Mount Tabor: Basilica of the Transfiguration

J. Gil

From the earliest times the fertile Esdraelon plain in Galilee has been criss-crossed by paths and caravan trails. Travellers coming down from Mesopotamia and Syria, after following the shoreline of Lake Gennesareth. Those coming from the south, from Mount Hebron, following the route from Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Samaria, travelled northwards, passing close to Nazareth. The solitary peak of Mount Tabor towers over the plain. Tags: Faith, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

The history of the Christmas Crib

From the beginning of December, many churches and Christian family homes put up a crèche or crib representing the birth of Jesus. Some shops and businesses do the same; it is a long-standing tradition that has become part of the culture of many different countries. Tags: Contemplation, Christmas

How did St Josemaria celebrate Christmas?

Christmas is a very special time. We share some memories of St. Josemaria and his love for the Christ Child and the Holy Family, and how he took care of the people who lived with him. Tags: Joy, Faith, Spiritual childhood, Piety, family, Christmas, Christmas carol, Josemaria Escriva

Forever in thanksgiving

Celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving Day has been an annual holiday in the US since 1863. It is also a time for many people to give thanks for what they have. But Thanksgiving is overall a part of Christian life, as we realize how much God has done for us and for others. St Josemaria developed gratitude as a virtue throughout his life, as those who lived with him recall. Tags: Abandonment to God, Gratitude, Alvaro del Portillo, Javier Echevarria, Opus Dei

St Josemaría’s writings serve as an inspiration for theology

Fernando Ocáriz

"What impetus can theology receive from the teachings of Saint Josemaría", is the title of the address given by Mgr. Fernado Ocariz on November 2013, during the conference “Saint Josemaria and Theological Thought” held at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.
These are some except of the address published in no. 57 of the journal Romana. Tags: Love of God, Gospel, Faith, Church, Holiness, Unity of life, Interior life, Ordinary life, God, Josemaria Escriva, writings of the founder of Opus Dei

Pope Paul VI offered Mass for St Josemaria’s soul

Pablo VI

On June 27, 1975, Pope Paul VI offered the holy Mass for the soul of Msgr. Josemaria Escriva, “such a faithful son”, whose death represented a great loss for the Church. Tags: Pope, Pope Paul VI

“I don’t want to go to Purgatory!”

Pilar Urbano

Sofia Varvaro, a young Italian of the Work, had been diagnosed as having cancer, and the doctors thought she had only a few months to live. Monsignor Escriva said he wanted to go and see her immediately. He started talking to Sofia before he had even entered her room. “Sofia, figlia mia! My daughter!” Tags: Charity, Heaven, Sickness, Optimism

November 2, 1948: Javier Echevarría, currently Opus Dei’s Prelate, met St Josemaría for the first time

Bishop Javier Echevarría and Salvador Bernal

“Javi!” And he added, in a much weaker voice, as Fr Javier came into the room, “I don’t feel well.” Those were the last words on earth of St Josemaría, founder of Opus Dei. It was mid-day on June 26, 1975, in Rome. Fr. Javier Echevarría was the person to whom that final phrase was addressed, after twenty-five years of daily life together. Tags: Love of God, Charity, Javier Echevarria, Madrid

Tabgha: the Church of the Multiplication

J. Gil

Tabgha, in the Holy Land, was the site of a miracle worked by Jesus: the multiplication of the five loaves and two fish, with which our Lord fed five thousand men. Tags: Faith, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

Bethany: Shrine of the Raising of Lazarus

J. Gil

The Gospels tell us that Jesus had no place to rest his head, but they also tell us that he had many good, close friends, eager to have him stay in their homes (Christ is Passing By, 108). Outstanding among those friends were Martha, Mary and Lazarus, three siblings who lived in Bethany Tags: Faith, History, Year of Faith, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith


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