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Pope: Pray for your pastors, so that they don't become mediocre

Video. Rome Reports. The cold and rain weren't an obstacle for the thousands of pilgrims who filled St. Peter's Square in his weekly General Audience. Pope Francis couldn't help but notice all the umbrellas covering the square. "I can see that you're brave...under all this [...]
Tags: Priesthood, Sacraments, Pope Francis

Anniversary of St Josemaria’s ordination to the priesthood

On Wednesday, January 9, 1918, Josemaría turned sixteen. The city of Logroño lay peaceful under a heavy snowfall. The temperature hovered around zero degrees Fahrenheit. No one went out unless they absolutely had to. José had found work in Logroño as a sales clerk in [...]
Tags: Love of God, Footprints in the Snow, Logroño, Prayer, Priesthood, Holiness, The Will of God, Saragossa, calling

Cardinal remembers Opus Dei priest as man ‘chosen by God’

By CNA, Elise Harris (Eurasiareview) During a special conference commemorating the life of deceased Opus Dei leader Msgr. Alvaro del Portillo, Cardinal Julian Herranz noted the priest’s model of holiness for the Church. “The image of Fr. Alvaro del Portillo, who appears in the Second Vatican council [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Priesthood, Holiness, Vatican II, Beatification

Centenary of Jose Maria Hernandez Garnica's Birth

Jose Maria Hernandez Garnica was born in Madrid on 17 November 1913. He gained three doctorates: in Mining Engineering, Natural Science, and Theology. He joined Opus Dei on 28 July 1935. He died in Barcelona on December 7, 1972. He responded generously to God's specific call, and [...]
Tags: Barcelona, Sickness, Church, Priesthood, Vocation, Ireland, UK, Josemaria Escriva, Austria, Switzerland

New issue of Studia et Documenta published

The seventh issue of Studia et Documenta, the journal published once a year by the Instituto Historico San Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer in Rome, has now appeared, containing different studies on unpublished documents about the history of Opus Dei. One of the Spanish-language articles about hitherto [...]
Tags: Priesthood, The DYA academy, Austria

The New Evangelization, the Priest and the Challenge of Secular Morality

Text of the message sent by His Eminence Cardinal Sarah to a conference for priests held in Thornycroft Hall (Manchester, UK) in March 2013. The Cardinal had been due to deliver this lecture but was unable to attend because of the Conclave. "Since last October 11th, [...]
Tags: Church, Priesthood, Year of Faith

Holy Mass

During his catechesis in Spain in 1972, St Josemaria spoke of the importance of the Holy Mass and the ministerial priesthood.
Tags: Eucharist, Priesthood, Holy Mass

St Josemaria talks about the mission of priests

A university lecturer asks St Josemaria about the role of priests in today's world. This was in the setting of a gathering in Brazil, June 1, 1974, when St Josemaria was in the fiftieth year of his own priesthood. - Father, I'm a university lecturer. [...]
Tags: Priesthood, Brasil, Josemaria Escriva

Because of a book I read in prison

I was 29 and had been in prison in Spain for two years after committing a crime. At that time I saw God as being very far from my life. I thought he was in heaven and I was on earth. The only thing I [...]
Tags: Priesthood, Friends of God, writings of the founder of Opus Dei

Janitor in Buenos Aires

What I’m going to write about began six years ago. I used to walk to work – it was just 300 meters from home. I went past the same buildings every day, saying “Good morning” or “Good evening” to the janitors working at the entrances [...]
Tags: Friendship, Apostolate, Priesthood, Sacraments, Devotion