紀念日 / Memorial date
聖施禮華1902年1月9日生於西班牙。年輕時看到一位赤足加爾默羅會修士在雪地上留下的腳印，頗受感動，心中燃起服務天主的渴望；進修院攻讀，1925 年 3 月 28 日晉鐸，在一個堂區服務。
Saint Josemaría Escrivá
St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer (January 9, 1902 – June 26, 1975), founder of Opus Dei in 1928.
The son of an Aragonese businessman, Escrivá studied law at the University of Saragossa and attended the archdiocesan seminary there, becoming ordained on March 28, 1925. Except for a period during the Spanish Civil War when he was in hiding and then was a refugee from the anticlerical Republicans, he did pastoral work in Madrid until 1946, when he moved permanently to Rome. It was during this period (on October 2, 1928) that Escrivá is said to have received a vision from God, which provided the inspiration for the foundation of his Opus Dei. From that moment, Escrivá claimed, he dedicated himself to the creation of an organization that would spread holiness and sanctify daily work. The year after he moved to Rome he was promoted to the rank of monsignor, and from 1947 to 1950 he secured Vatican approval of Opus Dei, which was made a personal prelature by Pope John Paul II in 1982.
While in Rome, Escrivá met with experts and fathers associated with the Second Vatican Council. He also oversaw the gradual establishment of vocational, trade, and agricultural centres, numerous high schools and schools of business administration, and the founding of the University of Navarra, which many consider Spain’s finest university. In Spain members of Opus Dei were recruited by Franco when he needed highly trained technicians to implement a program of economic development. Although accused of elitism, secrecy, and cultlike practices, the organization remained popular, and Escrivá moved rapidly toward sainthood. After one of the shortest waiting periods in papal history (27 years), Escrivá was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002.
O God, who raised up your priest Saint Josemaría
in the Church to proclaim the universal call
to holiness and the apostolate,
grant that by his intercession and example we may,
through our daily work, be formed in the
likeness of Jesus your Son and serve
the work of redemption with burning love.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.