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  • 31 New Deacons - Opus Dei
    Prayers and devotions Teachings of Saint Josemaría About Saint Josemaría Videos Christian life Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search About Opus Dei Message Activities Opus Dei in the U S Organization History People in Opus Dei Priestly Society of the Holy Cross Cooperators Canonization causes Books and texts Videos about Opus Dei Safe Environment The Prelate Biography Pastoral letters Other documents News From the Pope Recent News From the Prelate Personal testimonies Social initiatives Saint Josemaría Biography Prayers and devotions Teachings of Saint Josemaría About Saint Josemaría Videos Christian life Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search Close News Recent News 31 New Deacons On November 3 in Rome the Prelate conferred the diaconate on 31 lay faithful of Opus Dei who will be ordained priests next May With homily and photos from the ceremony Recent News Nov 2 2012 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle Homily given by the Prelate of Opus Dei Photos from the ordination ceremony The candidates are Julio Paz Miguens Argentina Peter Benedict Damian Grint United Kingdom Jorge Garaicoechea Tijero Spain Andrej Pedro Rant Lesar Argentina Andrew Patrick Soane United Kingdom Onésimo Díaz Hernández Spain Josh Núñez Valero Nigeria Ernesto Yamaguchi Okuyama Peru Juan José Salinas Medrano Ortiz Argentina Neptalí José Balza Ayaach Venezuela Juan Eguirón Bidarte Spain Josemaría Fernández Cueto Gutiérrez Mexico José Benigno Freire Salinas Spain Jose María Chiclana Actis Spain Keisuke Hazama Japan Joaquín Rodríguez Mas Spain Álvaro Cortés Márquez Spain Adolfo Luis Qüerio Casas Argentina Carlos López Villarejo Spain Pablo Giner Peyra Spain José María Torres López Spain Javier Bujalance Fernández Quero Spain Jaime Abascal Martínez Spain Mariano

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  • Prelate Ordains 35 Deacons - Opus Dei
    life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search Close News Recent News Prelate Ordains 35 Deacons On November 5 in Rome Bishop Javier Echevarría ordained 35 faithful of Opus Dei as deacons With list of new deacons to be ordained priests in May photos and words from the homily Recent News Nov 7 2011 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle Bishop Echevarría in his homily urged the new deacons to lead an intense life of prayer Prayer is more than just reciting vocal prayers although this can be very good as long as it is done calmly and attentively Logically the Christian cannot be satisfied with just this way of turning towards God we need to carry on a personal conversation with him one to one a conversation made up of listening to his voice and speaking in our own words Benedict XVI has been carrying out a catechesis about prayer Through it he seeks to encourage Christians to speak to our Lord to our Lady to the saints in a habitual way not only in times of need Our aspiration has to be to reach the stage when we can become people who know that they are always in God s presence and who as a consequence try to keep up a conversation with him in every circumstance Don t think that this is something very difficult To pray is to direct our thoughts towards our Creator in a spirit of adoration of thanksgiving of asking for help Prayer answers to the deepest desires of the human heart because we have been created to love and serve God on earth and then to be happy with him for ever Citing Benedict XVi he continued Nowadays we are taken up with so many activities and duties for this reason today more than ever we need to find specific moments to talk to God moments for silent recollection to meditate on what the Lord wants to teach us on how he is present and active in the world and in our life to be able to stop for a moment and meditate The Holy Father recalls that St Augustine compared meditation to the assimilation of food and used a verb that recurs throughout the Christian tradition to ruminate In order for the Gospel passages and the mysteries of God to end up becoming something familiar to us being a guide for our lives and nourishing us spiritually we have to make them resonate within us And let us not forget that having frequent recourse to the sacrament of Confession is another way of praying because God s forgiveness helps us to pray with peace If with the help of the Holy Spirit we take seriously the times we devote to meditation we will be amazed at their effect on our lives and the lives of others we will be more serene and contented because worries will fade away like mist in the sunshine we will pay more attention to serving

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  • Fr. John Wauck: The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass - Opus Dei
    Euskara España Français Français Belgique Français Cameroun Français Canada Français Côte d Ivoire Français France Français Luxembourg Français RD du Congo Français Suisse Hrvatski Hrvatska Indonesia Indonesia Italiano Italiano Italia Italiano Svizzera Latviešu Latvija Lietuvių Lietuva Magyar Magyarország Nederlands Nederlands België Nederlands Nederland Norsk Norge Polski Polska Português Brasil Português Portugal Slovenčina Slovensko Slovenščina Slovenija Suomi Suomi Svenska Sverige Việt ngữ Việt Nam العربي لبنان עברית ישראל русский русский Казахстан Русский Россия Українська Україна 中文 繁體 中文 繁體 zht 中文 繁體 香港 HK 日本語 日本 简体中文 中国 Contact rss Priestly Society of the Holy Cross Home Contact Search home What it is Priests and the message of Opus Dei History Key elements of the spirit of Opus Dei St Josemaría and Opus Dei Serving the Church Members and cooperators Requirements and incorporation In the U S News Testimonials Saint Josemaría Biography Videos Resources On the Catholic faith On the priesthood Search What it is Priests and the message of Opus Dei History Key elements of the spirit of Opus Dei St Josemaría and Opus Dei Serving the Church Members and cooperators Requirements and incorporation In the U S News Testimonials Saint Josemaría Biography Videos Resources On the Catholic faith On the priesthood Search Close Resources On the priesthood Other sources Fr John Wauck The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass This new video in the Year for Priests focuses on the Holy Mass the center and root of Christian life Other sources June 9 2010 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle phghaordenaciones jpg SSS Priestly Society of the Holy Cross Featured Future priest Jeff Langan Tadeo God s Green Light Dennis Your prayers sustain us priests Fr Robert Gendreau Priestly Society of the Holy Cross links The Holy See Writings of the founder of Opus Dei Saint Josemaría website Blessed Alvaro

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  • The Reason for Our Hope - Opus Dei
    technologies since everything is connected 7 Only a better knowledge of the loving face of Jesus Christ and a deeper friendship with him will enable the people around us to experience the surprise of our hope filled joyful news The university brings together all the various disciplines into a synthesis wherein one can see the link between the growth of human persons and the plan of the divine creator Research like any other honest human work enriches our life in the world while at the same time it represents each generation s commitment to the future Benedict XVI suggests a path for bringing about this great adventure of cultural synthesis Modern scientific reason quite simply has to accept the rational structure of matter and the correspondence between our spirit and the prevailing rational structures of nature as a given on which its methodology has to be based Yet the question why this has to be so is a real question and one which has to be remanded by the natural sciences to other modes and planes of thought to philosophy and theology 8 Therefore those working in the diverse branches of knowledge need to open themselves up to a higher realm of knowledge that sheds light on their results and unifies them The world becomes intelligible only when man s mind grasps this unity but for this our minds have to open themselves to a transcendent sphere that reveals the ultimate meaning of our existence At the same time this universal openness of reason implies that theologians and philosophers should not cut themselves off from the other sciences and branches of knowledge Philosophy and especially metaphysics uses the knowledge gained by the other disciplines it examines their premises attempting to clarify and justify them While appropriate for studying fundamental questions the knowledge gained by theology and philosophy never renders other types of knowledge superfluous 9 Moreover the openness of reason requires that philosophy and theology reflect on other dimensions of human life including the great religious experiences It is to this great logos to this breadth of reason that we invite our partners in the dialogue of cultures To rediscover it constantly is the great task of the university 10 A personal synthesis based on unity of life The link between faith and reason is found not only in the university In the teachings of John Paul II and Benedict XVI we can see a call from God s Providence to express better the harmony between faith and reason Responding to this call means cultivating our own formation and considering how our faith illumines our minds in our daily lives We are being asked to take the steps needed to make our reason truly Catholic In St Josemaría s words a genuinely Christian mind should possess a breadth of vision and a deepening insight into the things that remain alive and unchanged in Catholic orthodoxy a proper and healthy desire which should never be frivolous to present anew the standard teachings of traditional thought in philosophy and the interpretation of history a careful awareness of trends in science and contemporary thought and a positive and open attitude towards the current changes in society and in ways of living 11 Since not everyone has the same opportunities to deepen their cultural formation nor the same abilities and interests these words will apply to each one in differently But they should spur all of us to consider what steps we are taking in our effort to understand the problems of our times better and to make a more decisive contribution to solving them A solid understanding of the rational dimension of our faith is a basic part of every Christian s theological training and certainly an important part of the gift of tongues that St Josemaría wanted the modern apostle to have 12 Good high quality reading can be very helpful here since it provides a good way of broadening the horizons of our formation Reading supplies us with reasoned arguments useful information effective expressions it guides our feelings and affections Calm attentive reading spurs us to form new undertakings and helps us to arrive at truer judgments of the often fragmentary information that reaches us through the media One s lifestyle however can easily hinder one s reading of quality literature or works of serious intellectual content Because of the intensity of their work many people seek purely passive kinds of relaxation like watching television or reading escapist type novels Thinking of future generations we should consider the fact that the level of culture for a given person or for society in general depends in large part on the surroundings in which one is brought up In order to rehabilitate reason and employ it in harmony with the faith it is essential that a person s earliest upbringing and education help them to appreciate the beauty of goodness of virtuous behavior and of well finished work It will depend on parents teachers and friends whether or not young persons develop a taste for reading early on and fully develop that participation in the divine Logos which is their intellect Another element of a universal mentality is a positive and open attitude towards currents of contemporary thought To help people discover that Christ is the answer to their concerns we have to manifest a genuine interest in their problems and in the solutions they propose however mistaken they may seem to us A person with a genuinely catholic universal mentality is able to analyze and discuss the other person s position respectfully and without ridiculing it taking it seriously and finding its positive aspects Since reason is open to transcendence to the pursuit of truth it provides a basis for dialogue with other faiths Moreover it is a key instrument in preventing religion from degenerating into superstition Calm examination of opposing arguments helps us to formulate questions for ourselves and to develop our own ideas more seriously This is a mode of

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  • "He will descend upon each of these deacons, transforming them into priests of Jesus Christ: priests forever." - Opus Dei
    man s sin clouds over the divine gifts But faith reminds us that God is always acting He has created us and maintains us in existence and he leads all creation by his grace toward the glorious freedom of the children of God Rom 8 21 In reality the Paraclete is little known among Christians because they lack the desire to deal with Him and to spread to others His great love for us For this reason the Founder of Opus Dei called Him the Great Unknown But it does not have to be that way God the Father has been so good that not satisfied with giving us his Son Jesus the Word incarnate He has also given us the Holy Spirit Since our Baptism God one and three dwells in our souls through sanctifying grace By this sanctifying grace we call ourselves and truly are sons of God Dear brothers and sisters let us decide to seek the Holy Spirit in the depths of our souls to speak with Him to direct ourselves to Him in any situation And thus our everyday life will acquire greater height and depth and a supernatural meaning 3 The liturgy of the Church is rich in symbols that allude to the Paraclete which can help us to reflect on the Holy Spirit and His action in our souls The sequence Veni Sancte Spiritus that we pray in the Mass today and tomorrow as well as the hymn Veni Creator Spiritus that we sing during the ordination are full of these symbols I would like to comment briefly on a few In its very first stanza the Sequence speaks of the Holy Spirit as the light of the soul calling for Him to send us from Heaven a ray of his light and inviting us to invoke Oh most blessed light fill the hearts of your faithful The Sequence contrasts the light with the darkness It is a fact of life a world without light would be a dead world The Spirit dispels the darkness of sin reminds us of the teachings of Christ and helps us to deepen our knowledge of these teachings The Holy Spirit shows us the beauty of our Father God and makes us aspire to heavenly goods As the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches through his grace the Holy Spirit is the first to awaken faith in us and to communicate to us the new life which is to know the Father and the one whom he has sent Jesus Christ Together with the priesthood the Paraclete will give to you deacons my sons the power to teach the truths of the Faith and of Christian morality with authority You will be His instruments to enlighten souls and to answer the questions that often trouble hearts the meaning of suffering of life and death the immense love of God the Father for all his creatures the inseparable duties of justice and charity towards all people Keep in

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  • 36 Faithful of Opus Dei Ordained Deacons - Opus Dei
    devotions Teachings of Saint Josemaría About Saint Josemaría Videos Christian life Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search Close News Recent News 36 Faithful of Opus Dei Ordained Deacons The new deacons come from 15 countries and were ordained today by the Prelate in the Basílica of San Eugenio in Rome We present some excerpts from Bishop Javier Echevarría s homily along with the names of the newly ordained deacons Recent News Nov 24 2007 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle To see photos from the ordination ceremony click here All of us as Christian faithful the Prelate said in his homily are called to collaborate with Christ in carrying out the work of Redemption In order to realize this service we make use of all the necessary means prayer and the sacraments Let us pray for our relatives friends and colleagues Let us invite them to frequent Confession the sacrament of God s mercy and to receive the Eucharist sacramentum caritatis which is the guarantee of everlasting life Each one of us should carry out this service with the example of our wholly Christian conduct with that opportune word with a good piece of advice You my deacon sons in addition to these means that are common to all the faithful are called from this day on to collaborate in the spreading of the kingdom of Christ through the exercise of the deaconate which allows you to render in the name of Christ and of the Church service at the altar in the Word and in charity Bishop Echevarría asked for prayers for ecumenism and for the 23 new cardinals who have just been appointed by the Holy Father Finally he mentioned that on November 28 Opus Dei will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its erection as a personal prelature On this date he said our prayer will be summarized in a single phrase Deo omnis gloria may we give all the glory to God Besides God and the Blessed Virgin we direct our gratitude in a special way to the unforgettable Pope John Paul II who erected the Prelature with his apostolic authority We also thank our Father a priest who was most faithful to the divine will and the beloved Don Álvaro del Portillo who with the help of God carried to completion the task that our Founder had entrusted to him Finally he invited those present to stay very close to the Blessed Virgin during this anniversary of the Prelature We confide our thanksgiving to the Virgin our Mother through whose intercession come so many graces from heaven I urge you all to live each day very close to Mary In this way the period which will begin on the 28th of November and last until the 28th of November 2008 will be truly a Marian Year for all of us The newly ordained deacons come from fifteen different countries

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  • Prelate of Opus Dei ordains 38 new deacons - Opus Dei
    was celebrated at the Basilica of San Eugenio in Rome on the feast of Christ the King Some excerpts from his homily follow Recent News Dec 1 2006 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle If we want to be true disciples of our Lord we have to be as he was servants of all without exception and without demanding presumed rights derived from our age our economic or social situation our successes etc The teaching of Jesus is very clear that the greatest among you must become like the least and he who commands must be like he who serves What is our attitude on this point Unfortunately we live in a society which is highly competitive in which for many the only important thing seems to be personal success at any cost at the price of disregarding the most elementary duties such as for example careful attention to one s spouse to one s parents to one s children relationships of loyalty towards friends and companions and even at the price of treading upon the strictest obligations of justice and charity towards our neighbor The path to following in the footsteps of Christ is radically different Certainly Christians who are trying to sanctify themselves in the world have to make an effort every day to attain the highest possible prestige in their profession or position They should make the gifts they have received from God bear fruit since they will one day have to render an account to God But they should do this not because of an egotistic personal self affirmation but in order to serve their fellow men with greater efficacy In the words of the founder of Opus Dei I say to you We have to forget ourselves not aspiring to any other mastery than that of serving others as did Jesus Christ This requires the fortitude of submitting one s own will to the divine model working for all struggling for the eternal happiness and welfare of others I know no better path to being just St Josemaría concluded than that of a life of dedication and of service The kingdom of God is constructed in history It is not built in a spectacular way but especially in the intimacy of hearts It is not shown in banners fluttering in the wind but in the humility of the fulfillment of one s duty and of daily service When fathers and mothers care for their home with love and are concerned about the Christian education of their children they are building the Kingdom of God When professionals workers or students carry out their work well for love of God and neighbor they are building the Kingdom of God When businessmen or politicians legitimately try to increase their influence in society trying to contribute to the realization of the common good with personal sacrifice renouncing the use of means forbidden by a Christian conscience they are building the Kingdom of God When sick people offer our Lord

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  • Letter from the Prelate (January 2016) - Opus Dei
    as the person who experienced God s mercy most abundantly because she received the Only Begotten Son of God in her womb and as the person who responded to that outpouring of love most fully Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord let it be to me according to your word 11 This reply ancílla Dómini the handmaid of the Lord shows our Lady s total availability her humble docile self surrender to God s Word putting herself at the service of the redemption Her virginal motherhood impelled her to feel the weight of mankind with uninterrupted constancy on considering what St Gabriel was telling her on God s behalf You will bear a son and you shall call his name Jesus He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever and of his kingdom there will be no end 12 The weight of mankind and the weight of the Church Mater Ecclésiæ Mother of the Mystical Body of Christ which is the Church In union with Mary s petition the essential unity of the nascent Church was made visible with Peter and the other Apostles as they awaited the descent of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost 13 She with her motherly mediation cared and still cares for the Spouse of Christ and each of its members members of Christ Let us increase our prayer for this unity especially for daily unity with the Successor of Peter and the successors of the other Apostles Devotion to Mary is the best path to discover the merciful face of our Father God which shines out in the Incarnate Word It is very important that we should open our hearts to God s mercy always This is indispensable at all times but is perhaps especially called for in our day In this era of profound changes the Church is called to offer her particular contribution rendering visible the signs of the presence and closeness of God The Jubilee is a favourable time for all of us because by contemplating Divine Mercy which overcomes all human limitations and shines in the darkness of sin we are able to become more certain and effective witnesses 14 Moreover at this time of year people naturally and frequently draw up a balance of the year that has gone by and in the light of their findings set themselves some goals for the coming year Raising this to the supernatural level nothing could be more obvious than to begin the next twelve months with the holy urgent impulse to renew our desire to identify ourselves with Jesus Christ The best way is to turn to our Mother We always go to Jesus and return to him through Mary 15 She always leads us towards her Son as she did the servants at Cana when

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