The Collected Letters of St. Josemaria Escriva

On October 2, 1928, St. Josemaria Escriva founded Opus Dei in Spain. During the following years, he wrote a series of thirty-eight letters addressed to the new members of Opus Dei. In them, he explained in detail some of the fundamental aspects of the spirit, apostolate, and history of the institution which he founded. In late 2020, for the first time, four of the letters along with a critical study were published in Spanish. The decision to begin publishing the letters now is important because as Luis Cano, editor of the The Collected Letters, explained:

“They are written to people of Opus Dei of all times, not to specific recipients. They deal with topics related to the spirit and history of Opus Dei. But the great majority are of interest for all Christians, since they speak above all about following Christ, the only topic that truly interested Saint Josemaria. He wanted to share with others his rich human and supernatural experience, the fruit of an entire life of prayer and reflection. A central concern is the contribution that lay people and secular priests can make in our world, to better it from within and announce Christ to all men and women, in every sector of society. These letters are striking for their depth and relevance for the modern world. At the same time, their tone is that of a family get-together. They are neither treatises, nor homilies, nor meditations. When reading them, it is easy to imagine the founder of Opus Dei having an intimate talk with his spiritual sons and daughters.”

The Collected Letters: Volume 1 by St. Josemaria Escriva is now available in English from Scepter Publishers. The first volume includes:

  • The first letter is on the call to holiness and apostolate in ordinary life.
  • The second letter highlights the importance of humility in one’s spiritual life.
  • The third letter deals with the supernatural and apostolic mission of the members of Opus Dei in the middle of the world.
  • The fourth letter explains the way of proclaiming Christian doctrine through personal apostolate.

To learn more about the research and details of this important project, read the full interview with Luis Cano at

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