"The saint of the ordinary".

A 7 minute video about the life of Saint Josemaría Escrivá, who spread the call to sanctity in daily life and was called the "saint of the ordinary" by John Paul II. "We have to be contemplative souls in the middle of the world, who strive to turn our work into prayer," he often said.

A new app with four novenas, for the family, for work, for the sick, and for forgiveness, is designed to make it easier to ask Saint Josemaria’s help for specific needs.

What is a novena? 

It is a prayer or series of prayers repeated for nine days in a row. The roots of the tradition are scriptural, referring to the nine days the Apostles and our Lady spent in the Upper Room between Jesus’ ascension to the Father and the coming of the Holy Spirit. They waited, and devoted themselves to prayer. (see Acts 1:12-14)

Novenas are always marked by a sense of urgency and focus. This is not just daily prayer, but purposeful attention to intense, heartfelt, and repeated prayer of petition. That is why the faithful have recourse to the saints to intercede for them in their petitions for illness, for their family, for work.

"People are not born holy. Holiness is forged through a constant interplay of God's grace and the correspondence of man."

The help of the saints

The saints can help us in these petitions, because “they contemplate God, praise him and constantly care for those whom they have left on earth. When they entered into the joy of their Master, they were 'put in charge of many things' (see Mt 25:21). Their intercession is their most exalted service to God's plan. We can and should ask them to intercede for us and for the whole world” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2683).

Saint Josemaria nurtured a deep hope of going to heaven. At the end of his life he said: “From heaven I’ll be able to help you much better.” The thousands of favors granted through his intercession show that he has kept his promise.

Four novenas, for the family, for work, for the sick, and for forgiveness, are designed for asking for Saint Josemaria’s help for specific needs.

Examples of the worldwide reach of these novenas

A man in Chile thanks Saint Josemaria for getting him his old job back. A Spanish man says an unemployed friend got an out-of-season job in greenhouse gardening. A correspondent from Poland tells of getting a job at age 52 after looking for four years. Another Polish man said his father prayed the Novena for Work twice and found a job. In Lithuania a university lecturer sometimes loses his voice because he gets a sore throat due to an infection that affects his vocal chords. This usually occurs on weekends but once it hit him on a Monday. He had recourse to his prayer card and did not have to miss a single day of work that week. A lady in Mauritius found the Novenas by chance while browsing the Internet and prayed for her 50-year-old husband to get a stable job. As of the time of writing, he had not yet found one but did get into a state-funded training course. She continues praying to Saint Josemaria with all her heart. “I know he has heard me.”

The App

This app makes praying the novenas easier. Besides providing the texts and reflections for each novena, the app has alarms that can serve as reminders. The app is available in English, French, Spanish and Italian.

It can be downloaded from the iTunes store 
or from Google Play for Android devices

These novenas were written by Father Francisco Faus, a close associate of Saint Josemaria. They include reflections and texts drawn from the writings of Saint Josemaria.

Saint Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer y Albás (9 January 1902 – 26 June 1975) was a Roman Catholic priest from Spain who initiated Opus Dei, an organization of laypeople and priests dedicated to the teaching that everyone is called to holiness by God and that ordinary life can result in sanctity. He was canonized during 2002 by Pope John Paul II, who declared Saint Josemaría should be "counted among the great witnesses of Christianity."
Escrivá gained a doctorate in civil law at the Complutense University of Madrid and a doctorate in theology at the Lateran University in Rome. His principal work was the initiation, government and expansion of Opus Dei. Escrivá's best-known publication is The Way, which has been translated into 43 languages and has sold several million copies.

Escrivá and Opus Dei have aroused controversy, primarily concerning allegations of secrecy, elitism, cult-like practices, and political involvement with right-wing causes, such as the dictatorship of General Franco in Spain (1939–1975).
After his death, his canonization attracted considerable attention and controversy, by some Catholics and the worldwide press. Several journalists who have investigated the history of Opus Dei, among them Vatican analyst John L. Allen, Jr., have argued that many of these accusations are unproven or have grown from allegations by enemies of Escrivá and his organization.
Cardinal Albino Luciani (later Pope John Paul I), John Paul II, Benedict XVI, Francis, Oscar Romero, and many Catholic leaders have endorsed Escrivá's teaching concerning the universal call to holiness, the role of laity, and sanctification of ordinary work. According to Allen, among Catholics, Escrivá is "reviled by some and venerated by millions more".

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