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Was the Escriva family well off or short of money?

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Maria de los Dolores Albas and Jose Escriva in 1900
Maria de los Dolores Albas and Jose Escriva in 1900
Both, at different times. Josemaria Escriva was born in 1902 into a comfortably-off middle-class family. His father co-owned a textile business called “Juncosa y Escriva”. However, when Josemaria was ten the family business ran into difficulties and money became tight, and when the business finally failed in 1915, the situation became acute. His father moved the family to a nearby town and got a job as a sales assistant. From then on, money problems succeeded each other, especially after his father’s sudden death at a relatively early age in 1924. This left Josemaria, who was studying for the priesthood, as head of the family, responsible for the support of his mother Dolores, his elder sister Carmen and his 5-year-old brother Santiago. The experience of poverty, and the serene, determined way his parents faced up to it, was enormously beneficial to Josemaria’s spiritual development.
See further: Andres Vazquez de Prada, The Founder of Opus Dei, vol. 1, chapter 1.