Context: Read Obras, February 1979, 16-17; Vazquez de Prada Vol. III 425-430.
Time-Line From the Locutions to the End and John Paul II and the Prelature.
5/8/70: Si Deus Nobiscum, quis contra nos?”
8/6/70: Clama ne cesses
8/23/71: Adeamus cum fiducia ad thronum gloriae, ut misericordiam consequamur.
Explanation of O.F. in Obras (Feb. 79): "Voy a deciros algo que Dios Nuestro Senor quiere que sepais. Los hijos de Dios en el Opus Dei Adeamus cum fiducia – hemos de ir con much fe – ad thronum gloriae, al trono de la gloria, la Virgen Santisima, Madre de Dios y Madre Nuestra, a la que tantas veces invocamos como Sedes Sapientiae, ut misericordiam conse- quamur, para alcanzar misericordia (…).
"Que lo tengais muy en cuenta en estos momentos y tambien despues. You diria que es un querer de Dios: que metamos Nuestra vida interior personal dentro de esas palabras que os acabo de decir. A veces las escuchareis sin ruido ninguno, en la intimdad de vuestra alma, cuando menos lo espereis. Adeamus cum fiducia: id – repito –en confianza al Corazon Dulcisimo de Maria, que es Madre nuestra y Madre de Jesus. Y con Ella, que es Medianera de todas las gracias, al Corazon Sacratisimo y Misericordioso de Jesucristo.”
Footnote 55 on p. 426 of V. de P.: “Archbishop Julian Herranz tells us something interesting. He heard about this supernatural incident from the founder himself, shortly after the return from Caglio. At this time the work on Cavabianca… had already begun, and the Father asked that they put there a stone bas-relief which would show our Lady seated on a throne and being crowned by the Blessed Trinity. At its base would be engraved the words of the locution. The Father suggested that while they awaited the juridical solution to the institutional problem of the Work, those words should be prayed as an aspiration, to obtain from our Lady the desired solution. That was a suggestion that his children acted on for years. ‘And so,’ concludes Archbishop Herranz, ‘very great were our joy and our gratitude to the Blessed Virgin when the Pope (who knew nothing about this) made public his decision to establish Opus Dei as a personal prelature on August 23, 1983 – the anniversary of the special divine light received by the founder eleven years earlier.”
Then: December 31, 1071 – prayer of O.F. Vazquez de Prada p. 451.
Love begins anew: wholesale apostolate. He speaks to 150,000 people in two months
Summer of 1972: Two months of Catechesis is thought up and begun – interspersed with the 3 “Last Madnesses.” Cavabianca, Torreciudad and Morir a Tiempo [to die on time].
Then, 1974, the Catechesis en America: Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Equador, Venezuela.
1975: Venezuela – Guatemala. Death 6/26/75.
Postscript: D. Alvaro: Cn. January 1984, 68: “Today [the 9th] he would have been 82 years old. There was a time in which he thought that precisely in 1984 he would surrender his soul to God. It’s evident that he had to suffer so much, that he lived so quickly and such great effort during the last years of his life that the Lord shortened the time of being on earth. We have him in Heaven with much greater strength and effectiveness. If he was father and mother among us, now he is more so and in a distinct way because he lives in God. We make him the gift of our surrender and in his paternal hands we place our resolutions so that he help us to fulfill them.”
The man died loving to the last minute!