AlvaroDelPortilloBishop Alvaro del Portillo (1914-94) was beatified in Madrid today. He was the first successor of St. Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei.

While not a member of the Prelature, I trust the teachings of the founder, and am thankful for meeting with Don Alvaro on two occasions.

I pray through his intercession regularly. He and St. John Paul are ready to intercede for us, especially in matters of purity, relationships and conversion.

It’s important to try and maintain inner life — presence of God. The heavenly household can help us persevere in the struggle to be faithful. We need pure hearts to be humble and to have firm faith.

Regnare Christum volumus!, We want Christ to reign! He, Jesus, also wants to reign, but he does not impose himself. He respects people’s freedom. Although he knew that men and women would often reject his love, he chose to run the risk of freedom because it is a very great gift, that makes it possible for us, in some way, to merit Paradise.

Let us beg our Lord to give us the grace to carry his light to many people: by our example, by our words, and above all, by prayer. In the Gospel Jesus gives us the formula for spreading the Kingdom of God: Ask and you shall receive (Matt 7:7). May we constantly petition our Lord with all the strength of our being: with our words, with our work, with our hearts. Then Jesus will listen to us. He always does, but he wants us to persist day after day.” Blessed Alvaro del Portillo, Homily in Los Angeles, 3 February 1988