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No. 34 • January - June 2002 • Page 133
 •  Initiatives

Buenos Aires, Argentina. Round-table at the book fair

On May 2, a round table entitled «The Greatness of Ordinary Life» was held in La Rural exposition center. Part of the event was the presentation of a special postal stamp issued by the Argentine Post Office in honor of the centennial of the birth of Blessed Josemaria Escriva. Some 600 people attended of all ages and walks of life.

The coordinator was Dr. Roberto Bosca, professor of law at Austral University. The first speaker was a physician, Dr. Malbran, who recalled Blessed Josemaria’s special predilection for the sick pmpm.

The second speaker was Professor Marcelo Paladino of Austral University’s Business School, who explained how Blessed Josemaria’s message was well suited for anyone seeking personal holiness in a professional environment. He cited numerous examples of people in business who had recognized and remedied unjust business practices. He was followed by Dr. Ana Maria Sanguineti, who began her talk with a personal recollection of her first meeting with Blessed Josemaria. She then went on to speak of some of the social consequences of the search for holiness in ordinary work.

The official presentation of the new postage stamp followed. In his brief address, one of the directors of the Argentine post office said that it was an honor to be able to include Blessed Josemaria among those featured on their stamps. Father Patricio Olmos, Regional Vicar of the Prelature of Opus Dei in Argentina, noted that Blessed Josemaria considered himself only an instrument for transmitting Christ’s message.

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