PODCAST | On the Feast of Blessed Alvaro del Portillo (May 12)

Following the beatification of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo in 2014, the Church designated May 12th, the anniversary of his First Communion, as his feast day.

Blessed Alvaro del Portillo was a close collaborator of St. Josemaria Escriva and his first successor as Prelate of Opus Dei. In celebration of the feast day, Fr. Javier del Castillo prepared a special reflection for listeners of the St. Josemaria Institute Podcast.

Reflecting on the nickname given to him by St. Josemaria, “Saxum,” which means “rock” in Latin, we learn about Blessed Alvaro’s fortitude and how God sends us this gift of the Holy Spirit to help us overcome all obstacles, to become “rocks”— “a better building block for the Church wherever God has placed you.”

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Fr. Javier del Castillo is a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Doctorate in Philosophy. He currently carries out his pastoral ministry in New York and is President of the St. Josemaria Institute.

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  • Tita reverente April 16, 2017  

    Thank you for the inspiring reflections you,ale available to us. It helps me grow deeper in faith. I have shared your podcasts to several friends. God bless you all.

  • Patty geinosky April 2, 2018  

    I have been struggling for years, but since starting to pray and reflect on the works of stjosemaria, now listening to the podcast, I can now leave this earthly world behind as I give myself to the Lord, my own conversion, like Thomas. I had to, for myself, see, feel, smell, and believe to become a witness for Jesus. Thank You