Pope Francis: St. Josemaria is a precursor of Vatican II

In a message sent by the Secretary of State for the symposium on St. Josemaria's contribution to theology, Pope Francis speaks about his teachings. Tags: Opus Dei, Spain, Josemaria Escriva, Pope Francis

Audience with Pope Francis

On Friday October 18, at 11.30 am, the Holy Father received the Prelate of Opus Dei, Bishop Javier Echevarría, in a private audience. Tags: Opus Dei prelate, Rome, Pope Francis

In water up to the neck

Andrés Vázquez de Prada

Sensing collapse, Saint Josemaria sent out an SOS, in hopes that the Lord would put an end to a difficult moment. He had decided to consecrate Opus Dei to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. To the members in Mexico he wrote: “Soon I will do the consecration to the Sacred Heart. Help me prepare for it” He added as a postscript: “SOS: We are still in water up to the neck. And also with the same trust in God our Father.” Tags: Suffering, Opus Dei, Poverty, Opus Dei members, Consecrations of Opus Dei

Gethsemane: the Agony in the Garden and the Prayer of Jesus

J. Gil

“When God’s appointed time comes to save mankind from the slavery of sin, we contemplate Jesus Christ in Gethsemani, suffering in agony to the point of sweating blood (cf. Lk 22:44). He spontaneously and unconditionally accepts the sacrifice which the Father is asking of him.” (Friends of God, no. 25) Tags: Faith, Prayer, Following Christ, The Will of God, Holy Week , Year of Faith, In the footprints of our Faith


St Josemaria first went to Fatima in 1945. He said that it had been the Blessed Virgin who opened the gates of Portugal to him.(1) This was because he went at the request of Sor Lucia, then living in Tui, Spain. He traveled to Portugal in February and visited Fatima although it had not been in his plan to do so. He went back to Fatima on several occasions afterwards, impelled by his great love for our Lady. Tags: Holy Rosary, Our Lady

Jerusalem: The Via Dolorosa (1)

J. Gil

Down through the centuries, that is how the saints, and many thousands of Christians with them, have contemplated the redemptive death of Jesus on the Cross and his Resurrection: the Paschal mystery, which is at the heart of our faith (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 571). With the passage of time the faithful’s meditation on those events has developed into various devotional practices, foremost among which is the Stations of the Cross. Tags: Cross, The Way of the Cross, Year of Faith, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

St Josemaria and the Archangels

On Thursday, October 6, 1932, while St Josemaria Escriva was praying in the chapel of Saint John of the Cross during his retreat at the Discalced Carmelite monastery in Segovia, he was for the first time inwardly moved to invoke the three archangels and the three apostles Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, and Saints Peter, Paul, and John. From that moment on he considered them the patrons of the different fields of apostolate that would make up Opus Dei. Tags: Angels, Apostolate, Opus Dei

Álvaro del Portillo

S. Bernal

September 15, 1975, soon after St Josemaría died and went to Heaven, Msgr. Alvaro del Portillo was chosen to succeed him by a general elective congress of Opus Dei. Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Opus Dei

Jerusalem: the “Upper Room” or Cenacle

J. Gil

Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. These solemn words of St John, which are so familiar to us, take us straight into the intimate gathering in the Upper Room, or Cenacle. Tags: Eucharist, Faith, In the footprints of our Faith

Secret of Opus Dei: Fall in Love with Jesus

Ms. Elia Rivera, Executive Director of the St. Josemaria Institute in Woodridge, Chicago, talks about the institute, Opus Dei, and its founder, St. Josemaria Escriva. Tags: Cooperators of Opus Dei, Jesus Christ, Opus Dei, Work, Ordinary life, Josemaria Escriva


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