Almost Finished with John Allen’s Book Opus Dei


I’m almost finished and thus far I find St Josemaria Escriva’s theology and spirituality to be pure gold. I love everything I have read in John Allen’s book and from what I’ve read in St Josemaria’s book The Way.

The only troubling thing I’ve found was a quote in the Allen book about St Josemaria referring to the human body as “the enemy”, but I didn’t read the context and so I dismiss it on account of charity.

Anyway, I encourage you to buy and read Allen’s book: Opus Dei – An Objective Look Behind the Myths and Reality of the Most Controversial Force in the Catholic Church.

For those ready to read this book, take in this word from St Josemaria:

“An hour of study, for a modern apostle, is an hour of prayer.” (The Way, 335)

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  • P McCormack

    I think St. Josemaria referred to his boy as the enemy of his sanctification. I am sure he did not view his body as a bad thing. I know he mortified himself a great deal. A great thing to ponder is why the saints did this so much. Maybe this will shed light on SJM’s comment about his body being the enemy.

    I am glad you liked the book, I have yet to read it.