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June 26 2008 in Rome

Clips from the Mass of St Josemaria celebrated in St Eugene’s Basilica by Bishop Javier Echevarria, Opus Dei prelate.
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August 7: Bishop Javier, Prelate of Opus Dei, celebrates his golden jubilee as a priest

“I cannot fail to recall that a few weeks from now, in August, God willing, I will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood,” said Bishop Javier Echevarria on June 25, in the homily of the Mass he celebrated in Rome for [...]
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The Way of the Cross is not a sad devotion

“The Way of the Cross is not a sad devotion. Msgr. Escrivá taught many times that Christian joy has its roots in the shape of a cross. If the Passion of Christ is a way of pain, it is also a path of hope leading [...]
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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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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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Bishop Javier Echevarría, Prelate of Opus Dei. Rome, June 25, 2005

Dear brothers and sisters, Once again we joyfully celebrate the liturgical feast-day of Saint Josemaría Escrivá, bringing it forward to June 25 this year, as tomorrow is a Sunday. This means that we are commemorating the Founder of Opus Dei on the anniversary of the ordination [...]
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Bishop Javier Echevarria, Prelate of Opus Dei. Rome, October 10, 2002

These unforgettable days of the canonization of Saint Josemaria Escriva are about to come to an end. In a few moments, his venerable remains will be placed once again in the Prelatic Church of St. Mary of Peace, after having been present for the veneration [...]
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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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Bishop Javier Echevarría, Prelate of Opus Dei. Rome, June 26, 2004

Dear Brothers and Sisters, A few days ago, in the Liturgy of the Hours, we priests meditated once again on the choice God made of David as King of Israel.1 The description of the scene is simple and clear. The sacred text says that David was [...]
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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 [...]
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