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The First Years of Opus Dei

1928, 1929, 1930… St Josemaria had to fulfil God’s will, but had no trained assistants, no money, and no patrons. The task was huge and the young priest had no financial resources, helpers, or patrons. He had neither the support of tradition nor Church approval, for [...]
Tags: Joy, The Way, Divine sonship, Opus Dei
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Saturday morning catechism

College students with a good grasp of the Christian faith go to districts in the outskirts of Montevideo, Uruguay, to teach catechism to children and young people. As time goes by, as well as recalling episodes from their classes, they realise that they themselves are [...]
Tags: Doctrine, Youth, Opus Dei, Catechesis
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A lifelong Yes

Extract from an interview with Zenit in 2003 Zenit: Would you say that people today find it hard to commit themselves, hard to say yes? Urteaga: Definitely. I find people very soft. But at the same time there are plenty of people doing plenty of positive things. [...]
Tags: Generosity, Opus Dei, Priesthood, Vocation
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One day I too received the gift of a vocation

I came across Opus Dei through a letter that arrived at our local school about the Zunil School of Home and Hotel Management. My daughter Mirna was interested. We went to visit the school, we liked it and she decided to study there. Then the [...]
Tags: Ascetical struggle, Opus Dei, Ordinary life, Vocation, supernumerary
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A practical sense of prayer

Josemaria Escriva was an eminently practical person. What is practical is always realistic, useful, lasting. I am sure that his practical, concrete spiritual advice was a consequence of his great love for God and human beings, to whom he tried to transmit this same love. [...]
Tags: Opus Dei, Prayer
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Msgr. Juan José Omella, Bishop of Barbastro-Monzón, Spain (Saint Josemaria’s home town)

He lived a life rooted in Christ; he loved the Church passionately and joyfully and he founded Opus Dei. We give thanks for what the Work has been for the Church and for many other people, by helping them to know and to love God [...]
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I realized that I could be a good Christian, a football fan and a party member

I have to acknowledge the fact that I come from a very idealistic family. I was born and brought up in politics, and arguing about ideas and ideals has always been part of my life. I’ve always considered myself an idealist, and so I defend [...]
Tags: Opus Dei, Politics, Service, Unity of life
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Do you believe that God is the Lord of history?

Peter Berglar, a German Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, was also a well-known biographer of key historical characters: men and women who lived in times of change and realized the fact. Towards the end of his life he wrote the biographies of three Saints [...]
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The Early Days of Opus Dei in Boston as Recalled by the First Generation (1946-1956)

This is a documentary account of the first trips members of Opus Dei made to Boston and Cambridge, Mass. (U.S.) and the subsequent development of the apostolate there, primarily among students and professors at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It covers the period [...]
Tags: Passionately Loving the World, Citizenship, Youth, Optimism, Opus Dei, University
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The First Pilgrimage: “What beautiful eyes: they are suns!”

I remember how in 1935 I went to visit a shrine in Spain, the shrine of Our Lady of Sonsoles. It wasn’t a pilgrimage in the normal sense: nothing noisy or elaborate, just three of us. I respect and love public demonstrations of devotion, but [...]
Tags: Opus Dei, Holy Rosary, Our Lady