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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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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. [...]
Tags: Spanish Civil War, History, Crossing the Pyrenees, Our Lady
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St Josemaria and Our Lady of Mercy, Barcelona

St Josemaria Escriva was a devotee of the Blessed Virgin Mary his whole life long. Each of her titles found a place in his heart and some took on special resonance at particular eras in his life. One of these was Our Lady of Mercy, [...]
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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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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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Little shrines to Our Lady

Little shrines to Our Lady When St Josemaría arrived in Rome in 1946 he was delighted to see how many pictures and statues of Our Lady are to be found in the streets there. He often used to ask other people in Opus Dei whether they [...]
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The Pantheon and Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

Download pdf. On entering the Piazza della Rotonda, the Pantheon looms unexpectedly before one’s eyes, looking as though its gray stone bulk has emerged unscathed from the depths of time. It is possibly the best preserved of all the buildings of ancient Rome, and its gigantic [...]
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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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