In zijn boek over het Opus Dei citeert de Vaticanist John L. Allen een citaat
van Viktor Frankl over de stichter van het Opus Dei:
Even outside Catholic circles, Escrivá drew positive reactions. The Viennese psychiatrist Viktor
Frankl, a Holocaust survivor and author of
Mans Search for Meaning, once traveled to Rome with his wife and spoke with
Escrivá. Afterward, Frankl summarized his impressions: "If I am to say what fascinated me particularly about his personality it is, above all, the refreshing serenity which emanated from him and warmed the whole
conversation. Next, the unbelievable rhythm with which his thought flows, and, finally his amazing capacity for getting into immediate contact with those he is speaking to
Escrivá evidently lived totally in the present instant, he opened out to it
completely, and gave himself
entirely to it."
In de Tablet wordt deze tekst ook vermeld. Aan het bovenstaande citaat is
in The Tablet toegevoegd:
Frankl later described Escrivá as having "a real atomic bomb in his head".
Three years younger than Josemaría Escrivá, Viktor Frankl, who was Jewish, had kept himself going from 1942 to 1945 in several Nazi concentration camps (including Auschwitz and Dachau) through his faith in humanity. As he writes in the preface to one of his books: "In spite of everything, one must say 'yes' to life". Frankl noticed a similar joie de vivre during his conversation in Rome with the founder of Opus Dei, and he describes it in precise technical terms: "Msgr. Escriva evidently lived totally in the present instant, he opened out to it completely, and gave himself entirely to it. In a word, for him the instant possessed all the qualities of the decisive
- John L. Allen. Opus Dei. Secrets and Power Inside the Catholic
Church. Penguin Books, Londen (2005).
How Escrivá changed my life. The Tablet (19/01/2002)
- Andrew Soanne. Holy humorist. Catholic Herald (01/11/2001)