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.
"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.
In a get-together in Bogota in 1983, Blessed Alvaro spoke about the vocation to Opus Dei.
In a get-together filmed in Bogota, Colombia in 1983, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo insisted that we Christians have to be always young, with a youthfulness that will last forever.
Bishop Alvaro recalls John Paul II’s hospital stay after the assassination attempt in 1981, and says that illness is a caress from God.
Why do many people visit Africa and then want to stay there? Alvaro del Portillo answers in this short video.
In a get-together in London in 1985, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo speaks about Christ's loving way of looking at people.
In a get-together in New York in 1983, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo tells parents not to have any fear of accepting God's gift of children in their marriage.
During a 1987 get-together with farm workers in Mexico, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo speaks about our Lady's great power of intercession before God.
In a get-together in London in 1985, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo encourages people to trust in God's help to bring those around them back to him.
"Jesus can't say no to his Mother," insisted Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, in a get-together in Boston in 1988.
In a get-together in Nairobi in 1989, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo tells those listening to him that "you Kenyans have a deep sense of God's presence."
Bishop Alvaro speaks about the importance of the sacrament of Confession in Christian life, during a 1993 get-together in southern Spain.
Confession is "a tribunal with a heart of mercy," Blessed Alvaro says when speaking about God's readiness to forgive us.
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.)
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.
During a 1988 get-together in Quebec, Canada, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo speaks about the love children owe to their parents.
Bishop del Portillo explains to a young deaf woman that sickness is an opportunity to have a deeper interior life.
In a get-together in Hong Kong in 1987, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo assures us that drawing close to God always results in a deeper joy.
During a pastoral trip to Japan in 1987, Bishop Alvaro del Poritllo explained the specific role of lay people in sanctifying the world.
In a get-together in Nairobi in 1989, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo talks about why Saint Josemaria decided to begin Opus Dei's apostolic work in Africa in Kenya.
In a get-together in Houston in 1988, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo spoke about the importance of showing Christ to others through our own example.
Our Lord, who called the apostles -Bishop Alvaro explains-, calls all Christians to follow Him more closely.
In a get-together with many thousands of people in Madrid in 1993, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo stressed the importance of living the virtue of poverty and learning how to say "no" to ourselves.
In this video Bishop Alvaro del Portillo explains that God has given us the freedom, a great gift.
Bishop Alvaro del Portillo explains how work helps us to be Christians at all times, not just on the weekends.
In a get-together with thousands of people in Barcelona in 1989, Blessed Alvaro spoke about the spiritual fruit Holy Communion brings.
January 18-25 is the octave for praying for Christian unity. In 1983, in Switzerland, Blessed Alvaro spoke about respecting the faith of 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.
In a get-together in Mexico in 1983, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo insists that we need to learn how to forgive others, so that God will forgive us.
"Doing apostolate is a question of love" assures Bishop del Portillo in a get-together with Kenian families.
With the feast of Corpus Christi approaching, we offer a brief video in which Bishop Alvaro del Portillo explains in simple language the greatness of the Eucharistic miracle. It is taken from a 1983 get-together with families in Mexico.
"There, in the depths of each one's soul, God is speaking," Bishop Alvaro del Portillo assures us.
In a get-together in Houston in 1988, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo recalls a meeting with John Paul II that showed his complete self-giving in the service of the Church.
Christians should take the peace of Christ to all peoples, says Bishop Alvaro.
During a catechetical trip to the Ivory Coast, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo speaks about the sacraments of baptism and confession as expressions of God's mercy.
In a get-together in Boston during his 1988 visit to the United States, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo explained what it means to sanctify our work.
In a get-together in southern Spain in 1993, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo speaks abut the meaning of suffering and illness, which are a true "vocation to the Cross."