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Holiness is for all

Msgr. Kevin Manning, Bishop of the Diocesis of Parramatta (Australia) has published an article about the canonization of Josemaria Escriva in the monthly newspaper Catholic Outlook. He relates the canonization to the 40th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. The Council underlined the universal call [...]
Tags: Canonization, Jesus Christ, Holiness, Ordinary life
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Saint Josemaría and the Jubilee years

Four Jubilee years fell within St Josemaria’s lifetime. Bishop Javier Echevarria witnessed his approach to the last two, and saw how he passed on his own devotion to those around him. “He asked me to pray with a lot of faith, especially in St. Peter’s, [...]
Tags: Joy, Hope, Holiness
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Friend of young people and good son of the Church

In an article, Cardinal Paul Shan, S.J., bishop of Kaohsiung and Taiwan's first cardinal, described Josemaria Escriva as a friend of young people and a man who loved the Church. The founder of Opus Dei is a true friend of young people. He has always manifested [...]
Tags: Apostolate, Youth, Holiness, Vocation
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Africa, its people and the message of Josemaria Escrivá

The goal which I propose to you – better still the goal that God sets for you - is holiness. This message of saint Josemaria came to Africa almost 50 years ago. The following article highlights the reception of saint Josemaria’s message as something personal, [...]
Tags: Passionately Loving the World, Responsibility, Holiness, Solidarity
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Homily of John Paul II. May 17, 1992

"Through many tribulations we must enter the Kingdom of God." To the two disciples walking along the road to Emmaus Jesus said: "Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?" Moreover, the first reading has enabled us [...]
Tags: Faithfulness, Divine sonship, Pope John Paul II, Holiness, Work, Ordinary life, Beatification
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What is the message of St Josemaria, the founder Opus Dei?

As John Paul II told those present at St Josemaria’s canonization, the Founder of Opus Dei “was chosen by the Lord to proclaim the universal call to holiness and to indicate that everyday life, its customary activities, are a path towards holiness. It could be [...]
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Cardinal Ratzinger. Rome, May 19, 1992

St John’s Apocalypse, which tells us of so many terrible events both past and future, also opens up Heaven upon the earth and shows us that God still holds the world in his hands. However great the power of evil, God’s victory is assured in [...]
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Archbishop Oscar Romero: Letter to the Pope on Escriva's death

A letter written to the Pope by El Salvadorean Bishop Oscar Romero on July 12, 1975, requesting the opening of a cause for St Josemaria’s canonization. Bishop Romero was killed while celebrating Holy Mass in 1980. "Most Blessed Father, I regard the still-recent day of the death [...]
Tags: Canonization, Pope John Paul II, Holiness
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The Human Realism of Sanctity

"In the twentieth century, we have witnessed a clarification of the role of the ordinary Christian in the Church". According to an article published in L’Osservatore Romano, Navarro Valls affirms that since the foundation of Opus Dei in 1928, Josemaria Escriva's contribution to this new [...]
Tags: Passionately Loving the World, Holiness, Work, Vocation
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Declarations on the Upcoming Canonization

- Card. Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna (Vienna Cathedral, January 9, 2002) “God has given man the power to shape reality. Blessed Josemaria took this fundamental message to task: work, understood not only as a means of self-fulfillment, but also of sanctity”. - [...]
Tags: Canonization, Church, Holiness