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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

Consecrating Opus Dei to the Holy Spirit

Andrés Vázquez de Prada

In 1971, St Josemaria decided to consecrate Opus Dei to the Holy Spirit, thinking of how much the Church needed all her members to be holy. He himself composed the prayer of consecration, which is renewed in all Opus Dei centers every year. Tags: Holy Spirit, Church, Prayer, locution, Consecrations of Opus Dei

Metro Achievement Center: A Legacy of St. Josemaría

M. Sharon Hefferan

Guided by St. Josemaría Escrivá’s passion for social development and the education of youth, the Metro Achievement Center opened its doors twenty-five years ago in the heart of Chicago’s inner city. Metro is one example among many social initiatives inspired by Opus Dei throughout the world. Tags: Education, Youth, Solidarity, Society, US, Metro

Sonsoles, May 1935: Why the pilgrimage?

The shrine of Sonsoles in Avila, Spain, was the setting for an event in the history of St Josemaria and Opus Dei, the “May pilgrimage”. How did this custom first take root in Opus Dei? A study published in Studia et Documenta Tags: Our Lady

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

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