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Sanctity is for everyone

Chosen from all eternity You and I belong to Christ’s family, for he himself has chosen us before the foundation of the world, to be saints, to be blameless in his sight, for love of him, having predestined us to be his adopted children through Jesus [...]
Tags: Ascetical struggle, Holiness, Vocation

My heart missed a beat

I had been a priest for thirty years when in 1980 I was appointed to a parish in Nagasaki. A fellow-priest lost no time in introducing me to a priest of Opus Dei. We met a number of times. When I began to read the [...]
Tags: Holiness, diocesan priests

The intercession of the saints

«When God calls me and takes me to heaven, from there I’ll be able to help you much more, and very effectively.» From the day of his death on June 26, 1975, accounts of favors from all over the world attributed to the intercession of [...]
Tags: Heaven, Holiness, prayer-card

I Will Help You More

On June 26, 1975, at 12 noon, St Josemaria died in his office. The news of his death traveled quickly round the world. His body, clothed with priestly vestments, was placed at the foot of the altar in Our Lady of Peace (today the Church of [...]
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Canonization of Saint Josemaria

On October 6, 2002, Pope John Paul II canonized the founder of Opus Dei in St Peter’s Square, Rome, in the presence of more than 300,000 people from all round the world. Days of Prayer and Thanksgiving When Saint Josemaría first arrived in Rome on [...]
Tags: Canonization, Pope John Paul II, Holiness

Living life to the fullest

“Live life to the fullest!” This has always been my motto. You can say I am a person who enjoys the adventure and excitement in life. Before I learnt of St Josemaria and his message of holiness in ordinary life, I was convinced that in [...]
Tags: Little things, Youth, Holiness, Ordinary life

I thought holiness was only for priests and religious

I was practicing my faith, I was going to Mass every Sunday, but never had I thought that I could seek holiness. That, I thought, is only for priests and religious people. But when my wife gave me some of Saint Josemaria’s homilies to read, [...]
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André Frossard, Writer and journalist

I never met Msgr. Escriva. I only knew him by hearsay, from what people in Opus Dei told me. Then I saw the film of a gathering with Msgr. Escriva. He was walking up and down, and there was a huge number of people of [...]
Tags: Charity, Holiness, Get-together

Detailed chronology of the Cause of the Canonization of St Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer

The Cause of Saint Josemaría Escrivá, Founder of Opus Dei, concluded on October 6, 2002 when His Holiness Pope John Paul II canonized him in a solemn ceremony. The following account tracks the main steps in this canonical process, through official documents alone. 1) Preparation February 2, [...]
Tags: Canonization, Church, Holiness

Rome trip described as ‘the experience of a lifetime’

The Kerryman, a local newspaper in Ireland, published an article after the canonization with the different impressions and experiences of a few local businessmen from the area. Liam O'Connor and other friends recall the canonization and conclude that it was 'an experience of a lifetime'. [...]
Tags: Canonization, Citizenship, Church, Holiness