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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

Blessed be Suffering

Behind this phrase, from one of the points in The Way, lies a long story that was deeply engraved on St Josemaria's soul, one which he often referred to in the course of his life. Tags: Cross, Suffering, sick

Novena to the Immaculate Conception

The Novena to the Immaculate Conception, is a custom that has crystallized in the Church as a preparation for the great solemnity of December 8th. As St. Josemaría taught us, each of us should live this custom in the way that he or she considers most appropriate. Tags: Our Lady, novena, Josemaria Escriva

Forever in thanksgiving

Celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving Day has been an annual holiday in the US since 1863. It is also a time for many people to give thanks for what they have. But Thanksgiving is overall a part of Christian life, as we realize how much God has done for us and for others. St Josemaria developed gratitude as a virtue throughout his life, as those who lived with him recall. Tags: Abandonment to God, Gratitude, Alvaro del Portillo, Javier Echevarria, Opus Dei

Love, time, and everything

Doris Cerna moved to the US from Peru with her husband and two small boys in 1991. In Peru, she had been a member of a professional dance group for ten years. She had a friend who loved Peruvian Folk dancing and asked if she would come and perform at a center of Opus Dei in Peru. Doris did, and that was the first time she set foot in a center of Opus Dei. Tags: Education, family, US

The same cooking-pot

Maria Marta and Laureano Mones-Cazon

Maria Marta studied tourism and then decided to dedicate herself full-time to looking after her family. She is now working in a school. This year Pablo, one of her sons, was ordained a priest. She and he both have the same goal: to become saints. In this interview, mother and son answer the same questions about their ideal and how they follow it hand-in-hand with St Josemaria. Tags: Opus Dei, Priesthood, Holiness, Vocation, Argentina

To fight for love

Msgr Jaime Fuentes

Bishop Jaime Fuentes, who lived in the same house as St Josemaria Escriva, has written a book about his memories of St Josemaria: in the life of someone who aspires to holiness, the tiniest fact can indeed be sacred. That conviction led him to publish Luchar por amor (“To Fight for Love”), a short book of memoirs: “I lived and worked with the founder of Opus Dei for ten years, from 1964 to 1974 (...). Time has gone by, and very minor memories have become a real treasure.” Tags: Love of God, Ascetical struggle, Holiness, Josemaria Escriva

Magnanimity, faith, and “madness”

For nine centuries Torreciudad has been a meeting-point for devotion to the Virgin Mary. St. Josemaria joined in with this story: his love for our Blessed Lady led him to initiate the building of a shrine. At the time, carrying out this project seemed like madness. Tags: Opus Dei, Our Lady, Torreciudad, Josemaria Escriva

For a “today” that builds tomorrow

We soon found out that the best option was to start with a secretarial school, so I went to speak with the principal of the best secretarial school in Nairobi (for Europeans). When she learned that we were thinking of admitting African girls she couldn´t believe it. “What?” she exclaimed,“they don´t know English! I went away feeling a bit deflated, but knowing that we would go ahead... Tags: Kenya

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