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How Many Conversions ... Began in a Confessional

Dear Friends, I am very glad to address to each one of you my most cordial welcome. I greet Cardinal Fortunato Baldelli, Major Penitentiary, and I thank him for his courteous words. I greet Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, Regent of the Penitentiary, the personnel, the co-workers and [...]
Tags: Sacrament of Reconciliation, Pope, Sacraments, Pope Benedict XVI, Penance

March 28, 1925: Priest of Jesus Christ

In the fifth week of Lent, on the Saturday before Passion Sunday, March 28, 1925, Bishop Miguel de los Santos Diaz Gómara, Bishop of Tagora, conferred priestly ordination on Josemaria Escriva in the Church of the Royal Seminary of San Carlos, Saragossa. Another nine deacons [...]
Tags: Priesthood, Sacraments, Holy Mass, calling


In the homily “A Priest Forever” St Josemaria reflects on the Holy Mass; the nature of the Catholic priesthood, its dignity and necessity; and the relationship between priests and lay-people in the Church. The following are some excerpts from it. The full text can be downloaded [...]
Tags: Order, Priesthood, Sacraments, Priestly Society of the Holy Cross

5th Luminous Mystery: The Institution of the Eucharist

And when the hour had come, he reclined at table, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said to them, ‘I have greatly desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you that I will eat of it [...]
Tags: Eucharist, Generosity, Grace, Sacraments, Holy Rosary

Preparing dinner acquires infinite value

I was impressed by Josemaria Escriva’s love for the Sacraments. The Mass “the center and root of the Christian life,” is more and more for me, as it was for Josemaria Escriva, the center of my days. Since the beginning, I was amazed by the [...]
Tags: Love of God, Sacraments, Work

God's instrument for the Work

The life of the founder of Opus Dei was the most eloquent application of his message. The lesson of every saint becomes explicit in the coherence between his life, his preaching and his writings. Saint Josemaría spoke of "the mute eloquence" of works: "Love [...]
Tags: The Way, Citizenship, Contemplation, Faith, Jesus Christ, Prayer, Sacraments, Supernatural outlook, Vocation

Priestly Fraternity in the Life of Josemaría Escrivá

Bishop Javier Echevarria, who worked with St Josemaria for many years and is now the prelate of Opus Dei, explains how St Josemaria saw the priesthood and taught others to see it – a life of unity and fraternity in close identification with Christ. Above [...]
Tags: Priesthood, Sacraments, Following Christ

Eucharist: Sanctity and Salvation

As regards personal sanctification, Saint Josemaría did not hesitate to state that the Eucharist is “the centre and root of the spiritual life”, as the Second Vatican Council would later repeat. In his lifetime, Saint Josemaría encouraged hundreds of thousands of men and women to [...]
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Priestly Holiness and Ministry: Priests that Love the Mass

“A priest's worth can be measured by the way he lives his Mass.”--St Josemaria When I was a young man serving Mass at my local parish, I was struck by one particular priest who was resident in the parish. He was a veteran of the [...]
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Letter to the faithful of the Prelature and cooperators of Opus Dei

Rome, 3 April 2005 May Jesus watch over my daughters and sons for me! My dearest children: We were already preparing for the painful event of the death of our much-loved Pope John Paul II, who, yet more frequently in these last years and months, offered the [...]
Tags: Love of God, Beauty, Eucharist, Faith, Pope, Sacraments, Interior life