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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 [...]
Tags: Canonization, Pope John Paul II, Our Lady

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

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. [...]
Tags: Catechetical trips, Our Lady

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 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, [...]
Tags: Gratitude, Barcelona, History, Our Lady

A song of farewell

St Josemaria visited Mexico from May 15 to June 22, 1970. The day before he went back to Rome, he had a get-together with a group of young university students. One of them took up a guitar and told the Father he wanted him to listen [...]
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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 Rose of Rialp: November 21/22, 1937

In 1936, with the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, religious persecution reached new depths of violence, and Fr Josemaria Escriva was obliged to go into hiding, finding refuge in several successive places in Madrid. For the time being he had to lay aside his [...]
Tags: Spanish Civil War, Crossing the Pyrenees, Our Lady

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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"Holy Rosary": To help people say the Rosary

Towards the end of 1931, St Josemaría “discovered” a special life of spiritual childhood in his prayer. On November 30, the first day of the novena for the feast of the Immaculate Conception, he noted: As I say the rosary or perform other devotions, such [...]
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