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Pope Francis: Blessed Alvaro loved and served the Church with a heart devoid of any worldly interest

Madrid, 27 September: The beatification of Alvaro del Portillo, the first successor of St. Josemaria as head of Opus Dei, took place this morning before a massive crowd, in a ceremony presided over by the delegate of Pope Francis, Cardinal Angelo Amato, who was [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Humility, Church, Sacraments, Holiness, Beatification
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People from 80 different nationalities expected in Madrid

The future blessed was the first successor of St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer at the head of Opus Dei. People from 80 different nationalities have confirmed their attendance in Valdebebas (Madrid) at the beatification on Saturday 27 September of Alvaro del Portillo. The ceremony will take [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Charity, Church, Pope John Paul II, Holiness, Solidarity, Our Lady of Peace, Beatification
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St Josemaria speaks about Alvaro del Portillo

On September 27, Alvaro del Portillo will be beatified – declared Blessed – by the Church. St Josemaria, founder of Opus Dei, chose Alvaro when he was a very young man to be the one who worked with him most closely all his life. Because they [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Faithfulness, Fortitude, Generosity, Holiness, Virtues, Josemaria Escriva
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A great discovery!

Video. "My name is Kyamummi Irene. I am a Ugandan.I'm a medical doctor by profession, I come for a family of 8 children, and my family is Protestant. I got to know about the Catholic Church when I was in the university, through a friend of [...]
Tags: Apostolate, Conversion, Eucharist, Holiness, Service, Pope Francis
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I learnt from him the true meaning of Love for the Church

Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, simply Don Alvaro, was truly a mentor and a father to all his children in Opus Dei. While loving all, it also was obvious the opportunities he sought to address priests, and more specially his priest sons, who he knew play [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Church, Pope John Paul II, Holiness, Love, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross
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Is holiness for me?

He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him… in love. St Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 1:4-5. All for love All for Love! This is the way of holiness, the way of happiness. Face up to [...]
Tags: Ascetical struggle, Holiness, Unity of life, The Will of God, Josemaria Escriva
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Detachment

We read in St Luke’s Gospel (9:59-61): “To another he said, ‘Follow me.’ But he said, ‘Lord, let me first go and bury my father.’ But he said to him, ‘Leave the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim [...]
Tags: Justice, Poverty, Holiness
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St. Josemaría, Teacher of Forgiveness (Part 1)

This study published in no. 52 of of the journal Romana, it focuses on some aspects of St. Josemaría’s teachings on forgiveness and their relevance in fostering a peaceful co-existence. Because of its length, it will be published in two parts. The founder of Opus [...]
Tags: Humility, Freedom, Holiness, Love, family, Forgiveness, Josemaria Escriva
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Towards Holiness

Audio in English of the homily: "Towards Holiness", given by St Josemaria on November 26, 1967. Published in Friends of God. We are deeply moved, and our hearts profoundly shaken, when we listen attentively to that cry of St Paul: 'This is God's will for you, [...]
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I'm called to be a saint

Video. In this clip from Passionately Loving the World, Chris Blunt talks about the profound effect that St. Josemaria's teachings have had on his faith. "I am called to be a saint. And the way that I do that is through my ordinary work. [...]
Tags: Passionately Loving the World, Marriage, Holiness, Work, Ordinary life, Vocation, US