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Sanctity is for everyone

Chosen from all eternity You and I belong to Christ’s family, for he himself has chosen us before the foundation of the world, to be saints, to be blameless in his sight, for love of him, having predestined us to be his adopted children through Jesus [...]
Tags: Ascetical struggle, Holiness, Vocation

My heart missed a beat

I had been a priest for thirty years when in 1980 I was appointed to a parish in Nagasaki. A fellow-priest lost no time in introducing me to a priest of Opus Dei. We met a number of times. When I began to read the [...]
Tags: Holiness, diocesan priests

The intercession of the saints

«When God calls me and takes me to heaven, from there I’ll be able to help you much more, and very effectively.» From the day of his death on June 26, 1975, accounts of favors from all over the world attributed to the intercession of [...]
Tags: Heaven, Holiness, prayer-card

I Will Help You More

On June 26, 1975, at 12 noon, St Josemaria died in his office. The news of his death traveled quickly round the world. His body, clothed with priestly vestments, was placed at the foot of the altar in Our Lady of Peace (today the Church of [...]
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Canonization of Saint Josemaria

On October 6, 2002, Pope John Paul II canonized the founder of Opus Dei in St Peter’s Square, Rome, in the presence of more than 300,000 people from all round the world. Days of Prayer and Thanksgiving When Saint Josemaría first arrived in Rome on [...]
Tags: Canonization, Pope John Paul II, Holiness

Living life to the fullest

“Live life to the fullest!” This has always been my motto. You can say I am a person who enjoys the adventure and excitement in life. Before I learnt of St Josemaria and his message of holiness in ordinary life, I was convinced that in [...]
Tags: Little things, Youth, Holiness, Ordinary life

I thought holiness was only for priests and religious

I was practicing my faith, I was going to Mass every Sunday, but never had I thought that I could seek holiness. That, I thought, is only for priests and religious people. But when my wife gave me some of Saint Josemaria’s homilies to read, [...]
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André Frossard, Writer and journalist

I never met Msgr. Escriva. I only knew him by hearsay, from what people in Opus Dei told me. Then I saw the film of a gathering with Msgr. Escriva. He was walking up and down, and there was a huge number of people of [...]
Tags: Charity, Holiness, Get-together

Declarations on the Upcoming Canonization

- Card. Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna (Vienna Cathedral, January 9, 2002) “God has given man the power to shape reality. Blessed Josemaria took this fundamental message to task: work, understood not only as a means of self-fulfillment, but also of sanctity”. - [...]
Tags: Canonization, Church, Holiness

The Human Realism of Sanctity

"In the twentieth century, we have witnessed a clarification of the role of the ordinary Christian in the Church". According to an article published in L’Osservatore Romano, Navarro Valls affirms that since the foundation of Opus Dei in 1928, Josemaria Escriva's contribution to this new [...]
Tags: Passionately Loving the World, Holiness, Work, Vocation