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London, August 1958: You can’t, but I can!

Andrés Vazquez de Prada

The founder of Opus Dei first visited London in 1958. He stayed from the beginning of August to the middle of September. He returned in each of the following years until 1962. In 1958, he arrived on August 4 and the following day wrote on the back of a holy picture, Sancta Maria, Sedes Sapientiae, filios tuos adiuva (Holy Mary, Seat of Wisdom, help your children); Oxford, Cambridge, 5-VIII-58. Tags: Apostolate, rest, Faith

“A Home from Home” in the UK

James Pereiro

St Josemaría Escrivá personally encouraged the setting up of Netherhall House in the 1950s as a residence for students from all over the world. He spent several summers in Britain between 1958 and 1962, and considered London a "crossroads of the world" where different cultures could enrich one another and work together for building a better society. Read here the article "Netherhall House, London (1960-1984): The Commonwealth dimension". Tags: Youth, Opus Dei, UK

Christian Parents

Esther Toranzo

St Josemaría learned the first lessons of Christian life, of joyful service to others, in his life with his parents: José Escriva and Dolores Albas. Tags: Barbastro, Cross, History

Carmen Escrivá

Msgr. Alvaro del Portillo

On July 16, the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, St Josemaría Escrivá's sister, Carmen, used to celebrate her saint day. Throughout her life, Carmen helped to bring the warmth that characterized the Escrivá family home to the supernatural family St Josemaria had started. Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, The Escriva family, Opus Dei, Administration, Carmen Escrivá

What do Saints Work at from Heaven?

Joaquín Alonso

In preparation for the feast-day of St. Josemaria Escriva (June 26th), Msgr. Joaquin Alonso explains how, as he promised, he is interceding for us from heaven. Tags: Holiness, June 26, favours of the founder of Opus Dei

Saint Josemaría’s love for the Eucharist

Bishop Javier Echevarría

Saint Josemaría often talked about the need for Christian life to be essentially Eucharistic. He summed it up in a classic phrase: having a “Eucharistic soul”. Tags: Love of God, Eucharist, Javier Echevarria, Piety, Priesthood

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

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

The Founding of Nagasaki Seido School

Kazuko Nakajima

A study of the foundation in 1978 of Nagasaki Seido School, a primary and secondary girl’s school representing the first school in Japan inspired by the teachings of St. Josemaría, has just been published in the Volume 9 of the journal Studia et Documenta. Tags: Education, school, Evangelization, Japan

The First Pilgrimage: “What beautiful eyes: they are suns!”

John Coverdale

On May 2, 1935, St. Josemaria went to visit a shrine in Spain, the shrine of Our Lady of Sonsoles. "It wasn’t a pilgrimage in the normal sense: nothing noisy or elaborate, just three of us." Tags: Opus Dei, Holy Rosary, Our Lady

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