St Josemaria’s death as related by Alvaro del Portillo

Bishop Alvaro del Portillo

We share Bishop Alvaro del Portillo' s account of St Josemaría’s death, on June 26, 1975, published at Blessed Josemaría Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei, by Cesare Cavalleri. Tags: Abandonment to God, Alvaro del Portillo, Heaven, Church, June 26, Pope Paul VI, Josemaria Escriva

St Josemaria went to Willesden to pray to our Lady

In 1958 St Josemaria went to Willesden to pray to our Lady. Prayer to our Lady would be a constant in the yearly trips he made to the United Kingdom until 1962. In London, the founder of Opus Dei visited the Catholic Westminster Cathedral, St James’s Spanish Place, and Saint Etheldreda’s, and the Anglican Church of the Annunciation in Bryanston Street, Westminster Abbey, and St George’s Hanover Square. He went to all of them rosary in hand. Tags: Prayer, Our Lady, UK

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

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

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

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

What did you say to our Lady?

Josemaría Escrivá visited Loreto for the first time on January 3 and 4, 1948. But the reason for his feeling especially indebted to Our Lady of Loreto referred to a different visit at a time of grave need. The 1950s were a time of severe suffering for St Josemaría because of misunderstandings and conflicts. Amidst these difficulties he decided to go to Loreto and entrust himself anew to our Lady’s protection. In her book Tiempo de Caminar, Ana Sastre tells the story of that visit. Tags: Opus Dei, Holy Family, Virtues, Consecrations of Opus Dei

The canonical solution of Opus Dei

Pilar Urbano

By the Apostolic Constitution Ut Sit, dated 28 November 1982, Pope John Paul II set up Opus Dei as a personal prelature. This meant that, in accordance with its foundational charisma, the Work was recognized by the Church”s Canon Law as a secular structure: personal, i.e. not defined by geography, and made up of a Prelate, priests incardinated into Opus Dei, and lay-people. Tags: Church, Prayer, Opus Dei prelature

The Advent Wreath

This tradition goes back to pre-Christian times, and was a preparation for the coming of spring. In the sixteenth century Christians gave it a new meaning: preparing for the coming of Christ. Read in this article the origin and symbolism of it. Tags: Advent