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What did Father Josemaria say about the reprisals carried out by Franco’s followers during the Spanish Civil War?

All of the people who talked to hime, stress that his approach was a very unusual one at the time. Whenever the subject of war and war-related violence and atrocities came up, he always talked about forgiveness, and advised people to avoid revenge and seek [...]
Tags: Opus Dei, Politics

Footprints in the Snow

One winter's day Josemaria went out early and saw some bare footprints in the snow. A friar was walking barefoot to offer a sacrifice to God.
Tags: The Escriva family, Footprints in the Snow, Opus Dei, For younger readers, Vocation

Why Burgos?

After getting through the Pyrenees mountains and arriving in Andorra at the end of 1937, Father Josemaria went via France to Pamplona, in the opposite zone of Spain. There, after brief stay, he decided to go to Burgos, where he lived from January 8, 1938 [...]
Tags: Spanish Civil War, History, Freedom, Opus Dei, Politics

How and why did Father Josemaria decide to escape across the Pyrenees Mountains?

Spain was divided into two conflicting zones by the Spanish Civil War. After living in hiding in Madrid for over a year, Father Josemaria found himself faced with a choice of staying on there without knowing how long the situation would drag on, in constant [...]
Tags: Spanish Civil War, History, Opus Dei, Crossing the Pyrenees, Josemaria Escriva

Why did Father Josemaria go into hiding?

The right-wing military coup against the Republican Government of Spain was countered by a leftist revolution in the part of the country under the control of the Popular Front. This revolution was characterized by violent anticlericalism among other things, and the revolutionaries destroyed churches and [...]
Tags: Spanish Civil War, History, Freedom, Madrid, Opus Dei, Josemaria Escriva

Is it true that another priest was killed by mistake for Father Josemaria Escriva?

Hard facts about this episode are difficult to find. In August 1936, the month after the Spanish Civil War started, some women told Dolores Escriva, Father Josemaria’s mother, that someone looking very like him had been hanged in a street in Madrid. Father Josemaria heard [...]
Tags: Spanish Civil War, History, Madrid, Opus Dei, Priesthood

Which side were Opus Dei members on in the Spanish Civil War?

Out of the few people who belonged to Opus Dei at that time, a number were imprisoned in the course of the Spanish Civil War. Most of the others, like any male civilians of military age, were conscripted into the army of the side in [...]
Tags: Spanish Civil War, History, Opus Dei, Franco, Josemaria Escriva

What was Father Josemaria Escriva’s reaction to the attempted military coup of July 18, 1936?

Like most people in Spain, Father Josemaria knew nothing about the military conspiracy against the Republican Government which culminated in the attempted coup on July 18, 1936. The rebellion took him by surprise, and he immediately had to go into hiding as his life was [...]
Tags: Spanish Civil War, History, Freedom, Opus Dei, Politics, Franco

1935-1936: Political and social developments. Deteriorating Political and Social Situation

- Deteriorating political and social situation - Plans for expansion - The descent into chaos - New members and Zorzano’s move to Madrid - Difficulties in the apostolate with priests and women - The last weeks before the Civil War Deteriorating Political and Social Situation As 1935 progressed, the political and social [...]
Tags: Spanish Civil War, Youth, Opus Dei, Vocation, Isidoro Zorzano, Juan Jimenez Vargas, St Raphael work, first members

1928-1936: Historical, political and social situation in Spain

The following is a fairly brief account of the early years of Opus Dei, together with the historical, political and social situation in Spain at the time. It is condensed from chapters 1 and 3-12 of the book Uncommon Faith: The Early Years of Opus [...]
Tags: Suffering, Spanish Civil War, History, Youth, Opus Dei