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The right kind of anti-clericalism

Giuseppe Rusconi

Interview with Msgr Fernando Ocariz, Vicar General of Opus Dei, on Christians and politics as seen by Founder of Opus Dei. Msgr Ocariz outline the scope of Saint Josemaria’s words on the relationship between Opus Dei, the Church, and the world of politics, clarifying what Saint Josemaria meant by the “right kind of anticlericalism”. Tags: Passionately Loving the World, Citizenship, culture, Naturalness, Responsibility, Holiness, Vatican II, Ordinary life

Holiness is for all

Msgr. Kevin Manning

Msgr. Kevin Manning, Bishop of the Diocesis of Parramatta (Australia) has published an article about the canonization of Josemaria Escriva in the monthly newspaper Catholic Outlook. He relates the canonization to the 40th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. The Council underlined the universal call to holiness, a central message of the Founder of Opus Dei. Tags: Canonization, Jesus Christ, Holiness, Ordinary life

A spiritual guide for our times

Tatjana Goristchewa

“This man is so cheerful that he can’t be an atheist,” Dostoyevsky said once. And Josemaría Escrivá repeated, like a constant refrain, his call to the joy and happiness that comes of being God’s children. Tags: Ecumenical dialogue, Gospel

St. Josemaria Escriva: A theology of work

E.C. Dioko

St. Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei. Whenever this writer mentioned the name of this modern-day saint to his friends their usual reaction was: “Who is he?” I would then explain the saint’s theology of work which is the centerpiece of his teaching. Tags: Faith, Work, Virtues

Teaching the Faith in the Family: Some guidelines from Saint Josemaria Escriva

Michele Dolz

Parents have the primary responsibility for the education of their own children. This is a recurrent teaching in the Church’s magisterium. The following are some excerpts from a study by Michele Dolz published in n. 32 of the journal Romana, about bringing up children in the Faith. Tags: Education, Children, Marriage

A Book of Fire

Msgr. Javier Echevarría

Before me, as I write, sits an old book that the author of The Way gave as a present to a young architect named Ricardo Fernández Vallespín in 1933. On the title page, one can make out, in St. Josemaría’s unmistakable handwriting, a simple three-line dedication, which later became the inspiration for one of the points in The Way: Tags: The Way, Javier Echevarria, Supernatural outlook

A Surprising and Unusual Book

Pedro Rodríguez

The Way, one of the twentieth century's best known spiritual works, had a great impact on me personally and has been part of my life since the day it first came into my hands. Later, I studied it in depth and I have written about its history, spirituality and theology. It is a surprising and unusual book. Tags: books

Opus Dei Prelature

Bishop Javier Echevarria

The following are some words by the present Prelate of Opus Dei, Bishop Javier Echevarría, on the significance of the establishment of Opus Dei as a personal prelature of the Catholic Church. Tags: Church, Javier Echevarria, Opus Dei prelature, Vatican II

A deeply human book

John F. Coverdale

In late 1932, the founder of Opus Dei, a young Spanish priest named Josemaría Escrivá, ran off on a primitive mimeograph machine a 15-page pamphlet entitled Spiritual Considerations, which he distributed among people to whom he was giving spiritual advice. Tags: Passionately Loving the World, books

Words from the New Testament, meditated on by the Founder of Opus Dei

Francisco Varo

The first issue of Studia et Documenta, the journal of the Istituto Storico San Josemaria Escriva in Rome, contains a study by Professor Francisco Varo of eight small pages written by St Josemaría, headed “Words from the New Testament meditated on frequently – June 1933”. This [...] Tags: Gospel, Jesus Christ, Prayer