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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

Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist

J. Gil

Ein Karem is a little village about six kilometers west of the Old City of Jerusalem, on the outskirts of present-day Jerusalem. According to ancient traditions it was here that Zachary and Elizabeth lived, and to this town that Mary came when, having received the angel’s annunciation, she “arose and went with haste to the hill country, to a city of Judah” (Lk 1:39). And, three months later, when “the time came for Elizabeth to be delivered” (Lk 1:57), it was here that John the Baptist was born. Tags: Faith, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

Christian customs: Novena to the Holy Spirit

The Novena to the Holy Spirit is a long-standing custom through which the Church encourages the faithful to prepare for the descent of the Holy Spirit in the best possible way. Some prayers to the Holy Spirit, in preparation for Pentecost, are downloadable here in pdf and epub format. Tags: Holy Spirit, Prayer, Download, epub, Pentecost

The place of the Ascension

J. Gil

Jesus Christ our Lord accomplished the work of redeeming mankind principally by the Paschal mystery of his blessed Passion, Resurrection from the dead, and glorious Ascension (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1067). Here we will look at the last of these three events, marking the end of his life on earth. “Many things have happened since our Lord was born in Bethlehem. We have thought of him in the manger, worshipped by the shepherds and the Magi; we have contemplated those long years of unpretentious work in Nazareth; we have gone with him all through the land of Palestine, as he preached the kingdom of God to men and went about doing good to all. And later on, during the days of his passion, we have suffered on seeing him accused and ill-treated and crucified. Tags: Apostolate, Faith, Christ Is Passing By, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

St Josemaria went to Willesden to pray to our Lady

In 1958 St Josemaria went to Willesden to pray to our Lady. Prayer to our Lady would be a constant in the yearly trips he made to the United Kingdom until 1962. In London, the founder of Opus Dei visited the Catholic Westminster Cathedral, St James’s Spanish Place, and Saint Etheldreda’s, and the Anglican Church of the Annunciation in Bryanston Street, Westminster Abbey, and St George’s Hanover Square. He went to all of them rosary in hand. Tags: Prayer, Our Lady, UK

The use of Sacred Scripture in the writings of Saint Josemaria

Scott Hahn

By Scott Hahn. In a certain sense we can fully understand the accomplishments of St. Josemaría, or the graces he received, when we come to understand his use of the Scriptures. Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Passionately Loving the World, Contemplation, Gospel, Church, Vatican II, writings of the founder of Opus Dei, Sacred Scripture

Saint Josemaria, a pilgrim at Fatima

Saint Josemaría visited Portugal frequently, and never omitted a stop at Fatima. On one of those occasions, April 14, 1970, as he arrived on Portuguese soil, he gave the reason for his trip. “I am praying all day long, trying to speak continuously with God, taking our Lady as my intercessor, since she is all-powerful in her supplication. I have made these journeys in the simple, joyous spirit of a pilgrim of old.” Tags: Our Lady

Christ's presence in Christians

Download "Christ's presence in Christians", the homily given by St Josemaria Escriva for Easter Sunday, 1967, from the book Christ is Passing By in pdf format. Tags: Faith, Death, Christ Is Passing By, 'La Abadesa de las Huelgas', Easter, Holy Week , Homily, Communion of saints

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