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London, August 1958: You can’t, but I can!

Andrés Vazquez de Prada

The founder of Opus Dei first visited London in 1958. He stayed from the beginning of August to the middle of September. He returned in each of the following years until 1962. In 1958, he arrived on August 4 and the following day wrote on the back of a holy picture, Sancta Maria, Sedes Sapientiae, filios tuos adiuva (Holy Mary, Seat of Wisdom, help your children); Oxford, Cambridge, 5-VIII-58. Tags: Apostolate, rest, Faith

“A Home from Home” in the UK

James Pereiro

St Josemaría Escrivá personally encouraged the setting up of Netherhall House in the 1950s as a residence for students from all over the world. He spent several summers in Britain between 1958 and 1962, and considered London a "crossroads of the world" where different cultures could enrich one another and work together for building a better society. Read here the article "Netherhall House, London (1960-1984): The Commonwealth dimension". Tags: Youth, Opus Dei, UK

The Founder of Opus Dei in Ars

St Josemaria always had recourse to the intercession of the Curé of Ars, who is the patron of secular clergy, with great faith. His first journey to the town of Ars, to see the place where St John Marie Vianney worked as a priest and to pray at his tomb, was in 1953. Tags: Priesthood, trips

Christian Parents

Esther Toranzo

St Josemaría learned the first lessons of Christian life, of joyful service to others, in his life with his parents: José Escriva and Dolores Albas. Tags: Barbastro, Cross, History

Mount Carmel and the Stella Maris Church

J. Gil

On the Mediterranean coast stands Mount Carmel, which evokes Elijah and Elisha, two great Old Testament prophets; and also the Carmelite Order, with its widespread tradition of the Carmelite scapular. Tags: Faith, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

Carmen Escrivá

Msgr. Alvaro del Portillo

On July 16, the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, St Josemaría Escrivá's sister, Carmen, used to celebrate her saint day. Throughout her life, Carmen helped to bring the warmth that characterized the Escrivá family home to the supernatural family St Josemaria had started. Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, The Escriva family, Opus Dei, Administration, Carmen Escrivá

What do Saints Work at from Heaven?

Joaquín Alonso

In preparation for the feast-day of St. Josemaria Escriva (June 26th), Msgr. Joaquin Alonso explains how, as he promised, he is interceding for us from heaven. Tags: Holiness, June 26, favours of the founder of Opus Dei

St Josemaria Escriva in Argentina

On June 7, 1974, the founder of Opus Dei, Msgr Josemaria Escriva, arrived in Argentina, wishing to carry out an intense catechetical apostolate. During his stay in Argentina he had many encounters with people in Opus Dei, families and friends. In these gatherings he talked about the great themes that move the world: God and men, life and death, suffering and joy, love and the fight against sin. Tags: Catechetical trips

Saint Josemaría’s love for the Eucharist

Bishop Javier Echevarría

Saint Josemaría often talked about the need for Christian life to be essentially Eucharistic. He summed it up in a classic phrase: having a “Eucharistic soul”. Tags: Love of God, Eucharist, Javier Echevarria, Piety, Priesthood

The place of the Ascension

J. Gil

Jesus Christ our Lord accomplished the work of redeeming mankind principally by the Paschal mystery of his blessed Passion, Resurrection from the dead, and glorious Ascension (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1067). Here we will look at the last of these three events, marking the end of his life on earth. “Many things have happened since our Lord was born in Bethlehem. We have thought of him in the manger, worshipped by the shepherds and the Magi; we have contemplated those long years of unpretentious work in Nazareth; we have gone with him all through the land of Palestine, as he preached the kingdom of God to men and went about doing good to all. And later on, during the days of his passion, we have suffered on seeing him accused and ill-treated and crucified. Tags: Apostolate, Faith, Christ Is Passing By, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

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