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Anniversary of St Josemaria’s ordination to the priesthood

On Wednesday, January 9, 1918, Josemaría turned sixteen. The city of Logroño lay peaceful under a heavy snowfall. The temperature hovered around zero degrees Fahrenheit. No one went out unless they absolutely had to. José had found work in Logroño as a sales clerk in [...]
Tags: Love of God, Footprints in the Snow, Logroño, Prayer, Priesthood, Holiness, The Will of God, Saragossa, calling
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The New Evangelization, the Priest and the Challenge of Secular Morality

Text of the message sent by His Eminence Cardinal Sarah to a conference for priests held in Thornycroft Hall (Manchester, UK) in March 2013. The Cardinal had been due to deliver this lecture but was unable to attend because of the Conclave. "Since last October 11th, [...]
Tags: Church, Priesthood, Year of Faith
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The same cooking-pot

One recipe for everyone St Josemaria used to explain that he had “just one cooking-pot for everyone”, and the recipe was the search for holiness amidst everyday occupations. From that one cooking-pot comes nourishment for everyone: fathers, mothers, engineers, lawyers, workmen, and also priests… As Father [...]
Tags: Opus Dei, Priesthood, Holiness, Vocation, Argentina
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A real passion for making Jesus Christ known

St Josemaria recalled that God’s children have to have a “priestly soul”, meaning we have to try and grow our friendship with Jesus Christ and follow his example. We have, he said, to aim to bring other people to God, and turn the whole of [...]
Tags: Apostolate, Madrid, Priesthood, Priestly soul, Pictures and statues of St Josemaria Escriva
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March 28, 1925: Priest of Jesus Christ

In the fifth week of Lent, on the Saturday before Passion Sunday, March 28, 1925, Bishop Miguel de los Santos Diaz Gómara, Bishop of Tagora, conferred priestly ordination on Josemaria Escriva in the Church of the Royal Seminary of San Carlos, Saragossa. Another nine deacons [...]
Tags: Priesthood, Sacraments, Holy Mass, calling
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February 14: A new anniversary

"February 14, 1930 and 1943: Historic dates for Opus Dei"An historical account of A. Vazquez de PradaSpeaking about the paradoxes of the founding, saint Josemaría would say one day: “The foundation of Opus Dei happened without me; the women’s branch, against my personal opinion; and [...]
Tags: February 14 , Founding of Opus Dei, Opus Dei, Priesthood, Priestly Society of the Holy Cross, Priestly soul, Women
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February 14: Surprised and delighted. A new anniversary

"February 14, 1930 and 1943: Historic dates for Opus Dei"An historical account of A. Vazquez de PradaSpeaking about the paradoxes of the founding, saint Josemaría would say one day: “The foundation of Opus Dei happened without me; the women’s branch, against my personal opinion; and [...]
Tags: February 14 , Founding of Opus Dei, Opus Dei, Priesthood, Priestly Society of the Holy Cross, Priestly soul, Women
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How did Father Josemaria exercise his priesthood during the Spanish Civil War?

Throughout the three years the Spanish Civil War lasted, Father Josemaria exercised his priestly ministry in different ways according to the different circumstances in which he found himself. From the outbreak of the war on July 18, 1936, until he found refuge in the Honduran [...]
Tags: Spanish Civil War, History, Priesthood
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Is it true that another priest was killed by mistake for Father Josemaria Escriva?

Hard facts about this episode are difficult to find. In August 1936, the month after the Spanish Civil War started, some women told Dolores Escriva, Father Josemaria’s mother, that someone looking very like him had been hanged in a street in Madrid. Father Josemaria heard [...]
Tags: Spanish Civil War, History, Madrid, Opus Dei, Priesthood
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Homily on the Feast of Saint Josemaría, 2009

Today we are offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass to God in the liturgical commemoration of St Josemaria Escriva, whom God our Lord “raised up in the Church to proclaim the universal call to holiness and apostolate”. We do so in union with thousands of [...]
Tags: Javier Echevarria, Pope, Priesthood