The Back of the Book: Born sixty years before the Second Vatican Council, Josemaria Escriva grew up in a politically volatile Spain, where the Church struggled to dialogue in a fast changing world. This booklet traces Fr Escriva’s journey from childhood and family tragedy, vocational struggle and civil war to the personal discovery of his own, fairly revolutionary task of teaching people, ordinary lay people, how to find God in their work. We see Fr Escriva’s courage, goodness and originality, and his prophetic contribution towards uncovering the fullness of the apostolate shared by all the baptised, which itself helped prepare the ground for the Council. He was proclaimed a saint by Pope John Paul II in 2002.
NotJustLaura’s Review: I really love the work of CTS. I’ve yet to find one of their books that didn’t do what it said on the ti so, when I wated to know more abou this modern saint, a CTS biography seemed the obvious starting point.
In this little volume, there is a whole lot of information. Using clear language and just about avoiding preaching, the authors present a history of Josemaria Escriva and the organisation – actually a ‘personal prelate’ – he founded.
Although there isn’t a lot of depth to this book (and how much would you expect from 60 pages?) I think it provides a useful introduction. It does exactly what it says on the tin!