It is often said that history is a teacher of life, and those of us who have dedicated ourselves to this subject have experienced that, when you go back to the documents, when you go back to that well-done, objective and properly marked history, you really learn a lot from history and you learn a lot about how to apply history to your own life.
It makes sense that, in these days when we are living in such a special situation with the coronavirus, we should look back at the history of the Church, at the history of Opus Dei, at the history of St. Josemaría, and draw lessons for our own life.
In that respect, there is a very concrete, very practical scene, which could perhaps be the object of a moment’s consideration on our part from the angle of history. It is the period that is usually called the Honduras Legation, the time when, in the middle of the Spanish Civil War, in the early months of 1937, the War Front was already stabilised. The military campaigns during those months were concentrated in Malaga, Santander and Bilbao. In other words, the south and north of the Peninsula. But war had not yet been decided upon, either diplomatically or militarily. In Madrid itself, in those months from March to September, there was a situation of greater public order in the streets. The government of the Republic controlled the streets and, therefore, there was more policing on the streets. These controls were carried out in an orderly and concerted manner in the month of March.