“There is something which one immediately notices when one comes in contact with the life of Monsignor Escrivá and his writings—a very vivid sense of the presence of Christ.”—Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
On Retreat with St. Josemaría Escrivá is a collection of excerpts from the writings of St. Josemaría organized in thematic chapters to aid in prayer and reflection during a retreat. These selections highlight several of the unique aspects of the retreats preached by St. Josemaría: his emphasis on finding God in ordinary life, reflections on the hidden life of Christ, unity of life, human virtues, and others.
This brief work follows a similar program to the one St. Josemaría would have used on the many occasions he preached. The central theme was that of following Christ. He encouraged each person to have a personal and unrepeatable encounter with Him, following these distinct steps: “May you seek Christ: May you find Christ: May you love Christ. They are three perfectly clear stages. Have you tried, at least, to live the first?”