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Favours obtained through Saint Josemaria's intercession

A simple, clear, powerful petition

J.M.L., Venezuela

July 5, 2016

Tags: favours of the founder of Opus Dei
There is a humble woman living in a small, picturesque village in the Andes in Venezuela, who, like so many women in those parts, has a little altar in her house with pictures of the saints to whom she has a devotion, including Saint Josemaria. Although she has never learned to read she knows the novena prayer by heart because she has had it read to her so often.
The examples of virtues in Saint Josemaria’s life and teachings help her in her Christian living, especially in her love and charity towards the poorest of the poor, as well as the prayer that she offers to God for the health and wellbeing of the sick and the conversion of sinners, as she was taught.
She had eleven children, though only eight lived to grow up. Every day she would say the rosary with her seventh son, and at the end she would add, “Saint Josemaria, pray for us.” Then, taking him by the hand, she led him to her little altar and there said the prayer to Saint Josemaria. When she arrived at “here make your request”, she pointed to her son and begged the saint: “This one, the same as you.” And Saint Josemaria granted that good mother her petition.
That is the story of the vocation – in which he has no doubt that Saint Josemaria is involved – of the son of that humble woman, as he told it to us in all simplicity during an after-dinner conversation in the residence where we live. It is the story of a mother’s simple, clear, powerful petition, which Saint Josemaria could not refuse because she always had confidence in his holy intercession.

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