We will be evaluating the recent decisions by Home Depot and Lowes. Each retailer experienced incidents where a customer ostensibly found a “noose” tied at the end of the bulk rope. In response, both retails chains categorically decided to discontinue selling bulk rope across their stores nationwide, just as hurricane season was setting and customers needed rope to secure belongings in the high winds.
The case will explore three topics:
Frank Agraz, a long time friend and cooperator and a well known voice, has recently finalized the recording of "Our Lady of Fatima" by William Th. Walsh. The book recounts the apparitions at Fatima to the three young shepherds; with interesting information about the social; political and cultural context in which they lived. Most importantly, it helps the reader to grasp the meaning of the Marian message. If you are not familiar with the story, it is highly recommended. You can find in this site library.
No Small Goals, a biography of Dr. Ernesto Cofiño (1899-1991), whose cause of holiness is underway, has been recently published. The book tells the story of his trip to Houston in 1991 to seek advice on how to treat a recurring cancer. This is how the story goes (our emphasis):
After much discussion, José Luis and Clemencia (his children) accompanied him to Houston to inquire about the operation. (...) While at lunch, José Luis suggested that Ernesto go to the nearby center of Opus Dei so that he could talk it over with God. Fr. Michael Barrett answered the door of Chaucer Center. An elderly gentleman with a pleasant smile introduced himself as Dr. Ernesto Cofiño and asked to pray in the oratory. Fr. Michael was delighted to meet him. He had heard of Dr. Cofiño from Guatemalans with whom he had studied in Rome. He showed him into the oratory. There, alone with Jesus, Ernesto faced the fact that God was calling him home. On the way out, he and Fr. Michael again exchanged some words, but by Ernesto’s smile and pleasant conversation, Fr. Michael never imagined that he had just prayed about such a weighty matter.
The first volume of Saint Josemaria's letters (Cartas 1) has just been published as part of the Complete Works of St. Josemaria (Rialp). It contains his four earliest letters. They are helpful to deepen one's knowledge of the spirit of Opus Dei. If you read Spanish, you are encouraged to read it and use it for your prayer. The ebook can be purchased for Kindle. The English translation is being prepared, even though it is not known when it will be available.