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St. Thomas More as Intercessor of Opus Dei

Andrew Hegarty

St. Thomas More appears to have been chosen as the fourth saintly Intercessor of Opus Dei in mid-1954. Means and influences (especially publications) by which St. Josemaría might have come to relatively precocious knowledge of, and appreciation for, the English martyr before that date. Tags: supernumerary, St Josemaria Historical Institute

St. Josemaría, a Teacher of Forgiveness (Part 2)

The Christian’s response, says St. Josemaría, should be “to drown evil in an abundance of good” and to open wide one’s arms to all humanity as did Jesus Christ the priest. In this second part of a study published in the journal Romana,we will consider some key ideas from the homily “Christian Respect for Persons and their Freedom” and the practice of forgiveness in contemporary society in striving to foster a culture of peace. Tags: Friendship, Charity, Justice, Freedom, Christ Is Passing By, Forgiveness

St. Josemaría, Teacher of Forgiveness (Part 1)

Jaime Cardenas del Carre

This study published in no. 52 of of the journal Romana, it focuses on some aspects of St. Josemaría’s teachings on forgiveness and their relevance in fostering a peaceful co-existence. Because of its length, it will be published in two parts. The founder of Opus Dei invites us to rediscover forgiveness and to learn how to love: to love God and, through him, our neighbor, also when we are offended. The words and example of St. Josemaría help us to go deeper into the beauty of forgiveness and to learn to exercise it. Tags: Humility, Freedom, Holiness, Love, family, Forgiveness, Josemaria Escriva

Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist

J. Gil

Ein Karem is a little village about six kilometers west of the Old City of Jerusalem, on the outskirts of present-day Jerusalem. According to ancient traditions it was here that Zachary and Elizabeth lived, and to this town that Mary came when, having received the angel’s annunciation, she “arose and went with haste to the hill country, to a city of Judah” (Lk 1:39). And, three months later, when “the time came for Elizabeth to be delivered” (Lk 1:57), it was here that John the Baptist was born. Tags: Faith, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

The use of Sacred Scripture in the writings of Saint Josemaria

Scott Hahn

By Scott Hahn. In a certain sense we can fully understand the accomplishments of St. Josemaría, or the graces he received, when we come to understand his use of the Scriptures. Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Passionately Loving the World, Contemplation, Gospel, Church, Vatican II, writings of the founder of Opus Dei, Sacred Scripture

Jerusalem: the Holy Sepulcher

J. Gil

There are many places in the Holy Land which preserve the record of our Lord’s life on earth and these places have been rightly venerated down through the centuries. However, none can compare with the Holy Sepulcher, the very place where the central event of our faith took place. As St Paul told the faithful at Corinth very early on, “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain” (I Cor 15:14). Tags: Faith, Jesus Christ, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

Jerusalem: The Via Dolorosa (2): Calvary

J. Gil

The Ninth Station of the Via Dolorosa left us very close to Calvary. So far we have been following Jesus as he carries his Cross, along the route traced out by tradition and popular Christian piety... Download pdf. Tags: Self-denial, Cross, Following Christ, The Way of the Cross, The Will of God, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

St Josemaria’s book The Way of the Cross – Foreword

Msgr. Alvaro del Portillo

“Enter into the wounds of Christ Crucified.” When Monsignor Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer proposed this way, to those who asked him for advice on how to deepen their interior life, he was doing no more than pass on his own experience, pointing out the short cut he had been using throughout his life, and which led him to the highest peaks of spiritual life. Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Contemplation, Jesus Christ, The Way of the Cross

February 14: Surprised and delighted. A new anniversary

Speaking about the paradoxes of the founding, saint Josemaría would say one day: “The foundation of Opus Dei happened without me; the women’s branch, against my personal opinion; and the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross, when I was seeking it but unable to find it.” Tags: February 14 , Founding of Opus Dei, Opus Dei, Priesthood, Priestly Society of the Holy Cross, Priestly soul, Women

With the Family at Nazareth

E. Gil

Several places in Nazareth preserve the memory of our Lord’s presence. The main one is the Basilica of the Annunciation. Other places connected with the Gospel are the Synagogue and the nearby Mount of the Precipice, which recall how some of Jesus’ fellow-townsmen rejected him after they heard him preaching. There is also Mary’s Well, where according to some traditions, Mary went to draw water; the Tomb of the Just Man, where the holy Patriarch St Joseph is traditionally held to have been buried; and the Church of St Joseph, built over the remains of a house that centuries-old popular piety has identified with the house of the Holy Family. Tags: Faith, History, Holy Family, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith