Words of Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz, Prelate of Opus Dei, following the beatification of Guadalupe Ortiz de Landázuri (Madrid,18 May 2019)
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Pope Francis’ letter to Mons. Fernando Ocáriz, Prelate of Opus Dei, on the occasion of the beatification of Guadalupe Ortiz de Landázuri.
Text of the homily of Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu at the beatification of Guadalupe Ortiz de Landázuri.
A constant throughout Guadalupe's life was her passion for chemistry and scientific research. At the time she began her chemistry studies in 1933, there were very few women in universities, and almost none in the sciences. Starting in 1944, although her commitment to Opus Dei would lead her to dedicate a lot of her time and talents to imparting Christian formation, she never stopped researching chemistry and studying with scientific curiosity.
Guadalupe did not have much experience to lean on at a time where women were just beginning to embark on new adventures professionally. In this context, Guadalupe undertook the task of directing Zurbarán, the first women’s university residence of Opus Dei in the world. Guadalupe did not exactly know what she was doing, but she rolled up her sleeves and got down to work.
"The adventure of holiness begins with a yes to God" (John Paul II). Sometimes life surprises us in unimaginable ways. This certainly happened to Guadalupe Ortiz de Landázuri. An unexpected turn of events allowed her to meet Saint Josemaría Escriva in 1944, marking a turning point in her life. God changed her plans and invited her to collaborate in a project that would occupy her heart, mind and soul for the rest of her life.
Born in Madrid, Guadalupe Ortiz de Landázuri met Saint Josemaria in 1944 and decided to dedicate her life to finding God in her professional work and spreading the message of the universal call to holiness. With initiative and trust in God, she helped many people find joy through her sincere friendship as well as through her work teaching chemistry and taking care of centers of Christian formation.