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Homily of John Paul II in the Canonization of the founder of Opus Dei

1. "All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God" (Rom 8,14). These words of the Apostle Paul, which we have just heard, help us understand better the significant message of today's canonization of Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer. With docility he [...]
Tags: Apostolate, Canonization, Pope John Paul II, Prayer, Interior life, Vocation

What drives development is a Christian heart

The Christian heart and social development. Reflections on St Josemaria's teachings. A paper given by Bishop Javier Echevarria, Prelate of Opus Dei, for the Study Day in commemoration of Harambee’s tenth anniversary, October 5, 2012. Dear friends of Harambee-Africa, The tenth anniversary of your association leads us directly [...]
Tags: Canonization, Charity, Javier Echevarria, Opus Dei prelate, Harambee, October 6

A homage in flowers

An insight into the making of the floral carpet. Bessie Briones, from the Philippines, shares her experiences and simple adventures that she and other people who worked with her, have gone through. It all started with the desire of a man from Ecuador who wanted [...]
Tags: Canonization, October 6

Msgr. Javier Echevarría, Prelate of Opus Dei. St. Peter Square, October 7, 2002

Laudate Dominum omnes gentes (Ps 116/117:1). Praise the Lord, all you nations. The invitation of the Responsorial Psalm, which resounded a few moments ago, constitutes an excellent summary of the sentiments that overflow from our hearts today: Deo omnis gloria! To God be [...]
Tags: Canonization, Javier Echevarria

Decree introducing the cause of beatification and canonization of Msgr Escriva, May 12, 1981

On February 19, 1981, Cardinal Poletti, the Pope’s Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, published the Decree introducing the cause of canonization of the founder of Opus Dei. The Decree set the opening session of the cause for May 12 of that same year. The [...]
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The work that Escrivá did not want to found. The story of a priest who became a saint

It was October 6, 2002, and St Peter’s Square, which has seen so many crowds, had never seen one quite so vast. I have a privileged memory of it all, at least the visuals, because I was helping Giuseppe De Carli with the television transmission. [...]
Tags: Abandonment to God, Canonization, Pope John Paul II, Priesthood

Bishop Javier Echevarría, Prelate of Opus Dei, on the First Anniversary of the Canonization of Saint Josemaría. Rome, October 6, 2003

Dear brothers and sisters, A year has gone by since the happy day of the canonization of Saint Josemaría Escrivá. I cannot fail to recall how, in the long months of spiritual preparation for that grace-filled event, my thoughts dwelt especially on one point: that the [...]
Tags: Gratitude, Canonization, Conversion, Opus Dei prelate

Holiness is for all

Msgr. Kevin Manning, Bishop of the Diocesis of Parramatta (Australia) has published an article about the canonization of Josemaria Escriva in the monthly newspaper Catholic Outlook. He relates the canonization to the 40th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. The Council underlined the universal call [...]
Tags: Canonization, Jesus Christ, Holiness, Ordinary life

Opus Dei Prelate’s greeting to John Paul II, October 7 2002

At the end of the Thanksgiving Mass for the canonization of the Josemaria Escriva, the Holy Father John Paul II met with the participants of the canonization. The following is the greeting given by the Prelate of Opus Dei, Msgr. Javier Echevarría to the Holy [...]
Tags: Canonization, Javier Echevarria, Pope John Paul II, Pope

Archbishop Oscar Romero: Letter to the Pope on Escriva's death

A letter written to the Pope by El Salvadorean Bishop Oscar Romero on July 12, 1975, requesting the opening of a cause for St Josemaria’s canonization. Bishop Romero was killed while celebrating Holy Mass in 1980. "Most Blessed Father, I regard the still-recent day of the death [...]
Tags: Canonization, Pope John Paul II, Holiness