What was Father Josemaria Escriva’s reaction to the attempted military coup of July 18, 1936?

Like most people in Spain, Father Josemaria knew nothing about the military conspiracy against the Republican Government which culminated in the attempted coup on July 18, 1936. The rebellion took him by surprise, and he immediately had to go into hiding as his life was in danger in Madrid. Tags: Spanish Civil War, History, Freedom, Opus Dei, Politics, Franco

Carmen Escrivá

Msgr. Alvaro del Portillo

Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, who knew St Josemaria’s mother and sister very well, spoke in the book Immersed in God about what both of them meant for the founding and development of Opus Dei. “The availability of our Founder’s mother and sister proved of incalculable value to Opus Dei.” Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, The Escriva family, Opus Dei, Administration, Carmen Escrivá

A faithful man

Msgr. Javier Echevarria

Alvaro del Portillo, St Josemaría’s first successor at the head of Opus Dei, was born March 11, 1914. A “good and faithful servant” – words of Jesus Christ in the Gospel, that Pope John Paul II applied to Bishop Alvaro del Portillo. Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Faith, Faithfulness, Javier Echevarria

Homily given by the Prelate of Opus Dei for the feast-day of St Josemaria Escriva, 2012

Bishop Javier Echevarria

The invitation to work, to complement the work of creation, is the primordial vocation of every woman and every man. Rightly, then, did St Josemaria say that any honest work is “an indispensable means which God has entrusted to us here on this earth. It is meant to fill out our days and make us sharers in God’s creative power. It enables us to earn our living and, at the same time, to reap ‘the fruits of eternal life’” Tags: Javier Echevarria, Work, June 26, Year of Faith


Carmen Escriva, affectionately known to people in Opus Dei as “Aunt Carmen”, who had helped her brother unconditionally right from the start, died in Rome on June 20, 1957. The Founder of Opus Dei said, “The tears were over the very moment she died: I am happy now, my sons, and grateful to Our Lord who has taken her to Heaven, looking forward to it very much." Tags: The Escriva family, Carmen Escrivá

Pray that I become a soul of prayer

On June 14 2012 Bishop Javier Echevarria celebrates his 80th birthday. He first met St Josemaria when he was 16, on November 2, 1948. On the eve of that date, recalling the Opus Dei founder recently, asks the faithful and cooperators of Opus Dei: I ask you to pray for me: how I need it! Tags: Joy, Contrition, Javier Echevarria, Prayer

What do saints work at from Heaven?

Joaquín Alonso

“When saints reach heaven, ‘they constantly care for those whom they have left on earth.’ They make use of favors big and small, to put through a call from God to people’s souls. The finding of a lost contact lens or suitcase leads to an unexpected encounter with Jesus Christ. I think that basically this is what St Josemaria is working at from heaven.” Tags: Holiness, June 26, favours of the founder of Opus Dei

Booklist about marriage and the family

A list of books on marriage and the family from the Christian perspective. Enormously helpful resources for married people, those preparing for marriage, and anyone involved in guidance and counselling. Tags: books, Marriage, family

10 questions for Bishop Javier Echevarria about St Josemaria

Bishop Javier Echevarria

Did St Josemaria ever get tired of serving God? How did he react to his failures? And to difficulties? What was his secret for staying faithful and in love with God? These and other questions are answered by Bishop Javier Echevarria, prelate of Opus Dei, who lived and worked with St Josemaria for over 20 years. Tags: Ascetical struggle, Opus Dei prelate, Holiness

Dora del Hoyo and St Josemaria

In January 1944, Moncloa students’ residence, Madrid, Spain, was in difficulties. With 100 students to cater for, the cooking, housekeeping and laundry services were not working. Those in charge were inexperienced and the staff were untrained. Everything was going wrong. “I’m leaving tomorrow,” said Dora when she arrived and saw the situation. What was the connection between Dora and St Josemaria? The following article describes Dora’s first contact with Opus Dei in 1944. Tags: calling, Administration, assistant numerary, Dora del Hoyo


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