The 5-day retreat was an "adaptation to modern man" while still preserving the masterpieces of the original 30-day format.
Josemaria Escrivas work, is enough to whet the curiosity, to incite lifting the veil by investigating all documentation on these works.
Let us begin with what the Conciliar Church today exalts. Vallet founded the Parochial Co-operators of Christ the King with the express purpose of presenting this abbreviated form of the Exercises to laity, who for reasons of time, money, and physical and mental capacity found the 30-day regimen too difficult.
Nothing written in this publication, a priori, arouses any suspicion of an orientation deviating from the traditional teaching of the Church.
Thus, the reader faithful to Church teaching remains trusting.
In this exclusive English translation of an article appearing in Le Sel de la Terre (No.
11), Nicolas Dehan probes the organization referred to as Opus Dei and its beatified founder, Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer. Peters Square in Rome revealed to, and thrust upon the world a mans name and that of his work, both up until then relatively unknown to the general public.
We shall begin our investigation with the first French work aimed at the public, written by an Opus Dei member, recommended by its Information Bulletin, and titled The Opus Dei. The author, Dominique Le Tourneau, who has a Ph. in canon law and a degree in economics, paints a 120-page, complimentary portrait of the Founder and an idealized expos of the spirituality of The Work.
It is an account without warts of the Opus Deis work and its ensuing fruits.
For instance, think of the time it took - 170 years - to define the heroic virtue of an authentic popular apostle like Louis-Marie Grignon de Montfort.