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  • Source of Joy - Opus Dei
    but reflect this rich vein of cheerfulness Point 268 says Thank him for everything because everything is good It is a fundamental text on cheerfulness and joy The result of giving thanks for everything is great joy as the Gospel loves to make clear the angels at Christ s birth announced a great joy Lk 2 10 the disciples comforted by the blessing of Christ who had returned to his Father felt great joy Lk 24 50 52 Asking for help For all these reasons Christians should be decidedly cheerful Christian optimism is based on the fact that a royal road to the greatest good of all has been opened up to us and that greatest good is God Therefore permanent pessimism cannot be a Christian attitude To think that everything is so bad the human heart so corrupt that not even God can save it is a form of pride of self adoration This type of pride also shows up in human relationships people who are chronically sad do not let themselves be helped but think they are so complex that nobody could ever sort them out On the other hand there is nothing pleasanter than someone who lets themselves be helped not servilely but with the open attitude of I don t know this please can you teach me In the shape of the Cross On the other hand thinkers such as Kierkegaard or Unamuno and all those who in one way or another have talked about the tragic meaning of life have sensed whether clearly or obscurely that in this history in this world man s happiness can never be complete Joy is the consequence of achieving a good what is more a good that is given gratis given out of pure liberality But in all the history of this world among all the creations of men or the goods of nature there is no eternal good to be rejoiced over for the one eternal good God cannot be seen and so cannot be possessed or enjoyed completely in this life We come to a paradox once more This paradox was often pointed out by St Josemaría in the phrase happiness has Cross shaped roots 1 To understand this better we need to bring together several of the ideas already mentioned For example there is the connection between happiness and childhood It is not surprising then to find in The Way that the root of cheerfulness is in knowing that we are children of God This is found in the two chapters that deal with Spiritual Childhood For example point 659 can be read in the light of point 860 The first runs The cheerfulness you should have is not the kind we might call physiological good spirits the happiness of a healthy animal You must seek something more the supernatural happiness that comes from abandoning everything including your own self into the loving arms of our Father God The other one 860 reads Before God who

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  • Salt and Light, Example and Doctrine - Opus Dei
    set on God trusting in his fatherly providence with no fear of human judgments or false scandals without discouragement or bitterness At times we will see that some people when they discover what is clearly good will scrutinize and examine it to try to find something bad hidden behind it 3 Or they will twist things in such a way that even deeds of justice and charity the desire to serve others and foster their good will cause them to take offense 4 The urgency of the apostolate doesn t leave us time to worry about these attitudes As St Paul exhorts the Corinthians nothing should detain us since we are ready if necessary to live as impostors and yet are true as unknown and yet well known as dying and behold we live as punished and yet not killed as sorrowful yet always rejoicing as poor yet making many rich as having nothing and yet possessing everything 5 Nevertheless the usual thing is that integral Christian behavior will also give rise to questions in well intentioned people since the new life it gives testimony to requires an explanation The witness of so many Christian families living their faith amid the sorrows and joys of this life leads many persons to ask what is the source of this peace and joy what is the reason for such self denial why such desires to serve even without tangible rewards These are some of the questions that can run through the minds of our colleagues and acquaintances although at first perhaps they don t vocalize them Our friendship will be what wins their trust it will be the channel through which many people challenged by the testimony of good example will be receptive to good doctrine Sowing friendship is essential to our way of being in the middle of the world Friendship is the bridge between example and doctrine between salt and light As St Josemaria said Live your ordinary life work at your job trying to fulfil the duties of your state in life doing your job your professional work properly improving getting better each day Be loyal be understanding with others and demanding on yourself Be mortified and cheerful This will be your apostolate Then though you won t see why because you re very aware of your own wretchedness you will find that people come to you Then you can talk to them quite simply and naturally on your way home from work for instance or in a family gathering on a bus walking down the street anywhere You will chat about the sort of longings that everyone feels deep down in his soul even though some people may not want to pay attention to them they will come to understand them better when they begin to look for God in earnest 6 The Light of Good Doctrine When souls are moved by good example and begin to want to change or at least to know more fully the reasons for our Christian hope then we have to speak to them with the gift of tongues with a solid knowledge of doctrine with affection patience and serenity As St Peter exhorted we must always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you yet do it with gentleness and reverence and keeping your conscience clear 7 Let us never forget that a good part of our apostolate consists in making virtue loveable fleeing from any bitter zeal Sacred Scripture gives us numerous examples of this Jesus never tired of explaining his way of acting even with persons who sought to twist his words He did so with simplicity and imagination adapting what he said to his listeners in such a way that the most sublime truths could reach those with humble minds He urged everyone to convert without taking away their freedom Jesus awakened dormant consciences with great delicacy helping them to judge their own actions objectively We see this with the Samaritan woman First he gained her confidence by letting her see that even though he was a Jew he did not refuse to speak with Samaritans He spoke to her about what interested her since drawing water was part of her daily concerns He brought light to her conscience little by little with the skill of one who knows how to read souls He asked her to call her husband thereby causing her to reveal almost inadvertently something about her personal life I have no husband Finally our Lord s words bring her face to face with the light of the truth showing her that she needs to convert You are right in saying I have no husband for you have had five husbands and he whom you now have is not your husband 8 The same thing happened with those who accused the adulterous woman and as they continued to ask him he stood up and said to them let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her He did not have to say anything more But when they heard it they went away one by one beginning with the eldest 9 His valiant and merciful stance opened the heart of that poor woman to forgiveness and conversion neither do I condemn you go and do not sin again 10 To the woman in the midst of her domestic duties our Lord spoke of fountains and water to farmers he spoke of work in the fields to fishermen of ships and nets to doctors of the law of the Scriptures What a marvelous challenge to be attuned to the concerns and problems of each age and place in order to make the truth of doctrine understandable and present it in a lovable and appealing way well suited to our contemporaries We can learn for example from John Paul II s experience After so many years of

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  • Opus Dei - Talks for Cooperators
    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 About Opus Dei Cooperators Talks for Cooperators Fortitude Articles on Christian life 12 15 2014 Strength of spirit or fortitude helps us cope with difficulties and overcome our limitations For Christians Christ is our example of how to The Art of Prayer Articles on Christian life 03 04 2015 Prayer is a heart to heart dialogue with God and we have to put our whole heart into it Humility Virtues 08 26 2008 Humility is one of the foundation stones of authentic Christian life because it is the dwelling place of charity We offer some reflections on this Family and School Family life 03 19 2014 The self sacrificing love of the parents generates in the family an atmosphere that facilitates their mission of leading their children to live the Perseverance Virtues 08 22 2014 Being faithful to a person a love a vocation is a path that requires both human loyalty and reliance on God s grace Salt and Light Example and Doctrine Virtues 08 18 2010 An article on the need in today s world for the hope Christ brings We must learn to read events with the objectivity of faith in order to sow Source of Joy Articles on Christian life 03 04 2015 Christians should be truly joyful Christian optimism is based on the fact that a royal way to the greatest good of all has been opened up to us the Trusting in God Virtues 05 15 2013 The struggle for sanctity comes down to allowing the Holy Spirit to work in our souls cooperating with him but without trying to take his place Sacramental Confession Summaries of Catholic Teaching 01 28 2014 Christ instituted the sacrament of Penance to offer us a new possibility of converting and recovering after Baptism the grace of justification Holy Purity a Fruitful Love Summaries of Catholic Teaching 01 27 2014 God is love 1 Jn 4 8 and his love is fruitful He wants human beings to share in this fecundity by linking the procreation of each new person Devotion to Our Lady Articles on Christian life 11 26 2014 This article explains the veneration given by Catholics to the Mother of God which started in the Church in ancient times and continues to be felt The Eucharist Summaries of Catholic Teaching 01 28 2014 The Eucharist is the memorial of Christ s Paschal mystery making present his unique sacrifice in the liturgy of the Church Sanctifying Daily Work

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  • "The wisdom to reach positive solutions" - Opus Dei
    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 About Opus Dei Cooperators The wisdom to reach positive solutions Hanada a Palestinian Arab from Ramallah who now lives in Jerusalem is grateful for the formation she receives as a Cooperator of Opus Dei Cooperators March 5 2015 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle Hanada with her husband who is Greek Orthodox I am a Palestinian Arab from Ramallah a Lutheran Christian married to a Greek Orthodox We live in Jerusalem I was looking for a place where my children could learn the Christian faith and with this aim my son began to participate in the activities of a center for boys that Opus Dei has in Jerusalem My daughter started to attend the girls activities and then I too started to take part in doctrinal classes and other activities for women I wanted to be a Cooperator because I understood the need for formation in our community and also because I wanted to spread it among the people of our city so that it could help them as much as it helps me In the

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  • Details No One Sees - Opus Dei
    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 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 About Opus Dei Cooperators Details No One Sees Gavin Dixon works in a garage in Ireland repairing cars A Cooperator of Opus Dei he says he is grateful for learning how to turn his work into prayer by caring for details only God sees Cooperators Feb 17 2014 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle I received Baptism and Confirmation when I was young but didn t have a deep understanding of the faith A friend invited me to attend the monthly recollections and little by little I discovered the reasons behind the faith I work in a garage I paint many vehicles that have been repaired after an accident and as I m working on each one I ask God for some particular intention I often work on parts of the car that are not seen but since I try to offer my work as a prayer I pay great attention to detail in these areas Learning how to apply the Catholic faith

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  • An Aussie family Christmas with an American flavor - Opus Dei
    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 About Opus Dei Cooperators An Aussie family Christmas with an American flavor Piaf Kroeger is a Cooperator of Opus Dei from Sydney Australia Mother and part time teacher she is married to Kevin and they have 4 children Kevin hails from Hannibal Missouri USA Cooperators Dec 31 2013 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle How has being a co operator helped you I became a cooperator when I was at university During this time many of my friends were searching for answers to life s big questions I found the faith formation I was receiving helped answer many of these questions and my faith became more real and personal During this time I gained a deeper understanding of the Church s teachings and more importantly I felt supported and encouraged to live my faith in all areas of my life This has continued to this day The formation I receive as a cooperator helps me live my faith in a united way whether I am at home at work or with friends It helps me try to be a good wife mother friend and teacher How did you meet Kevin Kevin and I met in early 2000 It was my brother Paul s birthday and he was given two tickets to the Harbour Bridge Climb but the friend that was meant to be joining him had pulled out at the last minute I was the replacement Kevin was back packing around Australia and it just so happened that he was climbing the bridge that day as well We struck up a friendship and from there stayed in contact via email Over the next several months Kevin and I wrote to each other regularly and bonded over our similar hobbies as well as a common Catholic faith Kevin was very involved in the Catholic LifeTeen movement in the US while I was attending formation activities at a centre of Opus Dei in Sydney Although Kevin knew little about the Work he was very impressed with the depth of my faith and found The Way very helpful in his own prayer life Over the next two years we wrote emails made many very long phone calls and took turns travelling back and forth between the two countries I travelled to the US and did a study exchange at the University of California for 6 months Although Kevin was living in Silicon Valley during this time a 2 hour drive from the university it was closer than Australia After this trip we were engaged and we married in February 2004 We now have

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  • Everything With a Smile - Opus Dei
    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 About Opus Dei Cooperators Everything With a Smile Maria Spenger lives in Graz Austria with her husband and two daughters As a Cooperator of Opus Dei she is grateful for the formation that helps her remain peaceful and find God in those around her Cooperators Dec 6 2013 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle Ever since I began to attend some means of formation I ve often felt I was consuming goods constantly and giving nothing back in return Now as a Cooperator I can make a contribution but above all I receive help to sanctify my daily life and do everything with a smile I find it challenging to be faithful to prayer and put order into my daily life getting up praying looking after the children at school shopping doing housework tackling piles of dirty clothes cooking I ve learned how to set priorities and work in a more orderly way One of the most important things I ve learned is how to discover God in my neighbor in the people around me in those who are suffering and are

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  • Opus Dei - Archive - Cooperators
    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 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 Archive Cooperators All About Opus Dei The Prelate News Saint Josemaría Christian life Press room There are 11 results for Cooperators The wisdom to reach positive solutions Hanada a Palestinian Arab from Ramallah who now lives in Jerusalem is grateful for the formation she receives as a Cooperator of Opus Dei Cooperators 03 05 2015 Details No One Sees Gavin Dixon works in a garage in Ireland repairing cars A Cooperator of Opus Dei he says he is grateful for learning how to turn his work into prayer by caring for details only God sees Cooperators 02 17 2014 An Aussie family Christmas with an American flavor Piaf Kroeger is a Cooperator of Opus Dei from Sydney Australia Mother and part time teacher she is married to Kevin and they have 4 children Kevin hails from Hannibal Missouri USA Cooperators 12 31 2013 Everything With a Smile Maria Spenger lives in Graz Austria with her husband and two daughters As a Cooperator of Opus Dei she is grateful for the formation that helps her remain peaceful and find God in those around her Cooperators 12 06 2013 What is a Cooperator A brief explanation of who the Cooperators of Opus Dei are Cooperators 05 27 2013 Like a Gas Station Christian grew up in a Lutheran part of Germany Reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church and The Way led him to decide to become a Catholic and a Cooperator of Opus Dei Cooperators 11 19 2012 play Vince Lozano technical writer and Opus Dei cooperator VIDEO an aerospace technical writer talks about what drew him to Opus Dei what Opus Dei provides for him as a cooperator and controversies about Opus Dei Cooperators 05 21 2011 Brochure about Cooperators A 46 page brochure about Cooperators of Opus Dei is available in PDF format Cooperators 05 21 2011 play St Josemaría Cooperators of Opus Dei Cooperators help Opus Dei in various ways by praying and giving of their work their time or their money St Josemaría encourages them to also get others to stand up

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