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A Look At The Prevalence Of The Catholic Religion In Spain, Catholic Saint Blessed Jose Maria Escriva, And The Controversial Catholic 'cult' Of Opus Dei. 1400 Words

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Catholicism in SpainThe main religion in Spain is Catholicism. Nearly all Spaniards are Catholic, the variety is Roman Apostolic. Aside from the Catholics, there are a few thousand Jews, mostly Sephardic Jews from North Africa, who settle in larger cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Seville and Cordoba. Recently, a synagogue was inaugurated at Mallorca. Spain also has some Anglicans.The Spanish Catholics are religious in a uniquely Spanish style. Catholicism has historically played a large role in the life of the country, and still does so today. The Catholic Church of Spain is one of the bases on which the country stands.Catholicism was a rallying point for the Spaniards when they conquered the ...view middle of the document...

It has often been noted that Spanish religion and religious art in particular are meant to emphasize the suffering of Christ. This is not, as has sometimes been supposed, caused by a regard for sadism or brutality. Displaying the suffering of Christ for us shows the Spaniards' admiration for courage and the ability to withstand pain and suffering in support of one's principles. Demonstrating this are the Holy Week processions taking place next week all over Spain, and especially in Seville. During these processions, many of the participants wear black, yellow, purple, or white hats as a sign of penitence, walk barefoot, and carry a burden or baggage of some kind as a public demonstration of their courage in faith.Spain has a widespread Catholic tradition. Notable Spanish saints include San Juan de la Cruz and Santa Teresa.The devout and deep Catholicism of the Spanish people is something you would surely observe while in Spain. In small towns, the most striking and impressive building is inevitably the church, and in larger towns each Cathedral is a museum in itself. You would see religion in the art of El Greco, the Greek-born painter, sculptor and architect regarded as the first great genius of the Spanish School. You would even see it in the special pastries of Santiago de Compostela, which bear little crosses on the dough. Most of all, the Catholic religion is apparent in the very lives of the Spanish - their celebrations and their daily habits of life, a morality and style of reverence that recalls the days when the Catholic Church enjoyed its greatest popularity.Blessed Josemaria EscrivaJosemaria Escriva de Balaguer was born in Barbastro in 1902, in northeastern Spain, near the Pyrenees. The second of six siblings, he grew up with the Catholic religion both at home and at school. In Barbastro Josemaria's three younger sisters died and his father went bankrupt, and in 1915, his family moved to Logroño where his father had found a new job.In 1918, Josemaria realized that God wanted something of him. He decided that he must give himself completely to God and become a priest to fulfill the will of God. He started his ecclesiastical studies in Logroño and entered the diocesan seminary of Saragossa in 1922. He also pursued studies in Civil Law. In 1925, he received the Sacrament of Ordination and started his pastoral ministry.In 1927 Josemaria moved to Madrid to obtain a Ph.D. in civil law. After his father's death in 1924, Josemaria had become the head of the family, and so when he moved his mother and siblings moved with him. In Madrid he took on intense pastoral work serving the poor, the sick and children. At the same time he supported himself and his family with other jobs, like teaching law. His priestly apostolate also extended to university students, artists, and laborers, and when these young men came into contact with the poor and sick attended by Josemaria, they grew more charitable and more conscious of their own social...

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