A plaque commemorating the place where Opus Dei was founded
The Vincentians of the Basilica of La Milagrosa, situated on Garcia de Paredes street in Madrid, have placed a plaque inside the Church commemorating the site where Blessed Josemaria Escriva, in 1928, received the divine inspiration to found Opus Dei.
The text of the plaque reads: “On October 2, 1928, while making a retreat in this residence of the Vincentian Fathers, Blessed Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer received in his heart and mind the divine seed of Opus Dei: ‘I received an illumination about the entire Work. Deeply moved, I knelt down—I was alone in my room—and gave thanks to our Lord; and I recall with emotion the pealing of the bells of Our Lady of the Angels.’ ”
During those days, Blessed Josemaria was making a retreat, together with other priests, in the Central House of the Vincentian Fathers, a building connected to the Basilica, which at that time was the Church of St. Vincent. God let him “see” Opus Dei when, after celebrating Mass, he was in his room reading some notes in which he had written down inspirations and graces received during the preceding years, which took specific shape on that October 2.
Romana, No. 31, July-December 2000, p. 270-271.