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

Some testimonies about Bishop Alvaro del Portillo

Brief comments about Bishop Alvaro del Portillo taken from communications sent by some well-known people in the Church and society. Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Beatification

Homily given by the Prelate of Opus Dei for the feast-day of St Josemaria Escriva, 2013

Mons. Javier Echevarría

"Believing theoretically is not enough. Undoubtedly we have to accept the teachings of the Church faithfully; but it is also necessary for our faith to find expression in the whole of our lives, to be shown in all of life’s circumstances, both the ones that seem important and the little occupations that make up the fabric of our daily living" Tags: June 26, trust, Year of Faith

The Wedding Feast at Cana

J. Gil

“There was a wedding feast at Cana in Galilee” (John 2:1). St John is the only evangelist who tells the story of the first miracle of Jesus, which he worked at a wedding celebration in Cana. At the request of Our Lady he turned the water into wine. It was also in Galilee that he worked the second of his miracles, the curing of the sick son of a court official, at Capharnaum (see John 4:46-51). Tags: Faith, History, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith


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