Santo Rosario: Publication of the Critical-Historical Edition

The critical-historical study of The Way, by the theologian Fr. Pedro Rodriquez, was the first of the critical-historical editions of the writings of the founder of Opus Dei to appear. These are being published under the title of The Complete Works of St. Josemaría. Now the same author, together with two other theologians at the University of Navarra, Fr. Javier Sesé and Fr. Constantino Ánchel, has published the critical-historical edition of Santo Rosario (Rialp, 370 pages). Like the study of The Way, this book seeks to deepen the reader’s understanding of the content of the work, focusing on its context, the author’s intention, the sources used, etc. The prologue is by Bishop Javier Echevarría, Prelate of Opus Dei.

St. Josemaría wrote Holy Rosary in 1931, probably on December 6th, next to the sanctuary of St. Elizabeth, “in one go” as he used to say. When the 4th edition was planned in 1945, an attractive pocket book with drawings by Luis Borobio, the author decided to make some textual additions to most of the mysteries in order to mesh well with the drawings. The new texts are mostly Biblical passages that were added while leaving intact what was written in 1931. In this book, St. Josemaría “speaks about God in a way that the human heart grasps immediately,” says Fr. Rodríguez, paraphrasing Romano Guardini.

Romana, n. 51, January-January 2010, p. 364.

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