By Pedro Casciaro
The Beginnings of Opus Dei’s Worldwide Apostolate
Pedro Casciaro was one of the earliest members of Opus Dei, the Catholic organization founded by St. Josemaría Escrivá in 1928. Casciaro joined Opus Dei in 1935 at the age of 20. He lived beside the founder during the difficult years of the Spanish civil war and was ordained in 1946. He had become one of St. Josemaría's most trusted aides in the worldwide development of Opus Dei.
In this book, Fr. Casciaro reveals for the first time his personal recollections of Opus Dei's founder, which span a period of forty years. "He brings us a vivid narrative, written with a tremendous sense of humor which highlights our founder's human and supernatural traits," comments Bishop Echevarría, the Prelate of Opus Dei. "As can readily be imagined, these pages are invaluable..."
When Pedro Casciaro died in Mexico in 1995, he realized he had been able to savor the truth encapsulated in those words St. Josemaría had whispered to him some sixty years earlier:Dream and your dreams will fall short...
Pedro Casciaro (1915-1995) was a Spanish Catholic Priest and founding member of Opus Dei. After the Spanish Civil War, he completed his mathematics degree and taught math and English. Throughout his priestly vocation, he lived in Mexico and Rome while continuing the work of Opus Dei, and traveled to Kenya to help found Strathmore University, the first interreligious and multiracial educational initiative in Africa. He held the position of Counselor of Opus Dei in Mexico and was part of the General Council of Opus Dei in Rome.