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With the Family at Nazareth

E. Gil

Several places in Nazareth preserve the memory of our Lord’s presence. The main one is the Basilica of the Annunciation. Other places connected with the Gospel are the Synagogue and the nearby Mount of the Precipice, which recall how some of Jesus’ fellow-townsmen rejected him after they heard him preaching. There is also Mary’s Well, where according to some traditions, Mary went to draw water; the Tomb of the Just Man, where the holy Patriarch St Joseph is traditionally held to have been buried; and the Church of St Joseph, built over the remains of a house that centuries-old popular piety has identified with the house of the Holy Family. Tags: Faith, History, Holy Family, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

Consecration to the Holy Family

Andres Vazquez de Prada

“Now I would like to tell you the details about the consecration I made of the Work and the families of its members to the Holy Family. I could only turn to heaven when faced with the diabolical schemes of certain unscrupulous individuals. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph saw to it that the storm clouds passed.” St Josemaria described how this consecration originated in 1951. Tags: Holy Family, Vocation, family, Josemaria Escriva, Consecrations of Opus Dei

Father Josemaría’s Baby Jesus

Among the treasures of the Royal Monastery of Saint Elizabeth in Madrid is this sixteenth-century wooden figure of Baby Jesus. The Augustinian Recollect Sisters still have a vivid memory of Saint Josemaría, then a young priest, who was their chaplain from 1931 and rector of the Foundation from 1934. Tags: Jesus Christ, Madrid, Christmas

What have you done with your brother?

Have young people got hearts? Do they aim to open them up “to the measure of the Heart of Christ” as St Josemaria encouraged everyone to do? As the winter gets colder and Christmas celebrations  loom large, the question becomes more and more pressing… Tags: Charity, Generosity, Opus Dei, Solidarity, happiness, France, Pope Francis

Bethlehem, The Basilica of the Nativity

E. Gil

Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem, Scripture says, “because there was no place for them in the inn”.(Lk 2:7; cf. The Forge, 274) Tags: Year of Faith, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

Christmases with St. Josemaria

Henry Hernandez

The best Christmases in my life were in the four years I spent in Rome with St Josemaría Escrivá. I can still hear the carols we sang round the crib Tags: Contemplation, Christmas

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Ana Sastre

St Josemaria's first trip to Latin America in May 1970. Tags: Poverty, Priesthood, Get-together, Catechetical trips, Our Lady

What did you say to our Lady?

Josemaría Escrivá visited Loreto for the first time on January 3 and 4, 1948. But the reason for his feeling especially indebted to Our Lady of Loreto referred to a different visit at a time of grave need. The 1950s were a time of severe suffering for St Josemaría because of misunderstandings and conflicts. Amidst these difficulties he decided to go to Loreto and entrust himself anew to our Lady’s protection. In her book Tiempo de Caminar, Ana Sastre tells the story of that visit. Tags: Opus Dei, Holy Family, Virtues, Consecrations of Opus Dei

Bethlehem: the Shepherds’ Fields

J. Gil

Bethlehem and its surroundings occupy a gently undulating landscape. Terraces have been cut into the sloping sides of some of the ridges, and planted with olive-trees; the flattest parts of the valleys are divided into fields; and the parts of the ground that are too rocky for cultivation are dotted with different plants, shrubs and trees, including pines, cypresses, and many Mediterranean species of bush. Tags: Year of Faith, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

The Advent Wreath

This tradition goes back to pre-Christian times, and was a preparation for the coming of spring. In the sixteenth century Christians gave it a new meaning: preparing for the coming of Christ. Read in this article the origin and symbolism of it. Tags: Advent

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