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Difficult Times

“If we all pray together, if we add just a bit of good will, our Lord will give us his grace and end this dark, terrible night. Then will come the dawn, the morning filled with sunlight.” On December 22, 1971, a beautiful antique image of [...]
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Joy, Sorrow, Hope

“Do you know why the Work has developed so much? Because it’s been treated like a sack of wheat; it’s been beaten and battered about. But the seeds are so small that they haven’t broken. On the contrary, they’ve been scattered to the four winds...” From [...]
Tags: Cross, Marriage, Opus Dei, Our Lady, Consecrations of Opus Dei
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1968.4.30

“In this month of May which begins tomorrow I would like each of us to begin to offer one little extra sacrifice: a bit more study, finishing off a piece of work better, a smile…; a sacrifice that is an effort of our devotion and [...]
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Fatima

On May 13, 1917, three children, Lucia de Jesus, 10, and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto, 9 and 7, were looking after a little flock of sheep at Cova da Iria, in the parish of Fatima, part of the municipality of Vila Nova de [...]
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Maria Pötsch (Austria)

St Josemaria’s devotion to the picture of our Lady known as “Maria Pötsch” originated in one of the journeys he made to Vienna, Austria. He first went to Austria in 1949, but he did not get as far as Vienna itself. In the aftermath of [...]
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Angelus with John Paul II. October 6, 2002, after the Canonization

At the end of this solemn liturgical celebration, I wish to greet cordially all the pilgrims who have come from every part of the world. I direct a special greeting to the government delegation, numerous personalities and pilgrims from Italy, where the new Saint worked [...]
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Our Lady of Torreciudad

Torreciudad is a shrine dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Aragon in the north of Spain. Devotion to Our Lady of Torreciudad dates back to the eleventh century. The new Shrine, built under the guidance of the founder of Opus Dei, Saint Josemaría Escriva, [...]
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Our Lady of Lourdes

In the year 1858, in the folds of the east-central Pyrenees, Lourdes was a little township with a total population of around four thousand people. An ancient story relates that a Saracen emir named Mirat occupied the fortress overlooking the city in the year 778. [...]
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St Josemaria at Lourdes

St Josemaria went to Lourdes, France several times. The book “At God’s Pace” by François Gondrand contains a brief account of one of his visits to the Grotto at Lourdes on October 3, 1972. Saint Josemaria had just landed at Tarbes airport, not far from Lourdes. [...]
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Saint Josemaria, a Pilgrim at Fatima

Pope John Paul II spoke of Fatima as “a sign of the times that helps us to see the hand of God, who guides us by his Providence, and who is our patient and compassionate Father. (…) I ask you, in the name of our [...]
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