St Josemaria and the Archangels

On Thursday, October 6, 1932, while St Josemaria Escriva was praying in the chapel of Saint John of the Cross during his retreat at the Discalced Carmelite monastery in Segovia, he was for the first time inwardly moved to invoke the three archangels and the three apostles Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, and Saints Peter, Paul, and John. From that moment on he considered them the patrons of the different fields of apostolate that would make up Opus Dei. Tags: Angels, Apostolate, Opus Dei

The Archangels: Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

Benedict XVI

We are celebrating the Feast of the three Archangels who are mentioned by name in Scripture: Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. But what is an Angel? Tags: Angels, Pope Benedict XVI

St Josemaria and Our Lady of Mercy, Barcelona

Marc Argemí

St Josemaria Escriva was a devotee of the Blessed Virgin Mary his whole life long. Each of her titles found a place in his heart and some took on special resonance at particular eras in his life. One of these was Our Lady of Mercy, patron of Barcelona, Spain. Tags: Gratitude, Barcelona, History, Our Lady

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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


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