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  • Authentic Feminism - Opus Dei
    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 The Prelate Other documents Authentic Feminism On one occasion you spoke of an authentic feminism What does that mean Other documents May 22 2004 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle John Paul II called feminism a substantially positive reality in the Letter he sent to women last June Doubtless there have been recent distortions damaging to women But we can say that they have been secondary effects The important thing is that the situation of women in the world has been greatly improved So when I speak of authentic feminism I am referring to everything that serves the cause of women On the path of feminism I see traces of the sexual revolution and the fear of having more children that divert the liberation of women from its true ends This means that true feminism has many objectives still to be attained Women frequently find themselves degraded by violence both in their homes and in society deprived of equal access to education and culture and treated disrespectfully as inferior The heart of true feminism is obvious enough to take more seriously the dignity of women This is very different from forms of feminism usually aggressive that treat sex as anthropologically and socially irrelevant as something purely physiological Taking seriously the dignity of women has to spread first of all among women themselves by eradicating all forms of inferiority complex This requires calling things by their names and rejecting for example everything that is conducive to the shameful business of pornography

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  • Fidelity and Creativity - Opus Dei
    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 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 The Prelate Other documents Fidelity and Creativity Pope John Paul II in his recent Apostolic Letter on the coming Jubilee has issued an energetic call to penance and reconciliation encouraging everyone to make an examination of conscience As one who has just assumed an important responsibility do you see anything about Opus Dei that needs to be changed Anything needing correction New messages to pass on to the faithful you have been entrusted with Other documents May 22 2004 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle Like so many other Christians the members of Opus Dei end each day taking a few moments for examination of conscience each on his own and in accord with his own schedule In Scripture we read that even the just man sins seven times a day Calling to mind our mistakes and faults leads us to ask for pardon We are all aware of being sinners who strive earnestly to love Jesus Christ with the assurance that God s merciful love gives us the strength to take on the work of each day With respect to changes in Opus Dei may I remind you of the simple fact that when I was born Opus Dei had already been founded a matter that belonged entirely to the Founder It is the responsibility of his successors to be faithful to that original mission and to use their initiative to develop the legacy that has been entrusted to them History doesn t stand still so creativity is in order True creativity lies in applying the spirit On a recent trip to Lithuania a country and a people to whom we owe special regard because of what they have suffered I verified the impact of Opus Dei s message about work in a country where so many people are demoralized In Israel too Opus Dei s spirit of openness to everyone without regard for race or creed is very attractive And in Japan the idea of finding God our Father during

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  • The Canonization of St. Josemaría Escrivá - Opus Dei
    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 The Prelate Other documents The Canonization of St Josemaría Escrivá Msgr Escrivá de Balaguer democratized holiness something the Pope has recommended to the whole Church But how can ordinary men and women imitate a priest whose way of life is so different from the kinds of concerns they have to deal with Other documents May 22 2004 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle St Josemaría insisted over and over that he was not the model that the only Model is Christ And the only one who models is the Holy Spirit he used to add In this instance and in every canonization the Church is inviting us not so much to imitate the personality of a particular saint but to learn from him how to imitate Christ St Josemaría a secular priest who loved the world and its secularity invites us to imitate Christ everywhere and all the time in the circumstances of ordinary life I am convinced that the figure of St Josemaría will always be timely The best answer to your question is St Peter s Square

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  • Does one have to stand out in order to be a saint? - Opus Dei
    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 The Prelate Other documents Does one have to stand out in order to be a saint Are the members of Opus Dei supposed to do outstanding work and seek to be the best Does one have to stand out in order to be a saint Other documents May 10 2004 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle It s just the reverse Becoming a saint is itself the outstanding thing about eternal life Since this is the same thing as identifying oneself with Christ more each day in spite of each one s weaknesses so long as we strive to overcome them it is a great responsibility we have before the world We take most seriously what is happening all around us because we want to help improve it as far as possible Human perfection is an important component of Christian work But that doesn t imply perfectionism or seeking success for its own sake It means working hard being generous truly being at the service of others Mere success is not the summit of personal aspirations What gives value to someone s life is very different from that One of Opus Dei s characteristics in the sanctification of professional work How is this to be understood Isn t there a danger of carrying this dedication too far Diário do Minho Braga Portugal October 2 2000 Yes there is a danger Unfortunately in the contemporary world there are people who can t find work and many others who probably work too much They do it in order to survive or out of an unmeasured zeal for personal success It s sad to see people who don t see a problem for example in neglecting their family obligations in order to put in a twelve or fourteen hour work day Work is a means not an end Our end is God So to sanctify work does not mean being successful but coming closer to God through one s work whether it be lowly or brilliant God put us in the world to work as we read in the book of Genesis To sanctify work is in the first place to work with

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  • Opus Dei’s Influence - Opus Dei
    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 The Prelate Other documents Opus Dei s Influence How does the Opus Dei Prelature given the current condition of the world influence events particularly in the Church Other documents May 10 2004 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle The main way the faithful of Opus Dei make a difference is through prayer Every lay person and priest in the Prelature nearly 80 000 of them pray daily for the Pope for bishops for Christian unity for this world they love so ardently I m convinced that this personal and collective prayer as it ascends to God continuously from all the continents does great good for the Church and for society Apart from that Opus Dei has no worldwide agenda for social action Yet the spirit of sanctification of ordinary work that animates the faithful of Opus Dei does move them to make their work an effective service of others and an instrument to promote justice and exercise charity among their equals And at the same time that work provides the occasion for a personal apostolate that serves the Church in those other lives The present condition of the world impacts Opus Dei in the same way it does the entire Church since the Prelature is a part of the Church Growing secularization and a spirit of radical autonomy does

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  • Opus Dei in Africa - Opus Dei
    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 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 The Prelate Other documents Opus Dei in Africa What is Opus Dei doing to promote the welfare of young people in the struggling countries of Africa so as to open more hopeful horizons Other documents May 10 2004 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle The most important work of the Prelature concerns the personal development of each of the faithful so that with freedom and responsibility they maximize their possibilities right where they are Thank God there are now several thousand faithful of Opus Dei in Africa Their primary concern like those in Asia the Americas Europe and Oceania is to put their faith into practice That personal effort extends to the promotion in cooperation with friends and colleagues of initiatives intended to relieve the material and spiritual needs of the people around them They strive to do everything possible to help those who are suffering from AIDS poverty and tribal rivalry As Christians they feel called to sanctify themselves in the world concretely in Africa with all its lights and shadows Besides these personal efforts the Opus Dei Prelature itself promotes numerous educational and public health programs in Africa hospitals universities high schools and women s centers Since 1957 many faithful of Opus Dei from other countries have moved to Africa to exercise their professional work in the service of their fellow citizens as physicians veterinarians nurses teachers agricultural engineers These men and women have been spreading the spirit that animates Opus Dei sanctification of professional work Now there are many Africans who are serving their fellow citizens in this way As I see it it is the Africans themselves not those from abroad whose professional and apostolic work provides the true measure of hope on a continent where the horizons are so broad and promising if they really work at it I d like to add that Africans have much to offer Europe their openness to the transcendent the cheerful way they go about their daily lives in spite of difficulties their ability to communicate their high regard for authentic

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  • Conservative or Progressive? - Opus Dei
    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 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 The Prelate Other documents Conservative or Progressive Is Opus Dei a conservative institution Other documents May 9 2004 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle If we understand the terms conservative and progressive in a political sense I cannot answer because that way of thinking has no application in the Church If we understand the term conservative apart from that political context one could say that everything in the Church is conservative for it conserves and passes on the Gospel of Christ the sacraments the treasure of the saints their works of mercy Similarly everything in the Church is progressive because she looks toward the future puts faith in young people seeks no privileges is close to the poor and the needy And so Opus Dei is

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  • Seventy-five Years of Opus Dei - Opus Dei
    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 The Prelate Other documents Seventy five Years of Opus Dei Almost 75 years from its foundation what is the root of the Work s vitality Other documents May 9 2004 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle Our specific mission is not to carry out particular apostolic works but to stimulate men and women of all social conditions to promote works of every kind to sanctify their own lives as a way of bearing witness to the universal truths in the Gospel We have centers in more than 70 countries most recently South Africa Kazakhstan and Lebanon Everywhere the faithful of the Prelature try to live as sincere Christians who carry out as our Founder put it an intense apostolate of friendship and confidence in their own family and professional environment Besides that some of them try to meet the needs of their local community always in cooperation with others

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