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Opus Dei Prelate’s greeting to John Paul II, October 7 2002

At the end of the Thanksgiving Mass for the canonization of the Josemaria Escriva, the Holy Father John Paul II met with the participants of the canonization. The following is the greeting given by the Prelate of Opus Dei, Msgr. Javier Echevarría to the Holy [...]
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A Book of Fire

Before me, as I write, sits an old book that the author of The Way gave as a present to a young architect named Ricardo Fernández Vallespín in 1933. On the title page, one can make out, in St. Josemaría’s unmistakable handwriting, a simple three-line [...]
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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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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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A faithful man

Alvaro del Portillo, St Josemaría’s first successor at the head of Opus Dei, was born March 11, 1914. A “good and faithful servant” – words of Jesus Christ in the Gospel, that Pope John Paul II applied to Bishop Alvaro del Portillo. Bishop Javier Echevarria says: [...]
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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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He put all his love into saying Holy Mass

Msgr Javier Echevarría saw from close at hand, from 1953 onwards, how St Josemaría prepared to celebrate Mass, how he said it, how he did his thanksgiving afterwards, and how he prolonged it throughout the day. The following is an extract from Msgr Echevarría’s book [...]
Tags: Gratitude, Eucharist, Faith, Javier Echevarria, Prayer, Piety, Priesthood
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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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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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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 [...]
Tags: Cross, Javier Echevarria, Jesus Christ, The Way of the Cross