“Deeds are love – not sweet words”

Bishop Javier Echevarría

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 [...] Tags: Generosity, Javier Echevarria, Ascetical struggle

St Josemaría’s own account of his sister’s death

Andrés Vázquez de Prada

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. Tags: Eucharist, The Escriva family, Death

Teacher of cheerfulness

Jose Luis Soria

Jose Luis Soria was a doctor, later ordained a priest. From then until St Josemaria's death in 1975, he lived and worked with him in Rome. St Josemaria's optimistic attitude to life, says Fr Soria, was part of his temperament, strengthened by his radical awareness of the fact that he was a child of God. Tags: cheerfulness, Divine sonship