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90th Anniversary of the Founding of Opus Dei

Today on the podcast... In celebration of the anniversary of the founding of Opus Dei (October 2, 1928), we reflect on the early life of St. Josemaria Escriva and the historical circumstances that led him to receive the special light from God to found Opus Dei. This light from God helped St. Josemaria to see: It is possible to create a civilization of love—to bring Jesus Christ in a new way into the very heart of the world amid a culture that is antithetical to the Gospel. God was giving...


Our Lady of Sorrows

In September the Church celebrates the feasts of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (14th) and Our Lady of Sorrows (15th). On today's podcast we prepare ourselves for the celebration of these feasts with the help of Our Lady by observing her example during the Passion of her Son and contemplating her at the foot of the Cross. Our Lady of Sorrows places us at her side, before Jesus on the Cross, to help us mature in our share in the mission of her Son. Bringing us to the Cross means helping...


Jesus is Present in Peter's Boat

On today's podcast, Fr. Javier del Castillo, Vicar of Opus Dei in the Midwest (USA), offers a timely reflection on the current crisis in the Church and how we can respond to all of it by turning our sadness and anger into prayer. Like the disciples who were fearful that they would perish in the great storm (ref. Mark 4:38-41), we too should instinctively look to Jesus for help as we face the waves of scandal that leave us profoundly perplexed. Within the silence of our hearts, the Holy...


Mary, The Most Sweet Name

On September 12th the Church celebrates the feast of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On today’s podcast we reflect on Mary's role and mission as a mother to give us the very best: To help us in all of our needs- physical, emotional, and spiritual. To unite us with her Son, Jesus Christ. To win for us the grace to desire to be saints. Mary shows us that we can have confidence in her intercessory prayers when she spoke to the servants at the wedding in Cana, “Do whatever he...


To Whom Shall We Go

Today on the podcast… Faced with the present crisis of the Church, we are guided in this reflection to look to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Truth, for light and hope. Today we find ourselves in a similar situation as the Disciples of Jesus when he unveiled his teachings on the Eucharist in the Gospel of John (Jn 6:60-71). Many of the disciples felt that what Jesus was teaching was a hard saying and they turned away from him. What we see going on in the Church today is in a certain sense...


A Holiness that Exceeds that of the Pharisees

Today on the podcast… The Lord asks that our holiness exceed that of the Pharisees (Matthew 23:1-36). We recall that the Pharisees were a virtuous people who lived the moral law, prayed many times throughout the day along with fasting and almsgiving. But the Lord wants us also to love as He has loved—a love that reveals through our actions that we are His disciples. Desiring union with the love of Christ requires that we prioritize the formation of our heart's mission: to be humble,...


The Sacred Humanity of Jesus

In today’s podcast we ask the Lord to help us to not be satisfied with being a bystander, that we allow his words to enter deep into our hearts and change us. In the words of St. Josemaria Escriva: “We only love what we know well.” Therefore, let us look to the lives of the saints and the life of Jesus himself in an effort to come to know God well; imitating daily, through our actions, a genuine love of neighbor. ______________________________________________________________ THANK YOU FOR...


Exercising My Priestly Soul

In this reflection we are called to consider Jesus Christ as the High Priest and how all of us are called to participate in that priesthood according to our vocation in life. We are each called to a specific way of life and those who have chosen the priesthood as their vocation have additional responsibilities regarding the care of God’s people. There are acts that the priest must do on behalf of the people as they work on guiding them towards the right path. And yet, every priest needs and...


Being Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Today on the podcast, we are invited to reflect and pray about: What is the ordinary and how can it help us to be extraordinary? Jesus’ life growing up was not written down. There is no account of his activities after Joseph and Mary found him in the Temple until his baptism in the River Jordan. Jesus was so ordinary that there is nothing written about what a typical day might have been like for him; only a summary by Luke mentioning that Jesus grew in stature and grace before God and man....



In this reflection on The Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth, we encounter the realization that Mary offers us much in the way of teaching us about self-giving. Especially in the way she puts others first, always availing herself to acts of serving others for the love of God. There is an experience of true joy in all she does. ______________________________________________________________ THANK YOU FOR LISTENING! If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please leave a rating or review here on...



On today's podcast we are reminded, for our contemplation, of the words Pope Benedict XVI offered on the meaning of freedom: “Who is freer than the One who is the Almighty? He did not, however, live his freedom as an arbitrary power or as domination. He lived it as a service. In this way he ‘filled’ freedom with content, which would otherwise have remained an ‘empty’ possibility of doing or not doing something. . .freedom draws its meaning from love . . .” If it is true happiness that we are...


10-Day Devotion to the Holy Spirit | Day 4

Thank you for listening to the 10-Day Devotion to the Holy Spirit on the St. Josemaria Institute Podcast! 10-Day Devotion to the Holy Spirit - Day 4 | Our faith in the Holy Spirit: necessarily complete For the complete text of today’s reflection and for additional spiritual resources visit: 10-DAY DEVOTION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT IN PREPARATION FOR PENTECOST: The prayers and reflections for this devotion are taken from the “Handbook of Prayers,”...


Evangelizing The Grassroots

Today on the podcast… “When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, 'Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?' (Lk 24:30-32).” As we journey with those whom the Lord chooses to place in our lives, we can be apostles of today evangelizing simply through how we live...


St. Joseph the Worker

Today on the podcast… On May 1st, the Church celebrates the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. “…Behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there till I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him'” (Matt. 2:13). In this reflection, Msgr. Fred Dolan invites us to bring to our prayer the great example of St. Joseph, especially his obedience and immediate response to the will of...


The Dynamics of The Cross and Resurrection

Reflection… Easter is the highest celebration of the Church because it is the culmination of the Paschal Mystery with Jesus as victor over sin and death. The properties of his suffering on the Cross and his Resurrection stimulate change. Not only a visible change in our behavior but also a spiritual change in direct correlation with our relationship in prayer with the Lord. All of this is made possible through a young Jewish girl’s "yes" to an Angel sent By God. Mary’s Fiat! As this young...


The Incarnation of Mercy

Reflection… “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:48 For an example of what perfection could look like, let us read what St. Faustina wrote in her diary, “Neither graces, nor revelations, nor raptures, nor gifts granted to a soul make it perfect, but rather the intimate union of the soul with God. These gifts are merely ornaments of the soul, but constitute neither its essence nor its perfection.” St. Faustina died of tuberculosis in Krakow, Poland,...


Watch and Pray in Gethsemane

Reflection… “My wounds stink and fester because of my foolishness, I am utterly bowed down and prostrate; all the day I go about mourning. For my sides are filled with burning, and there is no soundness in my flesh. I am feeble and crushed; I groan because of the tumult of my heart.” Psalm 38:5-8 In the Garden of Gethsemane when Jesus tells Peter, James, and John to watch and pray, he is also calling us to watch and pray. In our prayer we contemplate who Jesus really is, what he did for us...


Repent and Believe in the Gospel

Reflection… Lent is a season of conversion of the mind, heart, and soul through the acts of prayer, penance, and deeds of charity/alms giving. Though its exact time of origin is unknown, the practice of fasting and the offering of a penance during the 40 days prior to Easter was more widely visible in the church sometime soon after The First Council of Nicaea, AD 325. The councils’ program of liturgical and theological alignment may have been the springboard that aided in the formation of...



Jesus prepared the disciples to bear fruit as they began to evangelize. We too must prepare for evangelizing as well. During the season of lent let us practice being in the presence Jesus, to be in constant prayer. In the early church St. Paul taught, to "Put on Christ". To evangelize well our faith must grow and for our faith to grow one must pursue holiness. The Second Vatican Council has brought to the forefront that the laity are called to bring the modern world back to Christ. Through...


How To Put Christ First

Reflection… During this season of lent we are called by the Church to repent of our sins and turn back to the gospels. The Gospel of Luke makes it clear that all are being addressed when Jesus gives instructions on how to be his disciples, “Then Jesus said to all of them, “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” Luke 9:23 Therefore, to be Jesus’ disciples, to put him first, we must practice temperance from our own desires, passions, and...