Forty-nine of us, forty-eight men and one woman, lay on the green waiting for the spike to open.
On May 17,a grandiose ceremony in St. Josemaria Escriva, who died inhurtled over the various stages of the beatification process and was pushed up to the altar with amazing speed: Certainly, the media seized upon this sensational aspect of the event, so rarely seen in Church history.
For instance, think of the time it took - years - to define the heroic virtue of an authentic popular apostle like Louis-Marie Grignon de Montfort. Thus, logic based on Church history prompts attempting to discover a reason justifying the urgency surrounding the introduction of Msgr.
His cause was opened insix years after his death.
During the years of the process, the Opus Dei, which has no media antennae of its own, and conforming to its principle of discretion, reached its affiliates in the intellectual and professional classes through an annual Information Bulletin, addressed to select cadres. Nothing written in this publication, a priori, arouses any suspicion of an orientation deviating from the traditional teaching of the Church.
Thus, the reader faithful to Church teaching remains trusting. The same Bulletin also serves as a remembrance for those who knew the apostolate and work, some decades ago, of another Spanish priest, Rev.
Information on the Opus Dei leads to comparing the two works, as well to deducing two facts: The grand silence maintained by the Church on the missionary and social work of Jesuit Fr. Francois de Paule Vallet and, over these many years, the great amount of discretion enveloping Fr.
Let us begin with what the Conciliar Church today exalts. Francois de Paule Vallethaving discovered the power of conversion possible through the day Ignatian Exercisesmade them available to more people, especially laity, by condensing them into a 5-day format.
Vallet founded the Parochial Co-operators of Christ the King with the express purpose of presenting this abbreviated form of the Exercises to laity, who for reasons of time, money, and physical and mental capacity found the day regimen too difficult.
The 5-day retreat was an "adaptation to modern man" while still preserving the masterpieces of the original day format. Some 5, former retreatants died fighting for a Catholic Spain against the Communists in the Spanish Civil War, We shall begin our investigation with the first French work aimed at the public, written by an Opus Dei member, recommended by its Information Bulletin, and titled The Opus Dei.
The book was given the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur of the Archdiocese of Paris. The first chapter is devoted to the background and life of Josemaria Escriva, the founder: Inthe Archbishop of Zaragoza, Spain, named him superior of the seminary; he was 20 years old.
At 23, he was ordained a priest.
Inin Madrid, he prepared for a doctorate in civil law, all the while plunging himself into intense, charitable work among the sick, the poor, and abandoned children. While on retreat inFr. Escriva "saw" - that is the term he later used - what God expected of him. He "saw" Opus Dei But what did God want?
On October 2,he Msgr. Suddenly, while bells pealed in the nearby church of Our Lady of the Angels, it became clear: God made him see emphasis in original - Ed.
An institution which, as he put it, was to "tell men and women of every country and of every condition, race, language, milieu, and state of life What is Opus Dei? Escriva was only 26 years old when The Work was created.
He was long on desire for action, short on experience, but: He chose his priests for The Work from the ranks of his disciples.
He spoke of having clearly seen, while celebrating Mass on February 14,the canonical solution: At that moment, "The sacerdotal society of the Holy Cross was born, representing in the Church a new pastoral and juridical phenomenon, the ordination of men with university degrees and engaged in a profession Escriva moved to Rome, was appointed a domestic Prelate by His Holiness inand received various appointments: He toured the world, preached his doctrine, "sanctity through work," and died suddenly, in Rome, on June 26, Through reading issues of the Information Bulletin, the reader develops an unsuspicious belief in the Opus, since each issue reports on the impressive record of the worldwide dissemination of "Msgr.Search the world's information, including webpages, images, videos and more.
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It was late-afternoon. Forty-nine of us, forty-eight men and one woman, lay on the green waiting for the spike to open.
We were too tired to talk much.