100th anniversary of St Josemaria’s First Holy Communion

Bishop Javier Echevarría

April 23, 2012, will be 100 years since St Josemaria made his First Holy Communion. In a letter dated April 1 the Prelate of Opus Dei recommends that we enter more deeply into some aspect of St Josemaria's Eucharistic devotion, and so "improve in how we approach Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament." Tags: Eucharist, Holy Communion

Translating The Man of Villa Tevere

Translating The Man of Villa Tevere, a biography of St Josemaria Escriva, presented challenges and brought its own rewards. An interview with Helena Scott, the translator. Tags: books, UK

Wife, Mother of Four and Business Owner

Maribeth Burger, 42-year-old, physical therapist, wife and mother of four. Tags: Family and work, US

He had Cuba in his soul

"I'd just like to say that you, being Cuban, with your friends, are the fruit of St Josemaria's prayer." Bishop Javier Echevarria's response to a girl from La Habana, who asked him a question during the WYD in Madrid. Tags: Art, Cuba

Fraternal correction, a help along the path to holiness

Juan Alonso

Fraternal correction is an admonishment given by a Christian to his or her neighbor that helps us to know our defects, since otherwise these may often be hidden from us by our own limitations, or disguised by our self-love. Benedict XVI recalled the importance of this act during Lent. Tags: Charity, defects, Sincerity

"Hide and disappear": the Biblical basis

José María Casciaro

St Josemaria cultivated the attitude of hiding and disappearing till it became second nature to him. He saw that Opus Dei is “God’s” and needed to be accepted as such by the people he spoke to about it. Where did he learn this way of life? This is the subject of a study by the late Fr Jose Maria Casciaro. Tags: The Way, Gospel, Humility, Jesus Christ

“A Home from Home” in the UK

James Pereiro

St Josemaría Escrivá personally encouraged the setting up of Netherhall House in the 1950s as a residence for students from all over the world. He spent several summers in Britain between 1958 and 1962, and considered London a "crossroads of the world" where different cultures could enrich one another and work together for building a better society. Read here the article "Netherhall House, London (1960-1984): The Commonwealth dimension". Tags: Youth, Opus Dei, UK

10 Questions about the St. Josemaria Institute

The St. Josemaria Institute was founded in the United States in 2006 to help people discover and explore the life and teachings of St. Josemaria, the “patron saint of ordinary life”, who has become a spiritual guide for thousands of people around the world. Elia Rivera began working as Director of the St Josemaria Institute (www.stjosemaria.org) in February 2011. Here she answers questions about the Institute’s work and aims. Tags: Opus Dei, US, Josemaria Escriva

The riches of the Faith

An article by St Josemaria Escriva published in ABC, a Madrid daily, on November 2, 1969. In this article the Opus Dei founder spoke of love for freedom as one of the treasures of the Christian faith. Tags: Freedom, Madrid

January 9, 1902 - Josemaría Escriva's arrival into the world

Describing his arrival into the world, he says, "God our Lord was preparing things so that my life would be normal and everyday, nothing extraordinary. He had me born in a Christian home, as was typical in my country, of exemplary parents who practiced and lived their faith." Tags: Barbastro, The Escriva family


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