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September 7, 1931 in Madrid: anniversary of a divine locution

“Et fui tecum in omnibus ubicumque ambulasti!” (2 Sam 7:9) – “and I have been with you wherever you went.” From the beginning, our Lord showed the founder of Opus Dei a design that was universal in scope, and catholic by nature. During the summer of [...]
Tags: Contemplation, Faith, Opus Dei

Freedom, politics and Opus Dei

The difficulties that the Work encountered in the sixties did not come just from the opposition of one particular person or group. The founder faced all kinds of resistance, as often happens with any institution of historic significance. Some of these have already been mentioned, [...]
Tags: Citizenship, History, Freedom, Opus Dei, Politics

In the hospitals and poor districts

José Manuel Doménech de Ibarra writes: “Opus Dei was born in the hospitals and poor districts of Madrid and I, albeit in a tiny way, was a witness to this fact.” Much has already been said about the Founder of Opus Dei’s abundant activity in [...]
Tags: Sickness, Opus Dei, Poverty

Education which is Open to Society

I would like to consider the influence that saint Josemaría Escrivá has had in my life as an educator in Kenya. I will begin by talking about my childhood experiences because I am amazed that while they are so different from saint Josemaría Escrivá’s, I [...]
Tags: Citizenship, Education, Children, Opus Dei

The Early Days of Opus Dei in Boston as Recalled by the First Generation (1946-1956)

This is a documentary account of the first trips members of Opus Dei made to Boston and Cambridge, Mass. (U.S.) and the subsequent development of the apostolate there, primarily among students and professors at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It covers the period [...]
Tags: Passionately Loving the World, Citizenship, Youth, Optimism, Opus Dei, University

The First Pilgrimage: “What beautiful eyes: they are suns!”

I remember how in 1935 I went to visit a shrine in Spain, the shrine of Our Lady of Sonsoles. It wasn’t a pilgrimage in the normal sense: nothing noisy or elaborate, just three of us. I respect and love public demonstrations of devotion, but [...]
Tags: Opus Dei, Holy Rosary, Our Lady

St Josemaria and Pope Pius XII

The first words of affection and encouragement Father Escriva heard in Rome in 1946 were from Monsignor Giovanni Battista Montini, an intelligent, sensitive Italian from Brescia who, since the end of the Second World War, had been involved in the delicate task of renewing the [...]
Tags: Church, Opus Dei, Pope

Álvaro del Portillo

September 15, 1975, soon after St Josemaría died and went to Heaven, Msgr. Alvaro del Portillo was chosen to succeed him by a general elective congress of Opus Dei. On March 23, 1994, Msgr. Javier Echevarría summed up Don Alvaro’s work at the head of [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Opus Dei

Ten years amidst scaffolding and bricklayers

Saint Josemaría traveled to Rome for the first time in 1946. Later he decided to establish the central headquarters of Opus Dei in Rome. The following extract tells of the search for a suitable property, and the adventures of beginning to build. It is taken [...]
Tags: Opus Dei, Poverty, Work

Josemaría Escrivá's Cristocentrism

Cardinal George Pell explains how every aspect of St Josemaria’s teaching, like his life, was centred on Jesus Christ. The step from doctrine to asceticism in in the Christocentrism of Saint Josemaría is a movement from getting know to Christ to living like Christ. Living like [...]
Tags: Love of God, Gospel, Grace, Jesus Christ, Opus Dei, Unity of life