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Datebook: January 9 – Opus Dei Founder Turns 110

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Saint Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer was born on January 9, 1902 (and died June 26, 1975). He was a Roman Catholic priest from Spain who founded Opus Dei, an organization of laypeople and priests dedicated to the teaching that everyone is called to holiness and that ordinary life is a path to sanctity. He was canonized in 2002 by Pope John Paul II, who declared Saint Josemaría should be “counted among the great witnesses of Christianity.” His organization has not existed without controversy, primarily resolving around allegations of secrecy, elitism, cult-like practices, and political involvement with right-wing dictatorships. Some journalists, however, have averred that many of these are unproven. The “absolutely central” point in Escrivá’s teaching, says theologian William May, is that “sanctification is possible only because of the grace of God, freely given to his children through his only-begotten Son, and it consists essentially in an intimate, loving union with Jesus, our Redeemer and Savior.”

It’s Monday, January 9

Land Between the Lakes offers a Winter Wanderers Weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Search out wintering bird species during a Waterfowl Tour and a History of Eagles in LBL Tour. The cost is $40 per person, and there’s an optional Eagle River Cruise on Sunday for an additional $60 per person. Reservations are required. Call (270) 924-2020.

The McCracken County Public Library offers its first children’s story time of the New Year tomorrow with a program entitled “Father Time Rocks Around the Clock.” Children are invited to attend the free program at 10AM or 1PM. Find a complete schedule of story time events at

Musicians ages 15-20 are eligible to apply for the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute. One student from Kentucky will receive a full scholarship. The application deadline is January 27th, and students can submit their applications online at

Find more community events at, and thanks for listening.


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