Documentation

The Founding of Opus Dei

John F. Coverdale

John F. Coverdale, in his book Uncommon Faith, tells how Opus Dei was founded. Tags: October 2, 1928, Angels, Founding of Opus Dei, Retreat

Ten years amidst scaffolding and bricklayers

Pilar Urbano

Saint Josemaría traveled to Rome for the first time in 1946. Later he decided to establish the central headquarters of Opus Dei in Rome. The following extract tells of the search for a suitable property, and the adventures of beginning to build. Tags: Opus Dei, Poverty, Work

Freedom, politics and Opus Dei

Andres Vazquez de Prada

The difficulties that the Work encountered in the sixties did not come just from the opposition of one particular person or group. The founder faced all kinds of resistance, as often happens with any institution of historic significance. The founder was so used to them that, more than rob him of his peace, they generally just robbed him of time, leaving his cheerfulness intact. Behind the attacks on the Work he could see the hand of God. Tags: Citizenship, History, Freedom, Opus Dei, Politics

The Way of the Cross is not a sad devotion

Bishop Javier Echevarria

"It really bothers me when people use the Cross as a synonym for difficulty and mortification. The Cross is something positive, and has been ever since God chose to give us true life through means of the Cross…" Bishop Javier Echevarría recalls in this passage Saint Josemaría's devotion to the Way of Cross. Tags: Cross, Javier Echevarria, Jesus Christ, The Way of the Cross

How I came to Opus Dei

Jose Maria Casciaro

José María Casciaro was born in Murcia, Spain, in 1923. He heard about Opus Dei in 1939, when he was 16, from his older brother Pedro, who had been in Opus Dei since 1935. During the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath, Pedro encouraged his younger brother to lead an upright Christian life. When, in April 1939, José María finally met Saint Josemaría, he began to face up to his own vocation to Opus Dei. Tags: Youth, Opus Dei, Vocation, numerary

How the founder of Opus Dei practised the spirit of mortification

Javier Echevarria

He practised in his own life what he always taught: “When you really love, no sacrifice is hard; love hopes for everything and gives everything. The only explanation for Christ’s Passion is love. Mortification is the prayer of the body and the soul. Put love into it, and everything you do will seem little.” Tags: Love of God, Contrition, Little things, Cross, Mortification

Anniversary of the death of Msgr. Alvaro del Portillo, St Josemaría’s first successor

Early in the morning of March 23, 1994, God called his good and faithful servant to Himself. Bishop del Portillo had returned only a few hours before from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, where, with deep prayer and piety, he had followed Jesus’ footsteps from Nazareth to the Holy Sepulcher, and had celebrated his last Mass on earth in the Church of the Cenacle in Jerusalem. Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Death, Opus Dei prelate

How the Founder of Opus Dei experienced the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Bishop Javier Echevarría

In the book-length interview in which Bishop Javier Echevarría relates his memories of Saint Josemaría, founder of Opus Dei, Salvador Bernal says: “Meditating on the Cross also gave rise, in Msgr. Escrivá’s soul, to contrition and a spirit of atonement, culminating in his reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.” Bishop Echevarría’s response was as follows. Tags: Sacrament of Reconciliation, Contrition, Humility, Javier Echevarria

The Sanctity of Human Love

Salvador Bernal

The Founder of Opus Dei taught people all over the world to love the family. At a time when sanctity seemed to have become more or less the preserve of the religious and priests, God made use of him to make many married couples see that married life is a true path to sanctity on earth. Tags: Marriage, Vocation

The founder of Opus Dei in Pompeii, Almudena, Sonsoles and Fatima, 1968-1970

Ana Sastre

“My dearest daughters and sons: you will have wondered why in these last few years I’ve been going from one shrine of our Lady to another, in a continual pilgrimage over many countries, which also enables me to thank our Lord for the chance to [...] Tags: Church, Our Lady