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Guadalupe Ortiz de Landázuri, a chemistry professor from Madrid, met Saint Josemaria in 1944. This encounter helped her discover that God invited her to a path of holiness right there where she already was, through her professional work. A few months after that meeting, Guadalupe wrote the first of the 350 letters that she would send to the founder of Opus Dei during her lifetime: a correspondence that began on March 19, 1944 and ended on June 22, 1975, four days before Saint Josemaria's death. These letters, which the founder of Opus Dei kept among his personal documents, are now kept in the General Archive of the Prelature.
The texts are grouped into five chapters marking critical moments in Guadalupe's life and that could offer inspiration for the lives of people in the 21st century.
María del Rincón and María Teresa Escobar, journalists and editors of the selection, work in the Communication Department of Opus Dei in Rome. "Several months ago, we began to study all the documentation referring to Guadalupe in depth, trying to grasp her character and to communicate the message of her life in the best possible way," explains Maria Teresa. "When we read her letters, we discovered her naturalness and simplicity, finding her to be a person who was very close to others. We decided that the best way to introduce her to the public was to let people discover her for themselves, just as we had."