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The St. Josemaria Institute Podcast is a series of reflections following the spirit of St. Josemaria Escriva to help you grow and deepen your daily life of prayer. The St. Josemaria Institute was established in 2006 in the United States to promote the life and teachings of St. Josemaria Escriva through devotions, digital and social media, and special programs and initiatives.

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The St. Josemaria Institute Podcast is a series of reflections following the spirit of St. Josemaria Escriva to help you grow and deepen your daily life of prayer. The St. Josemaria Institute was established in 2006 in the United States to promote the life and teachings of St. Josemaria Escriva through devotions, digital and social media, and special programs and initiatives.

    Feast of the Holy Archangels (Rebroadcast)

    Feast of the Holy Archangels (Rebroadcast)

    In this podcast, Fr. Javier del Castillo shares an insightful reflection on the Holy Archangels – St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael – in honor of their feast day on September 29. Fr. Javier explains how "the work of the Archangels is really one of service to God, adoring God, being messengers of God, and helping mankind reach its ultimate end of going back to God."

    As he reflects on the tasks of the Archangels in the history of salvation, Fr. Javier also shares anecdotes about St. Josemaria Escriva's personal devotion to the Guardian Angels and Archangels, to whom he entrusted "the specific apostolic endeavors that he was to undertake as part of the mission that God wanted of him... founding Opus Dei."

    We learn how St. Josemaria's devotion to the angels was rooted in Scripture and grew from their loving intervention in his daily life, which inspired him to write: "Drink at the clear fountain of the Acts of the Apostles. In the twelfth chapter, Peter, freed from prison by the ministry of Angels, comes to the house of the mother of Mark. Those inside will not believe the girl, who says that Peter is at the door. Angelus ejus est! It must be his Angel!' they said. See on what intimate terms the early Christians were with their Guardian Angels. And you?" (The Way, no. 570).

    On this feast day, let us strengthen our devotion to the angels by invoking them often and seeking their help to overcome our daily struggles against evil and increase our loving desire to serve God.

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    • 28 min
    The Struggle for Heaven

    The Struggle for Heaven

    In this podcast, Msgr. Fred Dolan underscores the perennial importance of persevering in our ascetical or interior struggle for "going higher and higher, doing whatever it takes to aim high, and to reach Heaven."

    We know that the Christian life is not compatible with self-satisfied mediocrity, love of comfort, and lukewarmness. We need great moral strength to reach Heaven and that means a daily perseverance towards sanctity. Therefore, as Msgr. Dolan explains, "to go higher and to get there requires a 'struggle' or 'warfare'... against the enemies of our sanctity, which include pride, laziness, love of comfort, sensuality, and a whole host of others."

    With practical advice and anecdotes from the life of St. Josemaria, Msgr. Dolan encourages us to fight our daily interior battles through which the discipline of a plan of work, good use of time, and small sacrifices will keep us exercising control over our appetites and keep us from falling into dissipation and lukewarmness.

    As you end this time of prayer, looking ahead into the new season and keeping your eyes on Heaven, what struggles do you want to conquer with a positive, cheerful, constant, and energetic spirit?

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    • 24 min
    All for Love: The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

    All for Love: The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

    In this podcast, Fr. Javier del Castillo explores the meaning that our human suffering can assume when we offer it out of love to God. He explains that “the Lord has not come to get rid of suffering–we continue to suffer all the time–but he has come to give it meaning with his Cross; he has come to give it the meaning of love.”
    As we unite ourselves to the Cross of Christ, our hearts expand to a deeper outpouring of love among those around us. If we embrace our Cross in this way, we too will "find Mary on the way, just as Jesus did," and she will comfort and sustain us with her maternal care (Holy Rosary, no. 9).
    As you pray with this meditation today, think of ways you can begin to see the Cross, whether it is one or several in your life, as a source of joy instead of sorrow. And, ask yourself: how can I better unite myself to Jesus and Mary by means of the Cross?
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    Everything for the Good

    Everything for the Good

    In this podcast, Msgr. Fred Dolan invites us to remember how closely the Good Shepherd walks with us in our daily lives. He knows everything about us and is there at every moment, ever ready to guide, inspire, and support us as we aim to live out the particular vocation He has lovingly entrusted to us.
    God takes a risk with you. As St. John Henry Newman explains, “[God] has committed some work to [you] that he has not committed to another. [You] have [your] mission. He has not created [you] for nothing.” Ultimately, we are free to say ‘no’ to the mission God gives us. Yet only in fulfilling that mission wholeheartedly will we become truly happy and truly free.
    As you pray and reflect on this meditation, ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom and light to see how you can put your gifts and talents at the service of God. Remember that our human limitations and weaknesses need not deter us from responding generously to God’s will.

    This podcast is part of our Day of Recollection resources for the month of September, available for free online at www.stjosemaria.org.
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    The Standard of Holiness (Rebroadcast)

    The Standard of Holiness (Rebroadcast)

    In this podcast, Msgr. Fred Dolan shares a reflection on the standard of holiness which St. Josemaria characterizes by the following three points: holy intransigence, holy coercion, and holy shamelessness. He explains that we must form our heart and mind according to the gospel message so that we will have a firm foundation when confronted with opposition.
    We are encouraged to look to the example of the saints who were steadfast in seeking the truth despite facing opposing viewpoints. Inspired by their witness, we too can seek to attain the plane of sanctity through the ordinary moments of everyday life and be a reflection of Christ in the world today.
    In this podcast Msgr. Dolan shares excerpts from the Letter from the Prelate of Opus Dei dated February 14, 2017. This letter can be read in full online at opusdei.org.

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    The Mass and Evangelization (Rebroadcast)

    The Mass and Evangelization (Rebroadcast)

    In this podcast, Fr. Peter Armenio sheds light on the mystery of redemption and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  In the life of every saint—and here he draws upon personal encounters with John Paul II, Mother Teresa, and Alvaro del Portillo—there is an intimate connection with Christ and His Eucharistic sacrifice.  “My professional work,” says Fr. Peter, “even if I make my bed out of love, could have an infinite value when I allow it to be absorbed by Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross.”
    As you meditate with this podcast today, think of any concrete efforts you can make this week to join yourself more intimately with the Eucharistic sacrifice.  When you are at Mass, remember that your work and sufferings can have an infinite value when you unite them to Our Lord.  Allow yourself to say, along with St. Paul, “it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me” (Galatians 2:20).
    “Keep struggling, so that the Holy Sacrifice of the Altar really becomes the center and root of your interior life, and so your whole day will turn into an act of worship — an extension of the Mass you have attended and a preparation for the next. Your whole day will then be an act of worship that overflows in aspirations, visits to the Blessed Sacrament and the offering up of your professional work and your family life…” (The Forge, no. 69).

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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

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480 Ratings

rizkpa ,

4th Sunday of Advent

This was a wonderful talk on the virtue of Temperance. I especially liked the example that Fr used about using a smartphone intemperately without even realizing that one is attached to the smartphone. Thanks

annietarr ,

Fantastic Catholic Podcast for All

Wonderful production and content. Thank you!!

Nog200 ,

Great resource on the go

Awesome meditations, love specially the ones from Fr. Leo.

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