The Day the Bells Rang Out (St Josemaría Escrivá and the Origins of Opus Dei Book 1)
Keenan, William

The Day the Bells Rang Out is the first book of a compelling, three-volume biography of Saint Josemaría Escrivá, the founder of Opus Dei. Covering the early years of his life, The Day the Bells Rang Out reads like a thriller. But it is much more than a breathtaking adventure.This is the story of a fugitive priest at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, caught up in the bloodbath of the religious persecution in which thousands of priests were slaughtered.Through the personal notes of Josemaría Escrivá we experience the terror unfolding day by day. Amid the chaos and horror we are given vivid glimpses into the soul of a man striving for sanctity in a violent and troubled world.And all the while this priest, who had earlier received a vision from God, was spreading the most important spiritual message of our time – that holiness is not just for priests and nuns but also for ordinary men and women, who can become saints through their everyday lives and work.Josemaría Escrivá was himself made a saint when Pope John Paul II canonized him on October 6, 2002.

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Keenan, WilliamTo the Ends of the Earth (St Josemaria Escriva and the Origins of Opus Dei Book 3)
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To the Ends of the Earth is the final book of a compelling, three-volume biography of Saint Josemaría Escrivá, the founder of Opus Dei. Covering his later years in Rome, To the Ends of the Earth charts the dramatic spread of Opus (More) Dei across five continents. The book also details Josemaría Escrivá’s battles within the church to get the most important spiritual message of our time heard: that holiness is not just for priests and nuns but also for ordinary men and women, who can become saints through their everyday lives and work. Initially branded a “madman” and “heretic,” Escrivá lived to see his teachings affirmed by Vatican II. To the Ends of the Earth also tells the story of how Josemaría Escrivá became a saint, and the Vatican’s investigations into numerous miracles accredited to him, resulting in his canonization by Pope John Paul II on October 6, 2002.

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The first volume of Keenan’s biography of Josemaria Escriva, The Day the Bells Rang Out, covered the life of Opus Dei’s founder from childhood to November 1937, when, in the middle of the Spanish Civil War, he and his companions (More) were planning to escape from the “Red” zone of Spain to be able to continue their apostolate in freedom.
This new volume picks up the story and sees Escriva on his “path through the mountains” to the other side of Spain via the Pyrenees, Andorra and Lourdes, France. The title, however, has a much deeper sense: in spreading the message of Opus Dei, Escriva and his followers were cutting a new path of holiness and apostolate in the world, and when they met difficulties, which came abundantly, he would remind them of the words of Scripture, inter medium montium pertransibunt aquae – the waters will make a path through the mountains (Ps 103/104: 10). Notably, Escriva quoted this verse in the first chapter of his classic work The Way: “Let those very obstacles give you strength. God’s grace will not fail you: Inter medium montium pertransibunt aquae! You shall pass through the mountains! Does it matter that you have to curtail your activity for the moment if afterwards, like a spring which has been compressed, you will reach incomparably farther than you ever dreamed?”
The Path Through the Mountains is divided into three parts, the book consisting of 87 short chapters, ending up with Escriva’s first stay in Rome in June 1946. The Spanish Civil War ended in 1939, just months before the outbreak of World War 2. Keenan shows Escriva and his companions living in dire poverty, filled with irrepressible good spirits and fired with zeal for apostolate, no matter what. The book fills in the rather sketchy picture of Escriva’s life at this time offered by Joffé’s film There Be Dragons, supporting Joffé’s inspired artistic impression with historical facts. Far from being a dry, historical document, however, the book is enlivened from the start with the humour, homely details and breathtaking vision that were so evident in Escriva himself, as a result of his deep, active faith and love.

Keenan, WilliamThe Day the Bells Rang Out (St Josemaría Escrivá and the Origins of Opus Dei Book 1)
Language: English, Spiritual – Format: ePub


The Day the Bells Rang Out is the first book of a compelling, three-volume biography of Saint Josemaría Escrivá, the founder of Opus Dei. Covering the early years of his life, The Day the Bells Rang Out reads like a thriller. But (More) it is much more than a breathtaking adventure.This is the story of a fugitive priest at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, caught up in the bloodbath of the religious persecution in which thousands of priests were slaughtered.Through the personal notes of Josemaría Escrivá we experience the terror unfolding day by day. Amid the chaos and horror we are given vivid glimpses into the soul of a man striving for sanctity in a violent and troubled world.And all the while this priest, who had earlier received a vision from God, was spreading the most important spiritual message of our time – that holiness is not just for priests and nuns but also for ordinary men and women, who can become saints through their everyday lives and work.Josemaría Escrivá was himself made a saint when Pope John Paul II canonized him on October 6, 2002.

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