London and New York: Scepter, 1977. First edition in English. Octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket. closed tear to upper left of the front panel, toning to the edges of the dust jacket. Very good indeed. Item #425
"I HAVE TO PASS UNNOTICED AND DISAPPEAR, SO THAT JESUS ALONE MAY BE IN THE LIMELIGHT" First edition in English of this in-depth extended portrait of Saint Josemaria Escriva, printed in Great Britain and published by Opus Dei's Scepter Press. Escriva founded Opus Dei, formally known as The Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei in 1928 and led the largely lay organization for nearly fifty years. Starting in the late 1940s, the organization grew increasingly close to the Vatican and Opus Dei was granted (the first and only) status as a "personal prelature" in 1982 under John Paul II. Escriva was beatified in 1992 and canonized in 2002.
The book opens in June, 1975 as Escriva's "mortal remains lay in the oratory of Our Lady of Peace in the central offices of Opus Dei." Contents: Chapter One. A Christian Family, Chapter Two. Called to the Priesthood, Chapter Three. The Foundation of Opus Dei, Chapter Four. A Time for Friends, Chapter Five. God and Daring, Chapter Six. The Mark of Divine Filiation, Chapter Seven. The Hours of Hope, Chapter Eight: The Freedom of the Children of God, Chapter Nine. The Father of a Large and Poor Family. First published in Madrid as "Mons. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer - Apuntes sobre la vida del Fundador del Opus Dei" in 1976, a year after Escriva's death. A devoted portrait of the Founder of Opus Dei. Approbations.