Alvaro del Portillo: The Power of Humility


Alvaro del Portillo: The Power of Humility
Helena Scott and Ethel Tolansky
Catholic Truth Society
Paperback, 64 pages
ISBN: 978-1-86082-902-4


Alvaro del Portillo: The Power of Humilty is a brief biography of an extraordinary life of a man who went from being a successful engineer to the priesthood and a ministry spent at the center of some of the most momentous Church events of the twentieth century. He was present at Vatican II as a theological expert and on the death of Saint Josemaria Escriva became the prelate of Opus Dei. He set a wonderful example of faithfulness to the Church combined with openness and humility.

Bishop Alvaro del Portillo “…was gifted with a quite remarkable intelligence, but he was tremendously humble at the same time, not the kind who feels superior or likes to make others feel inferior. The booklet’s subtitle, ‘the power of humility’, was chosen by the CTS (Catholic Truth Society). We had suggested ‘in the service of the Church’, but they pointed out, quite rightly, that every saint (and let’s hope that Don Alvaro may be canonized in due course!) works in the service of the Church, and they wanted to highlight something distinctive about him. And ‘the power of humility’ really does hit the nail on the head. He avoided the limelight, and adopted St Josemaria’s motto, ‘my job is to hide and disappear, so that only Jesus may shine out.'”  (From an interview with the author Helena Scott)