Was the Escriva family well off or short of money?
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.
Maria de los Dolores Albas and Jose Escriva in 1900
See further: Andres Vazquez de Prada, The Founder of Opus Dei, vol. 1, chapter 1.
List of Contents
- What was Father Josemaria Escriva’s reaction to the attempted military coup of July 18, 1936?
- Historical Notes Introduction
- Was the Escriva family well off or short of money?
- What sort of childhood did Josemaria Escriva have?
- Why did Josemaria’s father’s business fail?
- If Opus Dei had no members till the 1930s, why did Josemaria Escriva say it was founded in 1928?
- What difficulties did Opus Dei meet with at the start?
- What kind of people did Father Josemaria Escriva work with in Opus Dei’s early years?
- What was Father Josemaria Escriva’s attitude towards the Second Spanish Republic?
- Where did the first Opus Dei members stand politically?