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Homily of John Paul II in the Canonization of St Josemaria Escrivá de Balaguer

1. "All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God" (Rom 8,14). These words of the Apostle Paul, which we have just heard, help us understand better the significant message of today's canonization of Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer. With docility he [...]
Tags: Apostolate, Canonization, Pope John Paul II, Prayer, Interior life, Vocation
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Consecration to the Holy Family

St Josemaria and parents The saying “God writes straight with crooked lines” was one that St Josemaria had engraved on his heart, as a result of painful personal experiences. It expressed the fact that God’s way of reasoning is sometimes very different from our own. [...]
Tags: Holy Family, Vocation, family, Josemaria Escriva, Consecrations of Opus Dei
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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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1935-1936: Political and social developments. Deteriorating Political and Social Situation

- Deteriorating political and social situation - Plans for expansion - The descent into chaos - New members and Zorzano’s move to Madrid - Difficulties in the apostolate with priests and women - The last weeks before the Civil War Deteriorating Political and Social Situation As 1935 progressed, the political and social [...]
Tags: Spanish Civil War, Youth, Opus Dei, Vocation, Isidoro Zorzano, Juan Jimenez Vargas, St Raphael work, first members
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How I came to Opus Dei

José María Casciaro was born in Murcia, Spain, in 1923. He heard about Opus Dei in 1939, when he was 16, from his older brother Pedro, who had been in Opus Dei since 1935. During the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath, Pedro encouraged his [...]
Tags: Youth, Opus Dei, Vocation, numerary
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The Sanctity of Human Love

The Founder of Opus Dei taught people all over the world to love the family. At a time when sanctity seemed to have become more or less the preserve of the religious and priests, God made use of him to make many married couples see [...]
Tags: Marriage, Vocation
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The Youthful Spirit of a Saint

There are many things that could be called characteristic features of a saint, because although the saints canonized by the Church are almost infinitely varied, they all have certain things in common. The feature I want to look at today is their being young at [...]
Tags: Joy, Love of God, Generosity, Youth, Optimism, Vocation
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Building the Future

Looking at things from saint Josemaria’s point of view, if he were asked what youth is, or better still, what it should be, he would certainly answer that youth is the time for discovering and freely affirming the meaning of one’s existence; a time for [...]
Tags: Joy, culture, Youth, Vocation
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The Human Realism of Sanctity

"In the twentieth century, we have witnessed a clarification of the role of the ordinary Christian in the Church". According to an article published in L’Osservatore Romano, Navarro Valls affirms that since the foundation of Opus Dei in 1928, Josemaria Escriva's contribution to this new [...]
Tags: Passionately Loving the World, Holiness, Work, Vocation
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Death of Don José Escrivá, November 27, 1924

On November 27, 1924, Josemaría received a telegram from his mother asking him to come to Logroño because his father had come down with a serious illness. He took the train that very afternoon. At Logroño station he was met by Manuel Ceniceros, a godson [...]
Tags: The Escriva family, Death, Vocation