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Embraced in Her Suffering: A Reflection on Our Lady of Lourdes

St. Josemaria Institute

On February 11, we celebrate our Lady’s apparitions at Lourdes, especially under the title of the Immaculate Conception. Her apparitions and numerous miraculous healings at Lourdes show us not only the exceptional value that suffering has in God’s eyes, but also how our own eyes need to be cleansed in order to see its value — both in ourselves and in others. Tags: Joy, Suffering, Sickness, Generosity, Our Lady, St Josemaria Institute

Archbishop Oscar Romero: Letter to the Pope on Escriva's death

Archbishop Oscar Romero

A letter written to the Pope by El Salvadorean Bishop Oscar Romero on July 12, 1975, requesting the opening of a cause for St Josemaria’s canonization. Bishop Romero was killed while celebrating Holy Mass in 1980. Tags: Canonization, Pope John Paul II, Holiness

How did St Josemaria imagine St Joseph?

The Seven Sundays of Saint Joseph

The Seven Sundays of St. Joseph is a devotion to the patron of the universal Church. On the seven Sundays preceding his feast, March 19, the faithful have traditionally contemplated seven sorrows and joys in his life. Illustrated leaflet downloadable in pdf. Tags: St Joseph, Josemaria Escriva

Mount Tabor: Basilica of the Transfiguration

J. Gil

From the earliest times the fertile Esdraelon plain in Galilee has been criss-crossed by paths and caravan trails. Travellers coming down from Mesopotamia and Syria, after following the shoreline of Lake Gennesareth. Those coming from the south, from Mount Hebron, following the route from Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Samaria, travelled northwards, passing close to Nazareth. The solitary peak of Mount Tabor towers over the plain. Tags: Faith, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

The history of the Christmas Crib

From the beginning of December, many churches and Christian family homes put up a crèche or crib representing the birth of Jesus. Some shops and businesses do the same; it is a long-standing tradition that has become part of the culture of many different countries. Tags: Contemplation, Christmas

How did St Josemaria celebrate Christmas?

Christmas is a very special time. We share some memories of St. Josemaria and his love for the Christ Child and the Holy Family, and how he took care of the people who lived with him. Tags: Joy, Faith, Spiritual childhood, Piety, family, Christmas, Christmas carol, 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

St Josemaría’s writings serve as an inspiration for theology

Fernando Ocáriz

"What impetus can theology receive from the teachings of Saint Josemaría", is the title of the address given by Mgr. Fernado Ocariz on November 2013, during the conference “Saint Josemaria and Theological Thought” held at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.
These are some except of the address published in no. 57 of the journal Romana. Tags: Love of God, Gospel, Faith, Church, Holiness, Unity of life, Interior life, Ordinary life, God, Josemaria Escriva, writings of the founder of Opus Dei

Pope Paul VI offered Mass for St Josemaria’s soul

Pablo VI

On June 27, 1975, Pope Paul VI offered the holy Mass for the soul of Msgr. Josemaria Escriva, “such a faithful son”, whose death represented a great loss for the Church. Tags: Pope, Pope Paul VI

“I don’t want to go to Purgatory!”

Pilar Urbano

Sofia Varvaro, a young Italian of the Work, had been diagnosed as having cancer, and the doctors thought she had only a few months to live. Monsignor Escriva said he wanted to go and see her immediately. He started talking to Sofia before he had even entered her room. “Sofia, figlia mia! My daughter!” Tags: Charity, Heaven, Sickness, Optimism

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