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Josemaria Escriva’s love for the virtue of poverty

Jaime Cardinal Sin

Msgr. Escriva suffered some of the most extreme forms of material need. There were times when he could only have one meal a day, and sometimes he was obliged to sleep on the kitchen floor because there was no room anywhere else in the places where the first members of Opus Dei were living. Tags: Justice, Poverty, Solidarity

A book review "The Founder of Opus Dei. The Life of Josemaría Escrivá" by Andrés Vázquez de Prada

John F. Coverdale

A book review by John F. Coverdale published in "Studia et documenta". Rivista dell’Istituto Storico San Josemaría Escrivá n. 1 (2007). Tags: October 2, 1928, Founding of Opus Dei, books, Opus Dei

Time for the poor

Pablo Cabellos

These lines are not written in praise of hunger, hardship or any kind of human want. They are intended to be in praise of using wealth rightly, temperance, generosity and detachment. We are entering on a period of difficulty, economically speaking, and perhaps this means [...] Tags: Charity, Justice, Pope, Poverty

Suffering, a divine subject of study

Gonzalo Herranz

St Josemaria underwent several serious illnesses in the course of his life, and so he was able to speak of pain and suffering out of his personal experience, to encourage and console the afflicted, and help them to take a positive view of sickness and death. M. A. Monge’s book “ San Josemaria y los enfermos” (‘St Josemaria and the Sick’), is a collection of testimonies by medics who knew St Josemaria, and recall his great love for the sick and for those who treated and cared for them. Tags: Suffering, Sickness

The Early Days of Opus Dei in Boston as Recalled by the First Generation (1946-1956)

John Arthur Gueguen

This is a documentary account of the first trips members of Opus Dei made to Boston and Cambridge, Mass. (U.S.) and the subsequent development of the apostolate there, primarily among students and professors at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It covers the period between 1946 and 1956. Tags: Passionately Loving the World, Citizenship, Youth, Optimism, Opus Dei, University

Friends for 43 years

Msgr Pedro Altabella

Msgr Pedro Altabella first met St Josemaria in Saragossa, Spain, in the early 1920s. In the following article he recalls some aspects of the enduring friendship between them. “I would like to be able to evoke at least some facet of the rich, priestly character of the founder of Opus Dei,” he once said. “I think the fact of having been in frequent contact with him over the space of 43 years authorizes me to attempt this.” Tags: Friendship, Prayer, Priesthood

Christopher Columbus and Escriva

Peter Berglar

Josemaria and his first followers remind me of the conquistadors.They were young; they were enthusiastic, fresh, tireless, and enamored of spiritual adventure. Eager for a voyage of discovery, they gathered around a leader they called simply "the Father". Tags: Jesus Christ, Early Christians, Holiness, Josemaria Escriva

The birthday of "alternative" feminism?

Anne-Marie Walker

St Valentine’s Day is an important day for most people but this year it is especially important. Why? Is it going to be particularly chocolate-filled? Will there be a mountain of roses? No. It will be the 80th anniversary of the start of the women’s section in Opus Dei and as a woman in Opus Dei that’s really important to me. Tags: Pope John Paul II, Opus Dei, Vatican II, Women

Why Opus Dei makes me a better mum

Rosemary Keenan

What sets Opus Dei apart from the fickleness of the world is the ‘unity of life’ that members try to lead. “This is the real you, the person you are behind closed doors,” I often say to my children, “not the public image you portray when you’re outside with your friends.” Tags: Unity of life, family, Women

A Way Through the World

John Wauck

An anthology of texts taken from the writings of St. Josemaria Escrivá. It includes extracts from his books, interviews, letters and diaries, in Italian. The texts were selected and introduced by Fr. John Wauck. The following is an English version of the introduction, in which Fr. Wauck discusses St Josemaria’s personality and the context in which Opus Dei first saw the light. Tags: Passionately Loving the World, culture, History, books, Opus Dei