The Founder of Opus Dei -- Life of Josemaria Escriva
Andres Vazquez de Prada
Andres Vazquez de Prada, studied at the Universities of Valladoid and Seville, before working as a Spanish embassy Attache for over thirty years. As a historian, he has published many articles and books, including The Dream of an Old Man (1954), The Story of John Henry Newman (1962) and The Significance of Humour (1976). He knew Saint Josemaria personally and narrates the story, using previously unpublished letters, diaries, and other sources from the archives of the Prelature of Opus Dei.
Vol 1: The Early Years (1902-1936)
This is the first volume of three about the life of Saint Josemaria Escriva. He has been hailed as a pioneer in helping ordinary Christians find God in their daily lives. Moved as a teenager by footprints of a barefoot Carmelite priest in the snow, Josemara felt called to greater generosity in the priesthood and in his struggles to build up Opus Dei during the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. This latest biography is the most extensively researched work on his family history, childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. The reader benefits from an enormous wealth of details in extensive notes and appendices. Accompanying them are excerpts from his correspondence, spiritual writings and testimonials from dozens of friends and acquaintances. The remarkable story continues in two forthcoming volumes.
Volume II: God and Daring (1936-1946)
This second volume of the three-volume biography of St. Josemaria covers one of the most remarkable periods of his life: from the outbreak of the civil war in 1936 to his departure for Rome in 1946. In Republican Spain fierce anti-Catholic persecution led St. Josemaria to do his priestly work in secret, fully aware that if caught, he would be executed - as were 6000 other priests. This book recounts the saint's dangerous journey across the Pyrenees to the Nationalist zone, where he could exercize his priestly ministry more freely, his tireless labors to counter (with both heroic charity and determination) the slanders that threatened to overwhelm Opus Dei, and more. Here is an unforgettable picture of the saint’s activity during the years of crisis that threatened to obliterate his great gift to the church: Opus Dei.
Volume III: The Divine Ways on Earth (1946-1975)
"Dream, and your dreams will fall short," Saint Josemaria Escriva told early members of Opus Dei. This third and final volume of the most extensively researched work on the Founder of Opus Dei covers his years in Rome, from 1946 until his death there in 1975. It describes how Opus Dei overcame major obstacles and blossomed from a handful of members in Spain into a worldwide institution, with more than 60,000 members of 80 nationalities.