Don Alvaro and Dora: Laying Foundations in Rome

Dora en la Cripta
The tombs of Dora and Don Alvaro can be found next to each other in the crypt of Our Lady of Peace, Opus Dei’s Prelatic Church. St. Josemaria’s tomb can be found there as well.

Don Alvaro had already been living for a few months with St. Josemaria in the first Opus Dei center in Rome when, on 26 December 1946, he went with the founder of Opus Dei to pick up Dora at the Ciampino airport. Dora was coming with a few others from Spain to attend to the domestic organization of the house. The apartment where they were living was very close to St. Peter’s Square. When they caught sight of the dome of St. Peters, St. Josemaria invited them all to pray the Creed, so that in a certain sense the confession of faith would be their first “act” in Rome. Continue reading Don Alvaro and Dora: Laying Foundations in Rome

Dora del Hoyo and Don Alvaro del Portillo

The stories of Dora del Hoyo and Alvaro del Portillo – both in process of canonization – are very much connected. Both responded with fidelity to God’s call to spread throughout the world the message that all of us can be saints in ordinary life, through ordinary work. And as it also happens, both of them would have celebrated their 100th birthdays this year, 2014. Continue reading Dora del Hoyo and Don Alvaro del Portillo

As Good as New

paño limpioIn February or March of this year, I was teaching a student how to take care of liturgical linens at a university residence. We were in the laundry and an item fell off the tray onto the floor, inside a narrow space between a counter and a washing machine. It was a ciborium veil of pure silk that had been made with great skill and love by a volunteer. When I picked it up, it had large blotches of orange grease on it, most likely machine grease from the washer. We were both horrified. Continue reading As Good as New

My friends are Dora’s friends

amigasA few days before I needed Dora’s intercession, I encouraged a couple of friends to ask Dora’s help and taught them how to use the prayer card and also where to write the favour once Dora granted it.

Two of these friends found their cell phones, another was able to salvage her laptop after spilling tea on it, and another was able to remove a nasty stain from a silk fabric. All have yet to write their favours.
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Before God, no occupation is in itself great or small. Everything gains the value of the Love with which it is done