In water up to the neck

Andrés Vázquez de Prada

Sensing collapse, Saint Josemaria sent out an SOS, in hopes that the Lord would put an end to a difficult moment. He had decided to consecrate Opus Dei to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. To the members in Mexico he wrote: “Soon I will do the consecration to the Sacred Heart. Help me prepare for it” He added as a postscript: “SOS: We are still in water up to the neck. And also with the same trust in God our Father.” Tags: Suffering, Opus Dei, Poverty, Opus Dei members, Consecrations of Opus Dei


St Josemaria first went to Fatima in 1945. He said that it had been the Blessed Virgin who opened the gates of Portugal to him.(1) This was because he went at the request of Sor Lucia, then living in Tui, Spain. He traveled to Portugal in February and visited Fatima although it had not been in his plan to do so. He went back to Fatima on several occasions afterwards, impelled by his great love for our Lady. Tags: Holy Rosary, Our Lady

Álvaro del Portillo

S. Bernal

September 15, 1975, soon after St Josemaría died and went to Heaven, Msgr. Alvaro del Portillo was chosen to succeed him by a general elective congress of Opus Dei. Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Opus Dei

St Josemaria and the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Javier Echevarria

Bishop Javier Echevarria, prelate of Opus Dei, talks about his memories of the Founder of Opus Dei in the book Memoria del Beato Josemaria. Among other things, he describes how St Josemaria fostered contrition by meditating on the Cross, and also his spirit of atonement, culminating in the reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Tags: Sacrament of Reconciliation, Contrition, Humility, Javier Echevarria

Saint Josemaria meets a Pope for the first time

Saint Josemaria professed a great love for the Holy Father. When he first arrived to Rome, he spent the entire night praying for the Pope. Tags: Church, Pope, Rome

A homage in flowers

Bessie Briones made a unique contribution to St Josemaria’s canonization ceremony – she designed the floral decoration for the steps of St Peter’s. Here she shares her memories of the project. Tags: Canonization, October 6


Carmen Escriva, affectionately known to people in Opus Dei as “Aunt Carmen”, who had helped her brother unconditionally right from the start, died in Rome on June 20, 1957. The Founder of Opus Dei said, “The tears were over the very moment she died: I am happy now, my sons, and grateful to Our Lord who has taken her to Heaven, looking forward to it very much." Tags: The Escriva family, Carmen Escrivá

10 questions for Bishop Javier Echevarria about St Josemaria

Bishop Javier Echevarria

Did St Josemaria ever get tired of serving God? How did he react to his failures? And to difficulties? What was his secret for staying faithful and in love with God? These and other questions are answered by Bishop Javier Echevarria, prelate of Opus Dei, who lived and worked with St Josemaria for over 20 years. Tags: Ascetical struggle, Opus Dei prelate, Holiness

Dora del Hoyo and St Josemaria

In January 1944, Moncloa students’ residence, Madrid, Spain, was in difficulties. With 100 students to cater for, the cooking, housekeeping and laundry services were not working. Those in charge were inexperienced and the staff were untrained. Everything was going wrong. “I’m leaving tomorrow,” said Dora when she arrived and saw the situation. What was the connection between Dora and St Josemaria? The following article describes Dora’s first contact with Opus Dei in 1944. Tags: calling, Administration, assistant numerary, Dora del Hoyo

Consecrating Opus Dei to the Holy Spirit

Andrés Vázquez de Prada

In 1971, St Josemaria decided to consecrate Opus Dei to the Holy Spirit, thinking of how much the Church needed all her members to be holy. He himself composed the prayer of consecration, which is renewed in all Opus Dei centers every year. Tags: Holy Spirit, Church, Prayer, locution, Consecrations of Opus Dei