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The right kind of anti-clericalism

Interview with Msgr Fernando Ocariz, Vicar General of Opus Dei, on Christians and politics as seen by Founder of Opus Dei. Msgr Ocariz outline the scope of Saint Josemaria’s words on the relationship between Opus Dei, the Church, and the world of politics, clarifying what [...]
Tags: Passionately Loving the World, Citizenship, culture, Naturalness, Responsibility, Holiness, Vatican II, Ordinary life

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

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

Saint Josemaría and the Jubilee years

Four Jubilee years fell within St Josemaria’s lifetime. Bishop Javier Echevarria witnessed his approach to the last two, and saw how he passed on his own devotion to those around him. “He asked me to pray with a lot of faith, especially in St. Peter’s, [...]
Tags: Joy, Hope, Holiness

Africa, its people and the message of Josemaria Escrivá

The goal which I propose to you – better still the goal that God sets for you - is holiness. This message of saint Josemaria came to Africa almost 50 years ago. The following article highlights the reception of saint Josemaria’s message as something personal, [...]
Tags: Passionately Loving the World, Responsibility, Holiness, Solidarity

Homily of John Paul II. May 17, 1992

"Through many tribulations we must enter the Kingdom of God." To the two disciples walking along the road to Emmaus Jesus said: "Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?" Moreover, the first reading has enabled us [...]
Tags: Faithfulness, Divine sonship, Pope John Paul II, Holiness, Work, Ordinary life, Beatification

Address by John Paul II to the Symposium, Pontifical Atheneum of the Holy Cross. October 14, 1993

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I am pleased to welcome you on the occasion of the theological symposium on the teachings of Blessed Josemaría Escrivá, which has been taking place these past days at the Roman Atheneum of the Holy Cross, a little more than a year [...]
Tags: Church, Pope John Paul II, Holiness, Work, Ordinary life

Declarations on the Upcoming Canonization

- Card. Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna (Vienna Cathedral, January 9, 2002) “God has given man the power to shape reality. Blessed Josemaria took this fundamental message to task: work, understood not only as a means of self-fulfillment, but also of sanctity”. - [...]
Tags: Canonization, Church, Holiness

Archbishop Oscar Romero: Letter to the Pope on Escriva's death

A letter written to the Pope by El Salvadorean Bishop Oscar Romero on July 12, 1975, requesting the opening of a cause for St Josemaria’s canonization. Bishop Romero was killed while celebrating Holy Mass in 1980. "Most Blessed Father, I regard the still-recent day of the death [...]
Tags: Canonization, Pope John Paul II, Holiness

Inaugural message at the Opening Ceremony of the symposium “Holiness and the World”

‘A song of praise to God arises from this vale of tears. Around God’s throne there is a growing choir of the redeemed, whose lives are now a selfless progress of love and glorification. Not only in heaven are these voices heard; they rise from [...]
Tags: Passionately Loving the World, Citizenship, Pope, Holiness