Josemaría Escrivá Obras
Help Section: How to use the Writings of St. Josemaría Escrivá website
Thank you for using this website of the writings of Josemaría Escrivá, Opus Dei's founder. By means of a simple and intuitive interface, this site lets you search all the published works of Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer (1902-1975) in various languages, and create your own collection of favorite passages.

Practical tips for getting the most out of this site:


Simple search: Enter any term in the search box, and you will receive a list showing each place where the term has been used in a book in the site's database. If you want to find references to a general topic (such as "faith", "prayer", or "Holy Mass"), enter the word or phrase. You will receive a search result which lists all the chapters on the theme, provides links to the topic in each book's subject index, and displays all the sections or points in the book that contain the search term. You can also search for particular numbers or points by entering exact fragments that you remember (such as, "Don't let your life be barren," which will give a search result of The Way, 1.) You may also conduct searches combining various terms, by entering multiple words separated by spaces.
The search tool does not distinguish between lowercase and uppercase, so you may use either when entering search terms.

Advanced search: Using the "Advanced Search" box, you can speed up your search by selecting the particular book or books in which you wish to search.

Using the book indexes

Each book on the website has a Table of Contents, a Subject Index, and an Index of Scriptural References. You can view these indexes by clicking on one of the book titles displayed on the homepage.

The Table of Contents displays the chapter titles of a book. Clicking on a chapter title brings up a list of the chapter's sections or points, with the first few words of the text for easy identification. Once you have clicked through to a point or section, you can read contiguous passages by clicking on the "Previous" and "Next" links at the bottom of each page of text.

The Subject Index is a topical index for each book which identifies the various sections and points touching on a particular subject.

The Index of Scriptural References identifies passages containing citations to Sacred Scripture. The Index is organized according to the books of the Old and New Testaments.

Print, Send to a Friend, Save, and Translate

After accessing a passage, you can perform the following operations:

Print: If you want a hard copy of the passage you have found, click on the "Print" link to display a printer-friendly text version.

Send: If you want to e-mail someone the passage you have accessed, click on the "Send" link. A new window will open up which lets you enter the recipient's e-mail address, your own name and e-mail address, and a message. When you click "Accept" the passage will be transmitted immediately.

Save: This option lets you save selected passages in your own personal folder, accessed through the "My Library" box on the homepage. If you have registered as a "My Library" user, clicking on the "Save" link opens a new window that lets you save the passage in your personal folder, which you can organize into convenient subfolders.

Translate: If you want to view the passage you have opened in another of the languages available on the site, click the arrow on the translate box and pick from the drop-menu of languages.

My Library

This function of the website allows you to create and maintain your own personal file, in which you can save your favorite passages from St. Josemaria's writings for quick reference when you return to the webpage later. This function is useful for research projects or as a bibliographical source for talks and homilies.

Using this service requires that you register with an e-mail address and password. This registration protects the contents of your personal file, and makes it possible for multiple persons to use the service from the same computer without getting their files mixed up together. The personal data collected in the registration is used for this service only, is confidential, and will not be used for future e-mails from the site administrators.

Once registered, you can create folders in which you can save passages you have selected.

In order to save a particular passage, once registered, you need only go to the passage and click the "Save" link. A window will appear on your screen in which you can select the folder you want to use to store the selected passage.

Some of the website's functions can be used only by accessing this section of the site. For example, this section allows you to select multiple points and print them in a single document. You can also save passages here as PDF files, which have a more polished appearance when viewed or printed. (To open a PDF file, you must have the Adobe Acrobat Reader program installed on your computer, which can be downloaded from: