New Audience with Pope Francis

Two days before Christmas, on Monday, December 23, at 11.30 am, the Holy Father received the Prelate of Opus Dei, Bishop Javier Echevarría, in a private audience. Tags: Apostolate, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Opus Dei prelate, Rome, Pope Francis

What have you done with your brother?

Have young people got hearts? Do they aim to open them up to the measure of the Heart of Christ St Josemaria encouraged everyone to do? As the winter gets colder and Christmas celebrations  loom large, the question becomes more and more pressing… Tags: Charity, Generosity, Opus Dei, Solidarity, happiness, France, Pope Francis

Bethlehem, The Basilica of the Nativity

E. Gil

Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem, Scripture says, “because there was no place for them in the inn”.(Lk 2:7; cf. The Forge, 274) Tags: Year of Faith, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

Christmases with St. Josemaria

Henry Hernandez

The best Christmases in my life were in the four years I spent in Rome with St Josemaría Escrivá. I can still hear the carols we sang round the crib Tags: Contemplation, Christmas

Father Josemaría’s Baby Jesus

Among the treasures of the Royal Monastery of Saint Elizabeth in Madrid is this sixteenth-century wooden figure of Baby Jesus. The Augustinian Recollect Sisters still have a vivid memory of Saint Josemaría, then a young priest, who was their chaplain from 1931 and rector of the Foundation from 1934. Tags: Jesus Christ, Madrid, Christmas

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Ana Sastre

St Josemaria's first trip to Latin America in May 1970. Tags: Poverty, Priesthood, Get-together, Catechetical trips, Our Lady

What did you say to our Lady?

Josemaría Escrivá visited Loreto for the first time on January 3 and 4, 1948. But the reason for his feeling especially indebted to Our Lady of Loreto referred to a different visit at a time of grave need. The 1950s were a time of severe suffering for St Josemaría because of misunderstandings and conflicts. Amidst these difficulties he decided to go to Loreto and entrust himself anew to our Lady’s protection. In her book Tiempo de Caminar, Ana Sastre tells the story of that visit. Tags: Opus Dei, Holy Family, Virtues, Consecrations of Opus Dei

Bethlehem: the Shepherds’ Fields

J. Gil

Bethlehem and its surroundings occupy a gently undulating landscape. Terraces have been cut into the sloping sides of some of the ridges, and planted with olive-trees; the flattest parts of the valleys are divided into fields; and the parts of the ground that are too rocky for cultivation are dotted with different plants, shrubs and trees, including pines, cypresses, and many Mediterranean species of bush. Tags: Year of Faith, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

The canonical solution of Opus Dei

Pilar Urbano

By the Apostolic Constitution Ut Sit, dated 28 November 1982, Pope John Paul II set up Opus Dei as a personal prelature. This meant that, in accordance with its foundational charisma, the Work was recognized by the Church”s Canon Law as a secular structure: personal, i.e. not defined by geography, and made up of a Prelate, priests incardinated into Opus Dei, and lay-people. Tags: Church, Prayer, Opus Dei prelature

The Advent Wreath

This tradition goes back to pre-Christian times, and was a preparation for the coming of spring. In the sixteenth century Christians gave it a new meaning: preparing for the coming of Christ. Read in this article the origin and symbolism of it. Tags: Advent


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