Number of articles: 39

Apostolate of Confession

Blessed Alvaro del Portillo was born on 11 March 1914. In this brief video from a get-together in Vienna, he speaks about the importance of the Sacrament of Penance.

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October 2, 1928

Blessed Alvaro del Portillo speaks about the founding of Opus Dei in a get-together with a large group of people in Chicago in 1988.

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Blessed Alvaro and God's Mercy

Confession is "a tribunal with a heart of mercy," Blessed Alvaro says when speaking about God's readiness to forgive us.

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The spiritual fruit of Holy Communion

In a get-together with thousands of people in Barcelona in 1989, Blessed Alvaro spoke about the spiritual fruit Holy Communion brings.

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The Secret of Opus Dei

"Striving to turn work into prayer, and offering it to God, this is the secret of Opus Dei," Blessed Alvaro del Portillo said in a get-together in Paris in 1988.

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"Opus Dei was born among Madrid's poor and the hospitals"

In a get-together in Zurich in 1983, Blessed Alvaro spoke about the founder of Opus Dei's frequent visits to the hospitals and poor neighborhoods of Madrid back in the 1930s. (To turn English subtitles on or off, click on "cc" in the bottom right-hand corner of the video.)

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Respecting the faith of others

January 18-25 is the octave for praying for Christian unity. In 1983, in Switzerland, Blessed Alvaro spoke about respecting the faith of others.

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A Vocation to Opus Dei

In a get-together in Bogota in 1983, Blessed Alvaro spoke about the vocation to Opus Dei.

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"Increase our faith, hope, and love"

In a get-together in Hong Kong in 1987, Blessed Alvaro speaks about our need for the three theological virtues, which only God can give us.

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"Helping others"

In a get-together in Nairobi in 1989, Blessed Alvaro suggested that the best service we can render the poor is to give them the skills needed to find a job.

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