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Unconditional

Carmen Escrivá – affectionately known to people in Opus Dei as “Aunt Carmen”. She was part of the early history of Opus Dei, to which she dedicated her whole life, with generous availability, joy and self-sacrifice. Carmen, who had helped her brother unconditionally right from [...]
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January 9, 1902 - Josemaría Escriva's arrival into the world

Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer was born in the Spanish city of Barbastro on January 9,1902, and died in Rome on June 26,1975. A few weeks before his death, trying to bring his life into sharp focus, he expressed a deep awareness of Divine Providence: "Our Lord [...]
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If Opus Dei had no members till the 1930s, why did Josemaria Escriva say it was founded in 1928?

Father Josemaria always said that “Opus Dei was founded on October 2, 1928,” because that was the day that God made him “see” Opus Dei, and what he had to do, deep in his soul. From that moment on, Opus Dei (which didn’t yet even [...]
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Why did Josemaria’s father’s business fail?

Between 1912 and 1915 the effects of successive bad harvests impacted on textile sales. At the same time, a former partner in the family business opened up a competing business in the same town, which he had previously committed himself not to do under the [...]
Tags: Barbastro, The Escriva family, Poverty, Josemaria Escriva
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What sort of childhood did Josemaria Escriva have?

Josemaria’s home town was Barbastro, a small but prosperous city with its own cathedral, in the north-east of Spain. Although at that time, in the first decade of the twentieth century, much of Spain was suffering the effects of the loss of its overseas colonies, [...]
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Was the Escriva family well off or short of money?

Both, at different times. Josemaria Escriva was born in 1902 into a comfortably-off middle-class family. His father co-owned a textile business called “Juncosa y Escriva”. However, when Josemaria was ten the family business ran into difficulties and money became tight, and when the business finally [...]
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St. Josemaría´s life

St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer was born in Barbastro, Spain, on January 9, 1902, the second of six children of Jose and Dolores Escriva. Growing up in a devout family and attending Catholic schools, he learned the basic truths of the faith and practices such [...]
Tags: The Escriva family, Founding of Opus Dei, God’s glory
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With my brother Josemaria in Madrid (1927-37)

Santiago Escriva (1919-1994) was the younger brother of saint Josemaria. After the death of Opus Dei's founder, he wrote down some of his memories of his brother, excerpts of which are presented here. Carmen was their older sister. In March 1927, when Josemaria set off for [...]
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Death of Don José Escrivá, November 27, 1924

On November 27, 1924, Josemaría received a telegram from his mother asking him to come to Logroño because his father had come down with a serious illness. He took the train that very afternoon. At Logroño station he was met by Manuel Ceniceros, a godson [...]
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St Josemaría’s own account of his sister’s death

After St Josemaría died, a sealed envelope was found among his papers. Written on it were the words, “Not to be opened until my death. Mariano, 2-VII-1957.” Inside were six handwritten sheets that read as follows: When Alvaro told me that the doctor gave my sister [...]
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