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Loving the world in God and for God

Bishop Javier Echevarria’s contribution to a symposium on the history of the Church in Spain and Latin America, held in Seville, Spain, 2002 and entitled “Witnesses of the 20th century, teachers of the 21st”. Bishop Echevarria, prelate of Opus Dei, said that the seed that [...]
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Saint Josemaría Escrivá, teacher of prayer in ordinary life

Saint Josemaría Escrivá has a place among the masters of spirituality in the history of the Church, for several reasons. Above all, because he is a saint for our times (he was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002), who spread the universal call [...]
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Bishop Javier Echevarría, Prelate of Opus Dei. Rome, June 26, 2008

Dear brothers and sisters, All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God (Rom 8:14). This is the astounding truth which the second reading of today’s Mass recalls, in the words of St Paul to the Romans. It is an essential truth [...]
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How the Founder of Opus Dei experienced the Sacrament of Reconciliation

In the book-length interview in which Bishop Javier Echevarría relates his memories of Saint Josemaría, founder of Opus Dei, Salvador Bernal says: “Meditating on the Cross also gave rise, in Msgr. Escrivá’s soul, to contrition and a spirit of atonement, culminating in his reception of [...]
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Opus Dei Prelature

The following are some words by the present Prelate of Opus Dei, Bishop Javier Echevarría, on the significance of the establishment of Opus Dei as a personal prelature of the Catholic Church. The pontifical act by which the Opus Dei prelature was established on November 28, [...]
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November 2, 1948: Javier Echevarría, currently Opus Dei’s Prelate, met St Josemaría for the first time

“Javi!” And he added, in a much weaker voice, as Fr Javier came into the room, “I don’t feel well.” Those were the last words on earth of St Josemaría, founder of Opus Dei. It was mid-day on June 26, 1975, in Rome. Fr. Javier [...]
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“Deeds are love – not sweet words”

Bishop Javier Echevarría recalls the divine locution that gave rise to n. 933 in The Way: “There is a story of a soul who, on saying to our Lord in prayer, ‘Jesus, I love you,’ heard this reply from heaven: ‘Love means deeds, not sweet [...]
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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 [...]
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Saint Josemaría’s love for the Eucharist

Saint Josemaría often talked about the need for Christian life to be essentially Eucharistic. He summed it up in a classic phrase: having a “Eucharistic soul”. He liked to make explicit acts of faith in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament: “I [...]
Tags: Love of God, Eucharist, Javier Echevarria, Piety, Priesthood
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Close to the Pope

When Saint Josemaría Escrivá was very young he used to dream of getting close to the Pope even for only a few moments, to have the chance of showing him his love and readiness to serve him. Msgr Javier Echevarría says: “His joy when he [...]
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