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The Teachings of Josemaría Escrivá in an African Context

Margaret Ogola

There are many things which move me deeply in the teachings of Saint Josemaría Escrivá, but perhaps the one that has had the greatest impact on my life, my outlook, my hopes, is the concept that every baptized person is expected to take full responsibility for the attainment of full Christian and social maturity. Tags: Joy, Family and work

Saint Josemaría and the Jubilee years

Msgr. Javier Echevarría

Four Jubilee years fell within St Josemaria’s lifetime. Bishop Javier Echevarria witnessed his approach to the last two, and saw how he passed on his own devotion to those around him. “He asked me to pray with a lot of faith, especially in St. Peter’s, for the holiness of all who form part of the Church and for an increase in conversions everywhere. He told me to be very united to the Pope.” Tags: Joy, Hope, Holiness

The Paradise of those in Love

Marta Brancatisano

Marta Brancatisano, writer, develops a few ideas of Saint Josemaria about marriage and love of God in "The paradise of those in love," an article published in L’Osservatore Romano. "The teachings of Josemaria Escriva - explains - are an invitation to rediscover love in its entireness, as a complete and vital human experience that involves the entire person." Tags: Love of God, Marriage, Vocation

Africa, its people and the message of Josemaria Escrivá

Lydia Waithera

The goal which I propose to you – better still the goal that God sets for you - is holiness. This message of saint Josemaria came to Africa almost 50 years ago. The following article highlights the reception of saint Josemaria’s message as something personal, like the voice of a close friend that illuminates the most ordinary things in life. Tags: Passionately Loving the World, Responsibility, Holiness, Solidarity

Escrivá was a "modern master in the spirituality of work"

Card. Christoph Schönborn

We can humanize work when we bring God into it, because that gives our life its meaning. Cardinal Schonborn’s article proposes a “human ecology of work”, for which there have always been teachers in the life of the Church. St Josemaria was one of them. Tags: Formation, Church, books

Seeking God through ordinary work

Card. Albino Luciani (John Paul I)

John Paul I was elected Pope on August 26, 1978 and instantly gained everyone’s affection. Since his unexpected death on September 28, having been Pope for just thirty-three days, he has always been remembered as “the smiling Pope”. A few months before his election he wrote an article for Il Gazettino di Venezia analyzing some aspects of St Josemaria’s teachings. Tags: Passionately Loving the World, Work, Unity of life, Ordinary life, Pope John Paul I

The Father’s Shadow

Flavio Capucci

Only hours after his return from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, God called Bishop Álvaro del Portillo, Prelate of Opus Dei and first successor to its Founder, Saint Josemaría Escrivá, into his presence. A few days later Mgr Flavio Capucci recalled a brief, simple but eloquent confidence which Bishop del Portillo had made to him one day on going to see him in his office at the General Postulation. Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Obedience, Optimism, Opus Dei prelate

"Light, Salt, and Leaven": Lay people's role in the Church's mission

Msgr. Alvaro del Portillo

The early Christians, who had lived with Jesus and the Apostles or belonged to the next generation, were very conscious that their mission was to fill everything that they did with faith. In Tertullian’s words, “What the soul is in the body, that the Christians are in the world.” St Josemaria, as Bishop Alvaro del Portillo says in this article, reminded people tirelessly that “Each and every one therefore must actively work to pass on to all men and women the gospel Jesus preached.” Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Apostolate, Citizenship, Presence of God, Early Christians, Work, Unity of life

Josemaría Escrivá's Cristocentrism

Msgr. George Pell

Cardinal George Pell explains how every aspect of St Josemaria’s teaching, like his life, was centred on Jesus Christ. Tags: Love of God, Gospel, Grace, Jesus Christ, Opus Dei, Unity of life

Loving the world in God and for God

Msgr. Javier Echevarría

Bishop Javier Echevarria’s contribution to a symposium on the history of the Church in Spain and Latin America, held in Seville, Spain, 2002 and entitled “Wtinesses of the 20th century, teachers of the 21st”. Bishop Echevarria, prelate of Opus Dei, said that the seed that God planted in history through the preaching and example of saint Josemaría was “Loving the world. Loving it passionately. Loving it in God and for God.” Tags: Passionately Loving the World, Love of God, God’s glory, Javier Echevarria, Opus Dei prelate