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There is no room for sadness

Interviewer: Josemaria Escriva was a happy man. It is enough to see the film clips where he is willing to offer a smile and some words of encouragement to those present. But what is the secret of his constant good humor? Pierluigi Bartolomei: Opus Dei [...]
Tags: Children, Marriage, Ordinary life

Understanding what God is like

I was born in Stockholm and have lived here all my life. I was lucky enough to grow up in a deeply Christian family. My father is Catholic, my mother Protestant, and I have three siblings. All of us were baptized in the Catholic Church [...]
Tags: Friendship, Apostolate, Youth, Interior life, Ordinary life, God

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

God is not to be sought in the clouds

Escriva refutes the persistent cliché according to which family life and work are mutually exclusive spheres from which we supposedly drop out, exhausted, like a spent shell. Relentlessly optimistic, this author of best-selling books full of useful lessons, reminded us in the 20th century that [...]
Tags: Unity of life, Ordinary life

Speech given by John Paul II for the Centennial of St Josemaria's birth. January 12, 2002

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I am pleased to meet you at the end of the Conference held on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of the Blessed Founder of Opus Dei. I greet the Prelate, Bishop Javier Echevarría, and I cordially thank him [...]
Tags: Passionately Loving the World, Pope John Paul II, Unity of life, Ordinary life

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

Seeking God through ordinary work

John Paul I was elected Pope on August 26, 1978 and instantly gained everyone’s affection. Since his unexpected death on September 28, having been Pope for just thirty-three days, he has always been remembered as “the smiling Pope”. A few months before his election he [...]
Tags: Passionately Loving the World, Work, Unity of life, Ordinary life, Pope John Paul I

The Message of St. Josemaría: Particularly Relevant Ideas for Today’s Society

The following article was written by Fr Martin Rhonheimer, Professor of Ethics and Political Philosophy at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, and a priest of Opus Dei. It was presented at the Corporate Communication Professional Development Seminar, Pontifical University of the [...]
Tags: Church, Freedom, Responsibility, Work, Unity of life, Ordinary life

Saint Josemaría Escrivá, teacher of prayer in ordinary life

Saint Josemaría Escrivá has a place among the masters of spirituality in the history of the Church, for several reasons. Above all, because he is a saint for our times (he was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002), who spread the universal call [...]
Tags: Contemplation, Javier Echevarria, Prayer, Ordinary life

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