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Studies on St Josemaria and Opus Dei

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Theological and historical studies on St Josemaria and Opus Dei

M. Belda, J. Escudero, J. L. Illanes and P. O’Callaghan. Holiness and the World: Studies in the Teachings of Josemaria Escriva (tr. M. Adams), Princeton: Scepter; Dublin: Four Courts Press; Chicago: Midwest Theological Forum, 1997
Contains the acts of a conference held in Rome, Italy, October 12-14, 1993. Includes the texts of an address made to the congress by Pope John Paul II and a message from the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. Themes covered include the universal call to holiness; divine sonship; and the sanctification of ordinary work and life, as present in St Josemaria’s teachings.

Peter Bristow. Opus Dei, London: Catholic Truth Society, 2001.
Succinct, 78-page account of what Opus Dei is, how it began and how it works, its apostolate and message.

Ernest Caparros. The Juridical Mind of Saint Josemaria Escriva: A Brief History of the Canonical Path of Opus Dei, Montreal: Wilson & Lafleur / Chicago: Midwest Theological Forum, 2008.
In the mid-twentieth century the message of Opus Dei – holiness in the midst of the world – seemed to many people utopian, craziness, or even heresy. There was no canonical setting for an ecclesial institution that included both priests and lay people, men and women, married and single, spreading this specific message by their lives and work. The theological gap was immense, and the canonical one was even deeper. This was the foundational challenge faced by St Josemaria. The aim of this Notebook is to make a brief historical presentation of the canonical path taken by Saint Josemaria to lead the institution to its final juridical configuration: the personal Prelature established by John Paul II in 1982.

Jose Luis Illanes. On the Theology of Work: aspects of the teaching of the founder of Opus Dei, Dublin: Four Courts Press / New York: Scepter, 1982
A brief but penetrating study examining the teachings of St Josemaria on work in the light of the Second Vatican Council’s description of the mission of lay Christians. It includes a survey of Christian spirituality over the centuries.

Pedro Rodriguez, Fernando Ocariz and Jose Luis Illanes. Opus Dei in the Church: an ecclesiological study of the life and apostolate of Opus Dei, Dublin: Four Courts Press / Princeton: Scepter, 1994.
A theological study on the spirit and apostolic practice of Opus Dei. Its general thrust is ecclesiological – to elucidate Opus Dei’s place in the Church.

Dominique Le Tourneau. What Is Opus Dei? Dublin: The Mercier Press, 1987.
Le Tourneau, a priest and canon lawyer, offers a rigorous and well-documented source-book on how Opus Dei is organized, its aims, how people join it, what its members do, how it is financed, its role in society and the Church, its critics, and its status in Church law. The book includes an insightful description of its founder’s personality and life’s work.

Jean-Jacques Thierry. Opus Dei: a close-up (tr. G. Roberts), New York: Cortland Press, 1973.
An analytical survey of the reality of Opus Dei in the 1970s, focusing on its governance, goals, members, and the fruits of its apostolate in the world.