Escritos Varios Published, A New Volume in the Collection of Complete Works

The St. Josemaría Escrivá Historical Institute has published a new volume containing a collection of St. Josemaría’s works from various sources. The book, entitled Escritos varios (Various Writings), has been published by Ediciones Rialp.

It is a critical-historical edition of eleven shorter pieces—articles, interviews, communications in congresses, conferences and homilies—that St. Josemaría prepared for publication over a period of almost fifty years, between 1927 and 1974, and that until now were scattered and difficult to find. In the words of Msgr. Fernando Ocáriz in the book’s prologue, “this variety offers a rich mosaic of the spirit of the founder of Opus Dei.”

The various texts have been divided into four sections, each with its own introduction. The first, “Homilies on the Church and the Priesthood,” includes three homilies published in the final years of the author's life; the second, ”Juridical-Canonical Writings,” includes an article from 1927 (the first publication by St. Josemaría), a conference from 1948, and a communication presented at a congress held in Rome in 1950; the third, “Articles and Interviews,” includes an article from 1969 and two interviews; the fourth, “Marian Writings,” is made up of two articles on Our Lady of the Pillar published in the 1970s.

The edition, which was edited by Philip Goyret, Fernando Puig and Alfredo Méndiz, includes a prologue by Msgr. Fernando Ocáriz, Prelate of Opus Dei, and ends with an index of names and a section with facsimiles of some documents and illustrative photographs. The volume has 344 pages.

Philip Goyret (Raleigh, 1956) is an industrial engineer, priest and professor of ecclesiology and dean of the Faculty of Theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. He is the Rector of the church of San Girolamo della Carità in Rome.

Fernando Puig (Terrassa, 1968), also a priest, is professor of Church Organization and Government and vice-dean in the School of Canon Law at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.

Alfredo Méndiz (Barcelona, 1960), With a PhD in history, is assistant director of the St. Josemaría Escrivá Historical Institute and author of various publications on St. Josemaría and the history of the Church.

Romana, n. 67, July-December 2018, p. 289.

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