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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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