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Pope: Pray that the Roman Curia and I may listen to the voice of Jesus

Video. (Rome Reports). During his weekly Angelus prayer, Pope Francis discussed the Gospel passage about how Jesus was tempted in the desert. "The desert is the place where the voice of God and the voice of the tempter can be heard. In the noise, in [...]
Tags: Retreat, Rome, Lent, Angelus, Pope Francis

Francis Cardinal Arinze

"If any priest takes offense at this use of the figure of the donkey, then may I advise him to read the following remarks by Saint Josemaria Escriva: Jesus makes do with a poor animal for a throne. I don't know about you; but I am [...]
Tags: Donkey, Retreat, Priesthood, Pope Benedict XVI, Christ Is Passing By

Point 42 of The Way

I first came into contact with Opus Dei when a doctor in my parish began holding monthly social gatherings for parishioners at his home. One day he invited a priest of Opus Dei to give a talk. I seem to recall, that the talk wasn’t [...]
Tags: The Way, Opus Dei, Retreat, Work, Character

We started calling him Father

I remember that I met the Father – that was what we called St Josemaria – after the end of the Spanish Civil War. He used to come to Valladolid with some other people in Opus Dei, and began to meet university students, among them my [...]
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Helping Priests

“I began to give many, many retreats — they used to last seven days at that time — in a number of Spanish dioceses. I was very young and it embarrassed me. I always began by going to our Lord and saying to him: ‘You’ll have [...]
Tags: Cross, Retreat, Priesthood

I had never been to anything like it in my life

A friend invited me to go to a morning of recollection. I had never been to anything like that in my whole life… I started to read the Gospel and to pray with The Way. It was a totally different world. One of the ideas [...]
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The Founding of Opus Dei

John F. Coverdale, in his book Uncommon Faith, tells how Opus Dei was founded. Tuesday, October 2, 1928, feast of the Guardian Angels, was the second day of a week-long retreat for diocesan priests being given in the house of the Vincentians in the outskirts of [...]
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He asked me to let him stay there alone for a little while

The Augustinian Father José Llamas Simón met Saint Josemaría in 1944, when the founder of Opus Dei was preaching a spiritual retreat to the Community of the Royal Monastery of Saint Lawrence in El Escorial, Madrid. In the testimony he wrote for the Cause of [...]
Tags: Eucharist, Jesus Christ, Prayer, Retreat