedicated to helping people follow Jesus, to seek holiness and grow in love for God in their daily life.
St. Josemaría Escrivá, those involved with Opus Dei and the entire Catholic Church were persecuted during the Spanish Civil War. He suffered severe hardships during this persecution but he made it out of the war alive. Then, St. Josemaría Escrivá led Opus Dei to build schools, job training centers, hospitals, clinics and other initiatives that are inherently Christian but are open to all people regardless of races, religion or social background.
He spoke to many about the love of God, the sacraments, Christian dedication and the need to sanctify work and family life. At the time of his death Opus Dei was in thirty nations on six continents. He suffered from diabetes and is the patron saint of diabetics.
St. Josemaría Escrivá Novena Prayer
Heavenly Father, you have given us the shining example of St. Josemaría Escrivá. You granted him the grace and ability to minister to many when he founded Opus Dei. He shared Your word and taught people how to make their daily life and work holy. For it is in our daily life and work that we can come to know You, O God!
St. Josemaría Escrivá, we know that you are particularly close with God and so we humbly beg you to hear and answer our intentions through the grace of Our Lord.
(Mention your intentions here)
O God, we long to have your peace within us. Please show us how to be holy like St. Josemaría Escrivá so that every day we may see Your loving hand in our work, our families, in our friends and in all that we do. Help us to be strong when we face illness and difficulty in life so that we may see Your good and loving hand in all situations.
Today, we come to You with a special request through the intercession of St. Josemaría Escrivá:
Dear God, help married couples make a Christian family that is healthy and holy and that they may cooperate with Your creative power in bearing and educating their children.
Dear God, help us to obtain honest, suitable and steady employment. Please assist us in being grateful when we do get a job, that we may see it as a great treasure.
Dear God, help us to experience Christian joy whenever we embrace pain, illness or difficulties. Please show us how to surrender our suffering into Your fatherly arms.
Dear God, help us to make a good example for our children every day. May we have perseverance to help our children become good adults and genuine Christians.
Dear God, help us to know that our work is a service to others and that God is waiting for us in our work, asking us to imitate Jesus’ years of work as a carpenter.
Dear God, help us to see pain and illness as a way of sharing in Your Cross and not as a punishment.
Dear God, help us to be thankful for the amazing gift of children. May we put great care into their formation as Christians and their material needs.
Dear God, help us understand that the love that we put into our work is what gives our work value. Please teach us to know the love that comes from offering our work to God and for our neighbor.
Dear God, help us to be grateful for the cross you have sent us. That we may see it as an opportunity to purify our souls and as an offering for the good our of families and friends.
St. Josemaría Escrivá, we offer our prayers and intentions into your steadfast hands with the knowledge that you will bring them to the feet of God speedily. As we ask you to pray for our intentions, we pray even more that we may become as close to Our Lord as you are. Only there, close to God, may our hearts be fulfilled.
St. Josemaría Escrivá Patron of…
The intercession of St. Josemaría Escrivá is called on especially in the following cases:
You can pray the St. Josemaría Escrivá Novena for any reason that you want, so go ahead and start praying!