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Homily given by the Prelate of Opus Dei for the feast-day of St Josemaria Escriva, 2012

Dear brothers and sisters, On other anniversaries we have already made some remarks about the readings of the Mass of St Josemaria. Today I would like all of us to focus on the message passed on to us by the Founder of Opus Dei: the sanctification [...]
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Pray that I become a soul of prayer

Opus Dei Prelate’s 80th Birthday “Javi!” And he added in a weaker voice, as Fr. Javier came into the room, “I don’t feel well.” These were St Josemaria’s last words on earth. It was 12 noon on June 26, 1975, in Rome. He was speaking to [...]
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What does it mean to "be an apostle" in the 21st century?

Sonsoles is a student who went to a catechetical gathering with Bishop Javier Echevarria, Prelate of Opus Dei, at the WYD, August 2011. She asked him, in front of thousands of young people like herself, what "being an apostle" means and how to be one [...]
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Forever in thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is part of Christian life, as we realize how much God has done for us and for others. St Josemaria developed gratitude as a virtue throughout his life, as those who lived with him recall. In December 1972 St Josemaria wrote, "There will come [...]
Tags: Abandonment to God, Gratitude, Alvaro del Portillo, Javier Echevarria, Opus Dei
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We need to converse with God

The primacy of prayer over action “Of maximum usefulness in the Church of Jesus are not the so-called practical men nor even the pure proponents of theories, but the true contemplatives,” wrote Josemaria Escriva’s first successor, Monsignor Alvaro del Portillo , in the pages of the [...]
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When love is strengthened

"My parents really loved each other," recalled St Josemaria, "and they suffered a lot, but they never failed to smile." In this article, Bishop Javier Echevarria talks about the love of married people in the teachings of St Josemaria. The family is a school of love, [...]
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Like the first Christians

On the anniversary of Opus Dei's founding, the Prelate has written an extensive pastoral letter on the importance of formation for the spiritual life and the new evangelization. "The easiest way to understand Opus Dei is to consider the life of the early Christians. They lived [...]
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Successor of St. Josemaría speaks about the film "There Be Dragons"

www.romereports.com March 27, 2011. The director Roland Joffé traveled to Rome to present his film on St. Josemaria Escriva at the Vatican. The film takes place during the Spanish Civil War. Among those in attendance, were those who knew St. Josemaría before he died in 1975. Bishop [...]
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Successor of St. Josemaria Escrivá speaks about the film "There Be Dragons"

www.romereports.com March 27, 2011. The director Roland Joffé traveled to Rome to present his film on St. Josemaria Escriva at the Vatican. The film takes place during the Spanish Civil War. Among those in attendance, were those who knew St. Josemaría before he died in 1975. Bishop [...]
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February 16, 1932: “Deeds are love – not sweet words”

This divine locution gave rise to n. 933 in The Way: "There is a story of a soul who, on saying to our Lord in prayer, ‘Jesus, I love you,’ heard this reply from heaven: ‘Love means deeds, not sweet words.’ "Think if you also [...]
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