A picture that never fades from my memory

José Ramón Herrero

“I have on my conscience,” St Josemaría used to say, “many hours spent hearing children’s confessions in the poorest districts of Madrid. I would have liked to go and hear the confessions of all the children in all the saddest, most destitute neighbourhoods in the world". Tags: Charity, Sickness, Youth, Madrid, Poverty

February 14, 1930 and 1943 in Saint Josemaria's words

Salvador Bernal

St Josemaria did not like to speak about those more intimate moments in which Our Lord had made him know His Will. However, sometimes, following the express indication of the Holy See, or due to the insistence of the members of Opus Dei, he did tell some details. Tags: February 14 , Founding of Opus Dei, Priestly Society of the Holy Cross

A song of farewell

Pedro Casciaro

St Josemaria visited Mexico from May 15 to June 22, 1970. The day before he went back to Rome, he had a get-together with a group of young university students. One of them took up a guitar and told the Father he wanted him to listen to a song which is normally sung when people go to serenade the Virgin of Guadalupe at the Villa early in the mornings. Tags: Catechetical trips, Our Lady

The Communicator

Pilar Urbano

The following extracts are taken from El Hombre de Villa Tevere by Pilar Urbano, a book about the founder of Opus Dei. The author highlights St Josemaría’s capacity for getting through to everyone without distinction, making friends with them and putting them in direct contact with God. Tags: Friendship, Apostolate, cheerfulness

Election of Blessed Alvaro del Portillo as St Josemaria’s first successor

Salvador Bernal

Three months after St Josemaria’s death on June 26, 1975, Blessed Alvaro del Portillo – “Don Alvaro” – was elected to succeed him at the head of Opus Dei. Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Faithfulness, Opus Dei

St Josemaria and the Guardian Angels

Bishop Alvaro del Portillo

Opus Dei was founded (in 1928) on October 2 – the feast of the Guardian Angels. St Josemaria’s devotion to the Guardian Angels, whom he saw as celestial protectors and messengers, went back to his childhood. Here Bishop Alvaro del Portillo recalls some aspects of [...] Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Angels

No fear!

José Miguel Cejas

On October 2, 1928, he had been entrusted by God with the task of opening up a new path: “Ordinary Christians. Means: everyday work. Everyone a Saint!” On February 14, he discovered another defining aspect of what God wanted. Contrary to what he first thought – “No fear!” he had written – God wanted there to be women in Opus Dei too. Tags: February 14 , Opus Dei, Women

He inherited his passion for freedom from his French ancestors

François Gondrand

The founder of Opus Dei, who had a great big heart, felt very special love for France. He told me he was a quarter French because he had a French grandfather.
Then he said he’d probably inherited his passion for freedom from his French ancestors.
I knew that Paris was one of the two cities he had wanted Opus Dei to spread to, back in 1935. Tags: History, Freedom, books

An Italian song that St Josemaria loved

Aprite le finestre - 'Open the Windows', an Italian song that St Josemaria wanted people to sing to him as he was dying. The following is the account of this episode as given by Pilar Urbano in her biography of St Josemaria, 'El Hombre de Villa Tevere'. Tags: Joy, Death, Get-together

Account of St Josemaría’s death

Msgr. Alvaro del Portillo

On June 26, 1975, Msgr. Josemaría died suddenly in Rome. The previous month he had made his last visit to Spain, where he received the gold medal of his native town, Barbastro, and visited the nearby shrine of Torreciudad, which had been built at his [...] Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Death