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The Sound of Water:The Stay of St. Josemaría in Burgos

El rumor del agua. Recorrido historico de San Josemaría in Burgos (Cobel 2010, 131 pages) is the title of a book introduced on October 6, 2010, the eighth anniversary of his canonization as a saint.

Its author, Maria Jesús Coma, looks at the years 1938 and 1939, when the Founder of Opus Dei lived in this city together with some of the first faithful of the Work.

St. Josemaría was living in Madrid when the fierce religious persecution broke out in the capital and in many other cities of Spain in 1936. In those circumstances, he found it impossible to carry out Opus Dei, which God had entrusted to him on October 2, 1928. Therefore, together with some faithful of the Work, he decided to try to reach the part of Spain that was free of religious persecution. They crossed the Pyrenees on foot at the end of 1937 and reached Andorra. Then, after journeying through France, they crossed the border into Spain at Irún. The Founder found a place to live in Burgos, where he finished writing The Way, his best known work. He also dedicated many hours to research on his thesis (for a doctorate in law), on the quasi-episcopal jurisdiction of the Abbess of Las Huelgas.

The book includes testimonies from people who had contact with St. Josemaría during those years in Burgos.

Romana, No. 51, January-January 2010, p. 366.

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