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A place of sanctification

On March 28, in the Hall of Blessings at the Vatican, Pope Francis received 600 participants in the annual course of the internal forum organised by the Apostolic Penitentiary. For the past 25 years this dicastery has offered this course to deacons and newly ordained [...]
Tags: Repentance, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Contrition, Holy Spirit, Sacraments, Holiness, Love, Pope Benedict XVI, Josemaria Escriva, mercy
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Canonized 9 years after his death

Nine years ago today Pope John Paul II died, with a reputation for sanctity, at 21:37 in the papal apartment. Shortly before, in the same room, at 20:00, Msgr. Stanislaw Dziwisz had celebrated the Mass of the following day, Divine Mercy Sunday. On this anniversary [...]
Tags: Canonization, Pope John Paul II, Holiness, mercy
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Anniversary of St Josemaria’s ordination to the priesthood

On Wednesday, January 9, 1918, Josemaría turned sixteen. The city of Logroño lay peaceful under a heavy snowfall. The temperature hovered around zero degrees Fahrenheit. No one went out unless they absolutely had to. José had found work in Logroño as a sales clerk in [...]
Tags: Love of God, Footprints in the Snow, Logroño, Prayer, Priesthood, Holiness, The Will of God, Saragossa, calling
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Cardinal remembers Opus Dei priest as man ‘chosen by God’

By CNA, Elise Harris (Eurasiareview) During a special conference commemorating the life of deceased Opus Dei leader Msgr. Alvaro del Portillo, Cardinal Julian Herranz noted the priest’s model of holiness for the Church. “The image of Fr. Alvaro del Portillo, who appears in the Second Vatican council [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Priesthood, Holiness, Vatican II, Beatification
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Approaching the Church through the saints

By Dwight G. Duncan US (The Boston Pilot). Pope Benedict XVI famously said, "To me art and the saints are the greatest apologetics for our faith." In that regard, we have been particularly fortunate to have lived alongside and witnessed the powerful example of some [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Church, Holiness, Beatification
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Conversion, contrition, Love

I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance. (St Luke’s Gospel, 15:7) When am I going to convert? My God, when am I [...]
Tags: Repentance, Contrition, Conversion, Holiness, Love
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To be a good Christian, be a good teacher

St. Josemaría said that the spirit of Opus Dei contains the marvelous truth that all worthy and upright human undertakings can be turned into divine ones. Many people have experienced a complete turnaround in their lives when they came to know this teaching, sometimes after [...]
Tags: Holiness, Work
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An Introduction to Opus Dei

Video. Finding Christ in the middle of the world. Australian people tell how St Josemaria´s teachings help them to discover God in their ordinary life. "God is calling you to serve Him in and from the ordinary, material and secular activities of human life. He waits [...]
Tags: Opus Dei, Holiness, Ordinary life
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The desire for God

My soul is longing and yearning for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Psalm 84:3 Allow your soul to be consumed by desires – desires for loving, for being forgotten, for holiness, for Heaven. Do not stop [...]
Tags: Love of God, Holy Spirit, Holiness
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Pope's General Audience: The Church is Holy despite the sins of its members

During his general audience in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis talked about contradictions. He explained that the Church is holy, despite the sins and flaws of its members, including that of popes. He explained that people don't make the Church holy, but [...]
Tags: Church, Holiness, Year of Faith, Pope Francis