St Josemaría arrived in Rome for the first time on June 23, 1946

Pilar Urbano

On June 23, 1946 the founder of Opus Dei arrived in Rome to expedite pontifical approval of Opus Dei. This approval would enable Opus Dei, which was universal from the very start, to spread its apostolate to different countries. Pilar Urbano wrote an account of the journey after interviewing the people concerned. Tags: Church, Opus Dei, Pope

Help me to keep him company!

Msgr. Pedro Casciaro

Msgr. Pedro Casciaro first met Saint Josemaría in 1935, when he was studying architecture in Madrid. Right from the start, the Father, as people called him, opened up broad horizons of holiness and apostolate to him. In the following extract, he recalls one of the occasions when Saint Josemaría encouraged him to keep our Lord company in the Tabernacle. Tags: Eucharist, Presence of God

He asked me to let him stay there alone for a little while

José Llamas Simón

The Augustinian Father José Llamas Simón met Saint Josemaría in 1944, when the founder of Opus Dei was preaching a spiritual retreat to the Community of the Royal Monastery of Saint Lawrence in El Escorial, Madrid. Tags: Eucharist, Jesus Christ, Prayer, Retreat

St Josemaria and Pope Pius XII

Pilar Urbano

The first words of affection and encouragement Father Escriva heard in Rome in 1946 were from Monsignor Giovanni Battista Montini, an intelligent, sensitive Italian from Brescia who, since the end of the Second World War, had been involved in the delicate task of renewing the Vatican’s diplomatic relations. Years later Montini was to become the head of the Church – Pope Paul VI. Tags: Church, Opus Dei, Pope

Nanny and The Way

Alejandro Llano

She came from Lastres, a fishing-village in Asturias, Spain. Her name was Azucena Olivar Sanchez, but for us kids she was always Nanny. She’d been our nanny and was an enormous help to our Mom, who had her hands full with nine children, running our house in Madrid, and looking after my Dad’s business when he was away in Mexico looking after the companies he had there. Tags: The Way

Our Lady of Torreciudad

Torreciudad is a shrine dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Aragon in the north of Spain. Devotion to Our Lady of Torreciudad dates back to the eleventh century. The new Shrine, built under the guidance of the founder of Opus Dei, Saint Josemaría Escriva, was inaugurated on 7 July 1975. Tags: The Escriva family, Our Lady

Maria Pötsch (Austria)

St Josemaria’s devotion to the picture of our Lady known as “Maria Pötsch” originated in one of the journeys he made to Vienna, Austria. He first went to Austria in 1949. Tags: History, Our Lady

Opus Dei Prelate’s greeting to John Paul II, October 7 2002

Bishop Javier Echevarría

At the end of the Thanksgiving Mass for the canonization of the Josemaria Escriva, the Holy Father John Paul II met with the participants of the canonization. The following is the greeting given by the Prelate of Opus Dei, Msgr. Javier Echevarría to the Holy Father at the beginning of the audience. Tags: Canonization, Javier Echevarria, Pope John Paul II, Pope

The Holy Mass was the center of Saint Josemaría’s day

Bishop Alvaro del Portillo

Saint Josemaría often spoke of the Holy Mass as the “center and root of the interior life”. Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the Founder’s first successor at the head of Opus Dei, spent nearly forty years with Saint Josemaría, and was an exceptional witness of how the Holy Mass really was the center of his day, quite literally. The following is an extract from Bishop del Portillo’s recollections, published in the book Immersed in God. Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Eucharist, Piety, Plan of life, Priesthood

St Josemaría Escrivá and Nazism

Domingo Diaz-Ambrona

This is a letter from Domingo Diaz-Ambrona, a civil engineer and lawyer, to Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, Prelate of Opus Dei, dated 9 January 1992. It ispublished in Immersed in God. I met the future Saint, Josemaría Escrivá, during the Spanish Civil War. At that time [...] Tags: Spanish Civil War, History