Josemaria Escriva. Founder of Opus Dei - Documentation Complete documentation on St Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer and Opus Dei. Articles, studies, bibliography. All the documents and declarations of the Catholic Church and the Popes about the Founder of Opus Dei. <![CDATA[The Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven]]> We know very few details our Lady’s last years on earth. Between the Ascension and Pentecost, Sacred Scripture tells us that she was in the Upper Room or Cenacle (cf. Acts 1: 13-14). Afterwards, she would probably have stayed with St John, to whose filial care she had been entrusted. Scripture does not tell us when or where her Assumption took place. Some very ancient sources say it was in Jerusalem; others, more recent, in Ephesus.]]> <![CDATA[Mount Carmel and the Stella Maris Church]]> On the Mediterranean coast stands Mount Carmel, which evokes Elijah and Elisha, two great Old Testament prophets; and also the Carmelite Order, with its widespread tradition of the Carmelite scapular.]]> <![CDATA[St Josemaria Escriva in Argentina]]> On June 7, 1974, the founder of Opus Dei, Msgr Josemaria Escriva, arrived in Argentina, wishing to carry out an intense catechetical apostolate. During his stay in Argentina he had many encounters with people in Opus Dei, families and friends. In these gatherings he talked about the great themes that move the world: God and men, life and death, suffering and joy, love and the fight against sin.]]> <![CDATA[Our Lady of Guadalupe]]> St Josemaria's first trip to Latin America in May 1970. Guadalupe is not only a shrine visited by nearly thirty million people every year; it embodies the faith of the whole country in union with their Virgen Morena, the brown-skinned Virgin. ]]> <![CDATA[The Pantheon and Santa Maria Sopra Minerva]]> St Catherine of Siena, whose feast day is April 29, lived in Rome at the end of her life, in a difficult time for the Church. She had the habit of praying before the memorials of Apostles and Martyrs. Her mortal remains are now venerated in the Church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, close to the Pantheon, now the Basilica of St Mary and the Martyrs. St Josemaria learnt a lot from St Catherine's love for the Pope and for the early confessors of the Faith.]]> <![CDATA[Saint Josemaria and Our Lady of Montserrat]]> St Josemaria had a lot of devotion to Our Lady of Montserrat. Records exist of frequent visits made by him to the shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat in Barcelona, Spain, during the 1940s, especially towards the end of 1946, the year when he moved to Rome. Despite the move, his love for the Blessed Virgin Mary under this advocation continued throughout his life. And it was on the feast of Our Lady of Montserrat, 27 April 1954, that he was cured of diabetes, after a very severe attack which brought him to the point of death.]]> <![CDATA[Saint Josemaria's first Holy Communion]]> Saint Josemaria made his First Communion on April 23,1912, exactly ten years after his Confirmation. It was the feast of Saint George, patron saint of Aragon and Catalonia, and the traditional day for the First Communion ceremonies in the church of the Piarists’ school.]]> <![CDATA[Forgiving – and asking for forgiveness]]> In The Way St Josemaria wrote “Force yourself, if necessary, always to forgive those who offend you, from the very first moment. For the greatest injury or offence that you can suffer from them is as nothing compared with what God has pardoned you” (no. 452). This article gives some examples of how St Josemaria practised forgiveness himself and said sorry, asking forgiveness of others."]]> <![CDATA[The Eucharist, mystery of faith and love ]]> Download "The Eucharist, mystery of faith and love", the homily given by St Josemaria Escriva for Holy Thursday from the book Christ is Passing By in pdf format.]]> <![CDATA[Christ's death is the Christian's life]]> Download "Christ's death is the Christian's life", the homily given by St Josemaria Escriva for Good Friday from the book Christ is Passing By in pdf format.]]>