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February 14: Surprised and delighted. A new anniversary

Speaking about the paradoxes of the founding, saint Josemaría would say one day: “The foundation of Opus Dei happened without me; the women’s branch, against my personal opinion; and the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross, when I was seeking it but unable to find it.” Tags: February 14 , Founding of Opus Dei, Opus Dei, Priesthood, Priestly Society of the Holy Cross, Priestly soul, Women

Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Lady of Lourdes is especially linked to a passage in the history of Opus Dei which remains close to its heart: the end of the journey on foot across the Pyrenees undertaken by St Josemaría in 1937, together with several of his spiritual sons and other people, during the Spanish Civil War Tags: Spanish Civil War, History, Crossing the Pyrenees, Our Lady

Christmas in Rome and St Josemaria

Interview with Msgr. Joaquin Alonso. He has lived in Rome for sixty years, having moved there after completing law studies in Seville, Barcelona and Madrid. In Rome he studied for a doctorate in canon law. He was ordained a priest in 1955. He worked with St Josemaria, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo and Bishop Javier Echevarria, the present prelate, in governing Opus Dei. He also works for the Holy See in the Vatican as consultor to the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints. Tags: family, Christ Is Passing By, Christmas, Rome

With the Family at Nazareth

E. Gil

Several places in Nazareth preserve the memory of our Lord’s presence. The main one is the Basilica of the Annunciation. Other places connected with the Gospel are the Synagogue and the nearby Mount of the Precipice, which recall how some of Jesus’ fellow-townsmen rejected him after they heard him preaching. There is also Mary’s Well, where according to some traditions, Mary went to draw water; the Tomb of the Just Man, where the holy Patriarch St Joseph is traditionally held to have been buried; and the Church of St Joseph, built over the remains of a house that centuries-old popular piety has identified with the house of the Holy Family. Tags: Faith, History, Holy Family, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

Consecration to the Holy Family

Andres Vazquez de Prada

“Now I would like to tell you the details about the consecration I made of the Work and the families of its members to the Holy Family. I could only turn to heaven when faced with the diabolical schemes of certain unscrupulous individuals. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph saw to it that the storm clouds passed.” St Josemaria described how this consecration originated in 1951. Tags: Holy Family, Vocation, family, Josemaria Escriva, Consecrations of Opus Dei

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

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

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

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

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