Visit by St Josemaria to Pope Paul VI

On 25 June 1973. St Josemaria had not come to ask the Pope for anything, he only wanted to cheer him up. And once more, the Pope, in the heart of Rome, knew and felt that there was “a little part of the Church” on which he could rely, to find firm support. Tags: Pope, Pope Paul VI

Pope Paul VI Letter to St Josemaria

Pablo VI

Part of a letter written by the Holy Father, Pope Paul VI, to Msgr Josemaria Escriva, in 1964. Tags: Opus Dei, Pope Paul VI

Pope Paul VI’s first visit to Centro ELIS

I still have a very vivid memory of the visit of Pope Paul VI to the Centro ELIS on its opening day, said Alvaro del Portillo, the Pope stayed well beyond the time planned for the visit, he celebrated Mass, and attentively visited the various parts of the Centro. Tags: Education, Pope, Pope Paul VI

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


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