“I was 26, had God’s grace and good humor and nothing else. And I had to do Opus Dei”.
It was October 2, 1928, the feast of the Guardian Angels. Father Josemaría would never forget the sound of the church bells…
He was doing a retreat during these first few days of October.
The multitude of people these days, the millions of people throughout the world, and so many who await us in heaven, bear witness to the fruitfulness of Don Alvaro’s life, said Bishop Javier Echevarria, Prelate of Opus Dei in Mass of thanksgiving for the beatification of Alvaro del Portillo
Bishop Alvaro del Portillo
Video. In this interview with EWTN, Bishop Javier Echevarria reflects on the life of Alvaro del Portillo, who was beatified in Madrid on Sept. 27.
The beatification of Alvaro del Portillo, the first successor of St. Josemaria as head of Opus Dei, took place this morning before a massive crowd, in a ceremony presided over by the delegate of Pope Francis, Cardinal Angelo Amato.
Alvaro del Portillo's Beatification
Pope Francis’ letter to Msgr. Javier Echevarria, Prelate of Opus Dei, on the occasion of the beatification of Alvaro del Portillo.
MADRID, 27.09.2014 | Pope Francis joined in spirit the beatification of Alvaro del Portillo, Prelate of Opus Dei and first successor of Saint Josemaría, by sending a message to the current Prelate, Bishop Javier Echevarría. Pope Francis expressed his “special joy” at learning of the newly beatified’s “life of humble service to others”, which “began to take shape in the simplicity of family life, through friendship and service to others”.
Special timetable for the Beatification
A place of prayer, housing the mortal remains of Saint Josemaría Escrivá and Bishop Alvaro.
Video. Bishop Álvaro: "A child of God has to be concerned with loving everyone, with understanding everyone, with being affectionate with everyone"
John F. Coverdale, author of "Saxum: The Life of Alvaro del Portillo," was interviewed on EWTN's program "Bookmark." Watch the full interview here.
Bishop Alvaro del Portillo
On September 27, Alvaro del Portillo will be beatified – declared Blessed – by the Church. St Josemaria, founder of Opus Dei, chose Alvaro when he was a very young man to be the one who worked with him most closely all his life.
Because they were always together, St Josemaria only rarely spoke in public about Alvaro del Portillo. Occasionally, when Alvaro was not present, St Josemaria would open his heart to others about Alvaro, whom he thought of as “Saxum”, a rock.
September 29th - 80th Anniversary
Read these counsels slowly. Pause to meditate on these thoughts. They are things that I whisper in your ear—confiding them—as a friend, as a brother, as a father. And they are being heard by God.”
Talking to God
The Pope said: “Jesus’ advice is simple: 'don’t accumulate treasures for yourself on earth!' This is advice to be prudent. Jesus was basically saying, 'Look, they don’t serve any purpose, don’t waste your time!'” Pope Francis, June 20, 2014
St Josemaria is a good guide to the many places in Rome that he himself visited to draw faith from the witness of the early Christians. This collection reveals the main traces of the history of the Catholic Church that are to be found in Rome, the Eternal City. Download in epub format.
Favours obtained through Saint Josemaria's intercession
Paraguay. I applied for a scholarship to Israel but I thought it would be very hard to obtain it. I prayed to St Josemaria.
I have been running a business and things became really bad so I started looking for projects or a job in May. Despite my efforts of working on the first CV in 10 years and meeting up with recruiters nothing happened for two months. In July business hit a new low and the job market was slow.