The Monte Carmelo publishing house and the St. Josemaría Historical Institute have just released a high-quality encyclopedic dictionary dedicated to the life, message and doctrine of St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, founder of Opus Dei.
The dictionary seeks to provide a greater understanding of one of the key personalities of twentieth century Church History. St. Josemaría’s importance springs from his influence on the lives of people from the most varied conditions and countries, he is also considered to be one of the leading figures in the revival of contemporary Catholicism, especially in relation to the universal call to holiness and contemplative life for all the faithful in the midst of their work and daily tasks.
The dictionary contains 288 entries of which 158 are theological-spiritual in character while 130 are of a historical-biographical type. The former elaborate on various questions of Christian spiritual life and theological reflection in the light of the teachings of St. Josemaría while the latter provide essential information about the most relevant people, places or events in the history of the founder of Opus Dei. There is also an analysis of his written work as well as his preaching and some of the apostolic initiatives that he promoted throughout the world.
The task has been brought to fruition thanks to the efforts of 226 authors selected from theologians, canon lawyers, historians, philosophers and other specialists from the five continents under the supervision of an editorial committee chaired by José Luis Illanes.
The outcome is a book containing 1358 pages which is presented as a useful reference work containing essential information for both specialists and for people interested in learning more about the spiritual influence and contribution of Josemaría Escrivá.
The Dictionary will be presented in Rome on the 16th of November at 11.00 in the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, at the conclusion of the Conference dedicated to St. Josemaría and Theological Thought.
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