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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

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

“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

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

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