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Inaugural message at the Opening Ceremony of the symposium “Holiness and the World”

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

There is something which one immediately notices when one comes in contact with the life of Monsignor Escrivá de Balaguer and his writings – a very vivid sense of the presence of Christ. Tags: Passionately Loving the World, Citizenship, Pope, Holiness

Women in Opus Dei

Michelle Matouk

Saint Josemaría Escriva, upon realising that God willed all people to seek holiness, founded Opus Dei as a way to provide spiritual support and doctrinal formation to the laity in order to achieve sanctity through one’s ordinary work and daily routine. Tags: Beauty, Education, Family and work, Faith, Generosity, Marriage

The Youthful Spirit of a Saint

Maria Casal

Saint Josemaria’s youthful spirit was shown, for instance, in the natural way he behaved and treated people. During the twenty-five years when I had the great good fortune of witnessing his life, and often had the opportunity to talk and listen to him. Tags: Joy, Love of God, Generosity, Youth, Optimism, Vocation

Holy Mass, Center and Root of Christian Life

Angel García Ibáñez

“I have always taught you, my beloved daughters and sons, that the root and the center of your spiritual life is the Holy Sacrifice of the Altar.” Saint Josemaría Escrivá’s words and writings constantly pointed to the Eucharist as the center and root of Christian life. Tags: Eucharist, Jesus Christ, Presence of God, Priesthood, Blessed Trinity

Education which is Open to Society

Mary Kibera

I would like to consider the influence that saint Josemaría Escrivá has had in my life as an educator in Kenya. Tags: Citizenship, Education, Children, Opus Dei

Saint Josemaría and God’s approach to man’s freedom

Carlos Soria

In Saint Josemaría’s thinking and life, freedom was a revolution – an attractive and radical one. It was not only directed at his contemporaries but intended for the men and women of all times. Tags: Freedom, Responsibility

The Experience of Suffering

Paola Binetti

Saint Josemaría Escrivá’s experience of suffering in his own family was a very practical way of attaining the maturity that others reach only after many years. Tags: Charity, Suffering, Sickness

Saint Josemaría and the gift of tongues

Ramon Herrando

Saint Josemaría knew that he was an instrument in God’s hands. All the human resources he had at that point were his work as a priest, his youth, and his cheerfulness. But he was already thinking about reaching the ends of the earth. It is not surprising, therefore, that his life was a continual catechesis: sometimes in speech and sometimes in writing. Tags: Apostolate

Saint Josemaría Escrivá, teacher of prayer in ordinary life

Msgr. Javier Echevarría

Saint Josemaría Escrivá has a place among the masters of spirituality in the history of the Church, for several reasons. Above all, because he is a saint for our times (he was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002), who spread the universal call to holiness, in a specific way, to thousands and thousands of Christians. Tags: Contemplation, Javier Echevarria, Prayer, Ordinary life

Declarations on the Upcoming Canonization


- Card. Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna (Vienna Cathedral, January 9, 2002) “God has given man the power to shape reality. Blessed Josemaria took this fundamental message to task: work, understood not only as a means of self-fulfillment, but also of sanctity”. - [...] Tags: Canonization, Church, Holiness