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Two Loves, One Heart: A Reflection for the Feast of St Augustine

St. Josemaria Institute

I don’t know if St Josemaria took his inspiration from St Augustine on the numerous occasions when he preached this message. But whether or not the Founder of Opus Dei was inspired by the great Doctor of the Church, the echo is undeniable. Each Saint puts his finger on the tension within every Christian heart between human and divine love. Tags: Love of God, Unity of life, Love, Heart, St Josemaria Institute

St Peter in Gallicantu

J. Gil

“And immediately, while he was still speaking, a cock crowed. The Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, ‘Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times.’ And he went out and wept bitterly” (Luke 22:60-62). The part of Jerusalem where this episode took place was on the eastern slope of Mount Sion, not far from the Cenacle (the room of the Last Supper). In the time of Jesus this was a residential district, looking over the Cedron and Hinnom valleys. Tags: Repentance, Church, In the footprints of our Faith, mercy

August 23, 1971: Adeamus cum fiducia ad thronum gloriae, ut misericordiam consequamur

So we know little about the extraordinary graces that he received. But we do know some of them: for instance, that of August 23, 1971, in Caglio, northern Italy. Tags: locution

The Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven

J. Gil

We know very few details our Lady’s last years on earth. Between the Ascension and Pentecost, Sacred Scripture tells us that she was in the Upper Room or Cenacle (cf. Acts 1: 13-14). Afterwards, she would probably have stayed with St John, to whose filial care she had been entrusted. Scripture does not tell us when or where her Assumption took place. Some very ancient sources say it was in Jerusalem; others, more recent, in Ephesus. Tags: Angels, Our Lady, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

On seeing the city he wept over it

J. Gil

And as he was coming down the side of the Mount of Olives, among the multitude all praising God, “when he drew near and saw the city he wept over it, saying, ‘Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace! But now they are hid from your eyes. For the days shall come upon you, when your enemies will cast up a bank about you and surround you, and hem you in on every side, and dash you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another in you; because you did not know the time of your visitation’.” (Luke 19:41-44) Tags: Faith, Jesus Christ, Love, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

The Founder of Opus Dei in Ars

St Josemaria always had recourse to the intercession of the Curé of Ars, who is the patron of secular clergy, with great faith. His first journey to the town of Ars, to see the place where St John Marie Vianney worked as a priest and to pray at his tomb, was in 1953. Tags: Priesthood, trips

St. Thomas More as Intercessor of Opus Dei

Andrew Hegarty

St. Thomas More appears to have been chosen as the fourth saintly Intercessor of Opus Dei in mid-1954. Means and influences (especially publications) by which St. Josemaría might have come to relatively precocious knowledge of, and appreciation for, the English martyr before that date. Tags: supernumerary, St Josemaria Historical Institute

St Josemaria’s death as related by Alvaro del Portillo

Bishop Alvaro del Portillo

We share Bishop Alvaro del Portillo' s account of St Josemaría’s death, on June 26, 1975, published at Blessed Josemaría Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei, by Cesare Cavalleri. Tags: Abandonment to God, Alvaro del Portillo, Heaven, Church, June 26, Pope Paul VI, Josemaria Escriva

St. Josemaría, a Teacher of Forgiveness (Part 2)

The Christian’s response, says St. Josemaría, should be “to drown evil in an abundance of good” and to open wide one’s arms to all humanity as did Jesus Christ the priest. In this second part of a study published in the journal Romana,we will consider some key ideas from the homily “Christian Respect for Persons and their Freedom” and the practice of forgiveness in contemporary society in striving to foster a culture of peace. Tags: Friendship, Charity, Justice, Freedom, Christ Is Passing By, Forgiveness

St. Josemaría, Teacher of Forgiveness (Part 1)

Jaime Cardenas del Carre

This study published in no. 52 of of the journal Romana, it focuses on some aspects of St. Josemaría’s teachings on forgiveness and their relevance in fostering a peaceful co-existence. Because of its length, it will be published in two parts. The founder of Opus Dei invites us to rediscover forgiveness and to learn how to love: to love God and, through him, our neighbor, also when we are offended. The words and example of St. Josemaría help us to go deeper into the beauty of forgiveness and to learn to exercise it. Tags: Humility, Freedom, Holiness, Love, family, Forgiveness, Josemaria Escriva

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