The Temple at Jerusalem

J. Gil

For Christians Jerusalem, the Holy City, holds the most precious memories of our Savior’s life on earth, because it was here that Jesus died and rose again from the dead. It was also the scene of his preaching and miracles, and of the institution of the Blessed Eucharist. Tags: Faith, History, Holy Land, In the footprints of our Faith

A truck and a song

Miguel Aranguren, Harambee cultural committee, Writer

"I first met Africa in Kenya. What’s more, for me Africa is Kenya, because every time I went to that marvelous country I had the sensation of traveling along the roads of an entire continent. In the minds of Africans, Africa is perceived as a whole, above and beyond the geopolitical boundaries." Presentation for Harambee-Africa’s tenth anniversary celebration in Rome, given by Miguel Aranguren, writer, member of Harambee’s cultural committee. Tags: Harambee

A homage in flowers

Bessie Briones made a unique contribution to St Josemaria’s canonization ceremony – she designed the floral decoration for the steps of St Peter’s. Here she shares her memories of the project. Tags: Canonization, October 6

St Josemaria Escriva, teacher

Pablo Pérez López

An article on the classes of ethics and professional morality given by St Josemaria as part of the official journalism course in Madrid, 1940-1941. Tags: Education, Job, Communication

St Josemaria and education

St Josemaria’s vision of education, in theory and in practice, is the subject of an article recently published in the academic journal International Studies in Catholic Education. Everyone’s need for access to education was something he felt deeply, stemming from his zeal for souls and his conviction that, in our Lord’s words, “The truth will make you free”. Tags: Education

Development Strategies Inspired by St. Josemaría

Dr. Bernardo M. Villegas

Development is a multi-faceted word that is shared by academics and social scientists, on one hand, and policy makers and program implementors on the other. The purpose of this paper is to present the concrete examples of initiatives for attaining authentic human development all over the world that have been inspired by the teachings of St. Josemaría Escrivá, Founder of Opus Dei. Tags: Solidarity, development, Society, Philippines

What was Father Josemaria Escriva’s reaction to the attempted military coup of July 18, 1936?

Like most people in Spain, Father Josemaria knew nothing about the military conspiracy against the Republican Government which culminated in the attempted coup on July 18, 1936. The rebellion took him by surprise, and he immediately had to go into hiding as his life was in danger in Madrid. Tags: Spanish Civil War, History, Freedom, Opus Dei, Politics, Franco

A faithful man

Msgr. Javier Echevarria

Alvaro del Portillo, St Josemaría’s first successor at the head of Opus Dei, was born March 11, 1914. A “good and faithful servant” – words of Jesus Christ in the Gospel, that Pope John Paul II applied to Bishop Alvaro del Portillo. Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Faith, Faithfulness, Javier Echevarria

Homily given by the Prelate of Opus Dei for the feast-day of St Josemaria Escriva, 2012

Bishop Javier Echevarria

The invitation to work, to complement the work of creation, is the primordial vocation of every woman and every man. Rightly, then, did St Josemaria say that any honest work is “an indispensable means which God has entrusted to us here on this earth. It is meant to fill out our days and make us sharers in God’s creative power. It enables us to earn our living and, at the same time, to reap ‘the fruits of eternal life’” Tags: Javier Echevarria, Work, June 26, Year of Faith


Carmen Escriva, affectionately known to people in Opus Dei as “Aunt Carmen”, who had helped her brother unconditionally right from the start, died in Rome on June 20, 1957. The Founder of Opus Dei said, “The tears were over the very moment she died: I am happy now, my sons, and grateful to Our Lord who has taken her to Heaven, looking forward to it very much." Tags: The Escriva family, Carmen Escrivá


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