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Ceremony at the Colombian Academy of Language

On March 11, a ceremony was held at the Colombian Academy of Language, honoring Blessed Josemaría Escrivá for his contribution to Christian spiritual literature. The session was opened by Dr. Jaime Posada, President of the Academy. In his address he noted that the founder of Opus Dei was able to express the perennial themes of the Church’s spirituality in terms of the concerns of contemporary men and women, doing so with simplicity, elegance and clarity.

The educator and poet David Meji Velilla gave the main presentation. «Josemaria Escrivá,» he said, «understood that his pen was an instrument for speaking with men about God, with whom he never ceased to dialogue. His conversation with God and with mankind was a single reality, a single language, a single passion.» The academician spoke about the best known works of the founder of Opus Dei, «which because of their clarity and simplicity can be understood equally by the well-educated and by those with little education.» The Way, Furrow and The Forge contain «deep considerations regarding the claims of the Creator on his creatures.» The book Holy Rosary, he said, contains an elevated mysticism, accessible to all. The Way of the Cross is «a miracle of poetry.» Christ Is Passing By and Friends of God, two collections of homilies, are «two deep and beautiful books on lay spirituality.»

Romana, No. 34, January-June 2002, p. 114-115.