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By Bishop Javier Echevarria
How can a person live his faith seriously in our time? Bishop Javier Echevarria takes up key questions of faith, God’s existence, and the many ways people find their path to God. While focusing on the most important aspects of faith life, he also addresses the causes of the loneliness and isolation that afflict so many people today. Particularly insightful are his reflections on suffering.
Bishop Echevarria was born in Madrid, Spain in 1932. He worked closely with St. Josemaría Escrivá, the founder of Opus Dei, from 1953 until his death in 1975. Following the death of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo in 1994, he was elected Prelate of Opus Dei and in the following year ordained bishop by Pope John Paul II.
Bishop Echevarria has lived in Rome during the pontificates of six popes as well as during the Second Vatican Council. This experience, along with his many pastoral visits on six continents, gives him a broad knowledge of the situation of present-day believers and the challenges facing the Church throughout the world. He is the author of eight books.