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
Salvador BernalSt 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
Pedro CasciaroSt 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
Pilar UrbanoThe 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
Salvador BernalThree 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
Bishop Alvaro del PortilloOpus 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
José Miguel CejasOn 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
François GondrandThe 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
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