Alvaro Del Portillo (1914-1994), now Blessed Alvaro Del Portillo after his recent beatification,was the second prelate of Opus Dei. He succeeded his good friend, the founder St. Josemaria Escriva (1902-1975), a patron of those with diabetes. At 64 pages, this little booklet offers a short but thorough introduction to Blessed Portillo. I was drawn to the book when I saw the title "The Power of Humility". Humility is the foundation of sanctity. What can prevent God from making you a saint if you're humble? Unfortunately, humility often comes through humiliation which rubs us poor prideful sinners the wrong way. If I have one quibble with the booklet it's that there isn't more of Blessed Alvaro's thought featured. Here's some that is:
"If we want to find more time to work, we need a greater consciousness of God's presence. Then we will work more peacefully and more intensely, and with a greater desire to do things well. The result is that our time multiplies, because we do things better, with more zest, and keener to get them right. Therefore we have fewer distractions and we waste less time (pp. 19, 20)."
I'm not a member of Opus Dei, but don't be scared away from them by nonsense like "The DaVinci Code" movies. Opus Dei teaches the laity to take the call to holiness seriously, as the Second Vatican Council also does.