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A lifelong Yes

Extract from an interview with Zenit in 2003 Zenit: Would you say that people today find it hard to commit themselves, hard to say yes? Urteaga: Definitely. I find people very soft. But at the same time there are plenty of people doing plenty of positive things. [...]
Tags: Generosity, Opus Dei, Priesthood, Vocation
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One day I too received the gift of a vocation

I came across Opus Dei through a letter that arrived at our local school about the Zunil School of Home and Hotel Management. My daughter Mirna was interested. We went to visit the school, we liked it and she decided to study there. Then the [...]
Tags: Ascetical struggle, Opus Dei, Ordinary life, Vocation, supernumerary
Testimony

A practical sense of prayer

Josemaria Escriva was an eminently practical person. What is practical is always realistic, useful, lasting. I am sure that his practical, concrete spiritual advice was a consequence of his great love for God and human beings, to whom he tried to transmit this same love. [...]
Tags: Opus Dei, Prayer
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Msgr. Juan José Omella, Bishop of Barbastro-Monzón, Spain (Saint Josemaria’s home town)

He lived a life rooted in Christ; he loved the Church passionately and joyfully and he founded Opus Dei. We give thanks for what the Work has been for the Church and for many other people, by helping them to know and to love God [...]
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I realized that I could be a good Christian, a football fan and a party member

I have to acknowledge the fact that I come from a very idealistic family. I was born and brought up in politics, and arguing about ideas and ideals has always been part of my life. I’ve always considered myself an idealist, and so I defend [...]
Tags: Opus Dei, Politics, Service, Unity of life
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Do you believe that God is the Lord of history?

Peter Berglar, a German Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, was also a well-known biographer of key historical characters: men and women who lived in times of change and realized the fact. Towards the end of his life he wrote the biographies of three Saints [...]
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What did you say to our Lady?

In the afternoon of January 3, 1948, St Josemaria arrived at Loreto, Italy, with Don Alvaro del Portillo, Salvador Moret Bondia and Ignacio Sallent Casas. They spent a period in silent prayer within the Holy House of Nazareth in the shrine. Afterwards, as they were [...]
Tags: Opus Dei, Holy Family, Virtues, Consecrations of Opus Dei
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Koichi Yamamoto and the beginnings of Opus Dei in Japan

A brief account of the beginnings of Opus Dei’s apostolate in Japan and the life of one of the first Japanese members. It shows the keen affection St Josemaría always felt for Japan, as well as the way the spirit of Opus Dei is lived [...]
Tags: History, Opus Dei, numerary
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Carmen Escrivá

Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, who knew St Josemaria’s mother and sister very well, spoke in the book Immersed in God about what both of them meant for the founding and development of Opus Dei. “The availability of our Founder’s mother and sister proved of incalculable [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, The Escriva family, Opus Dei, Administration, Carmen Escrivá
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First ordination of faithful of Opus Dei to the priesthood

The first three priests ordained from among the faithful of Opus Dei, on June 25, 1944 by the Bishop of Madrid were Father Alvaro del Portillo, Father Jose Maria Hernandez Garnica, and Father Jose Luis Muzquiz. All three of them were qualified civil or mining [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Opus Dei, Priesthood, Priestly Society of the Holy Cross