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First audience granted by Pope Paul VI to Opus Dei founder St Josemaria

Pablo VI

January 24, 1964. When Msgr Escriva entered the room he started to kneel down to greet the Pope, as the current protocol required. But Pope Paul would not let him: he came forward and, opening wide his arms, gave him an affectionate welcoming embrace. Tags: Pope, Pope Paul VI

October 16, 1931, in a Madrid streetcar: Abba, Pater!

John F. Coverdale

I learned to call God “Father” as a child in the Our Father. But to feel, to see, to admire God’s desire that we be his children…, that was on the street, in a streetcar, for an hour or an hour and a half, I’m not sure. “Abba, Pater!” I had to shout. From the book Uncommon Faith: The Early Years of Opus Dei. Tags: Divine sonship, History, Madrid

Capernaum, the town of Jesus

J. Gil

Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth he went and dwelt in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: ..."the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned". Tags: Faith, Jesus Christ, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

Jerusalem: The Grotto of the Our Father

J. Gil

The exact locations of other events, however, have been preserved only in local traditions handed down through the generations of Christians in the Holy Land. This is the case of the teaching of the Our Father, which St Matthew includes in the Sermon on the Mount, while St Luke presents it as being given in a certain place (Lk 11:1) as our Lord went up to Jerusalem. Tags: Church, Jesus Christ, In the footprints of our Faith

Tracing the history of the Church in the footsteps of St Josemaría

Places in Rome (1)

St Josemaria is a good guide to the many places in Rome that he himself visited to draw faith from the witness of the early Christians. The aim of the articles gathered under the heading Places in Rome is to reveal the main traces of the history of the Catholic Church that are to be found in Rome, the Eternal City. Download in epub format. Tags: Church, Places in Rome, Pope

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

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