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Isidoro is declared venerable

On December 21st, the Holy Father Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate decrees concerning 8 causes of canonization. Among these was a decree declaring the heroic virtues of Isidoro Zorzano (1902 – 1943), an engineer who joined Opus Dei [...]
Tags: Love of God, Suffering, Church, Logroño, Pope, Holiness, Isidoro Zorzano
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The Church is Like a Basketball Team?

We offer some excerpts of the homily of Bishop Francisco de Leon, Manila (Philipines), on the liturgical feast day of St. Josemaria Escriva. Read the completed text. All are Called to Holiness I use this analogy of a basketball team for the Church. The Church has members with [...]
Tags: Apostolate, Holiness, June 26, Philippines
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The Saints Change the Course of History

We offer some excerpts of the homily of Cardinal Seán O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, on the feast of Saint Josemaría Escrivá, given on June 20, 2015, Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston. Read the completed text. Jesus goes into the world of work to call his first [...]
Tags: The Way, Faith, Divine sonship, Grace, Church, Holiness, Work, Interior life, Ordinary life, Vocation, Evangelization, US, Josemaria Escriva
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Novena for a Happy and Faithful Marriage

Download pdf. The Novena for a Happy and Faithful Marriage is a publication from the St. Josemaria Institute, inspired by Saint Josemaria's desire to help all married couples, and those preparing for marriage, to find meaning and encouragement in their vocation through a commitment to daily [...]
Tags: Marriage, Holiness, family, engagement
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Laura Busca, a wife on the path to holiness

Following the advice of Saint Josemaria Escriva, Laura and her husband Eduardo strove to make their family a “bright and cheerful home.” Her life was marked by an extraordinary self-giving in caring for her husband and children, and for many other people, drawing strength from [...]
Tags: Marriage, Holiness, Love, family
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Pope Francis: Blessed Alvaro loved and served the Church with a heart devoid of any worldly interest

Madrid, 27 September: The beatification of Alvaro del Portillo, the first successor of St. Josemaria as head of Opus Dei, took place this morning before a massive crowd, in a ceremony presided over by the delegate of Pope Francis, Cardinal Angelo Amato, who was [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Humility, Church, Sacraments, Holiness, Beatification
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A feast of faith

Canonization of Sts John XXIII and John Paul II, April 27, 2014 From long before dawn people from around the world have been arriving at St Peter’s Square, even without knowing whether they would manage to get in, because so many pilgrims are expected. Once they [...]
Tags: Gratitude, Canonization, God’s glory, Pope John Paul II, Holiness, Congo, Pope John XXIII
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John XXIII and John Paul II: two holy Popes, two Marian saints

The canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II is a great event for the Church and a sign of hope for the world, because where sanctity flourishes the crises in this world don’t have the final word. Sanctity provides a solid foundation on which to [...]
Tags: Gratitude, Heaven, Church, Pope John Paul II, Pope, Holiness, Vatican II, Vocation, Pope Francis, Pope John XXIII
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A place of sanctification

On March 28, in the Hall of Blessings at the Vatican, Pope Francis received 600 participants in the annual course of the internal forum organised by the Apostolic Penitentiary. For the past 25 years this dicastery has offered this course to deacons and newly ordained [...]
Tags: Repentance, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Contrition, Holy Spirit, Sacraments, Holiness, Love, Pope Benedict XVI, Josemaria Escriva, mercy
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Canonized 9 years after his death

Nine years ago today Pope John Paul II died, with a reputation for sanctity, at 21:37 in the papal apartment. Shortly before, in the same room, at 20:00, Msgr. Stanislaw Dziwisz had celebrated the Mass of the following day, Divine Mercy Sunday. On this anniversary [...]
Tags: Canonization, Pope John Paul II, Holiness, mercy