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  • Joy and Sorrow - Opus Dei
    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 Joy and Sorrow How can one be joyful in a world like ours where sorrow and injustice are so prevalent Other documents May 9 2004 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle In her liturgy the Church dares to sing joyfully of the mystery of Christ s Cross Sorrow does not cancel out joy if we live it in union with the self giving of Jesus Christ for our salvation What smothers joy is the egoism of sin when we fail to love God and our neighbor along with a lack of repentance If our life is dominated by a superficial culture of images success and power any failure or economic reverse even the wrinkles of old age will sadden us For a Christian joy has nothing to do with the illusion of sinlessness which is non existent but with

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  • A World Thirsting for Peace - Opus Dei
    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 A World Thirsting for Peace With respect to the human condition in the past century St Josemaría Escrivá maintained that these world crises are crises of saints What is your view of that Is it still true now that we have entered a new century Other documents May 9 2004 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle Yes very much so And I would add that every day we can see ever more clearly the truth of those words It s enough to consider how our times are marked by violence corruption and injustice I don t mean only wars and international terrorism I refer also to things that come close to every one of us that we read every day in local newspapers We see over and over that aggressiveness knows no bounds when people forget God the moral law respect for life and human dignity These evils cannot be overcome only by threats of punishment It is necessary to proclaim the goodness and truth of small and large deeds of charity and justice We all do that right where we are even if we have to swim against the current For peace to abound in the

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  • Opus Dei - Archive - Other documents
    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 Other documents All About Opus Dei The Prelate News Saint Josemaría Christian life Press room There are 18 results for Other documents Role of the Prelate The Prelate guides Opus Dei s mission of spreading the universal call to sanctity and spurs forward the apostolic efforts of the Prelature s faithful Articles 03 07 2006 Man Woman and Family What do you mean when you say that the woman is the keystone of the family Other documents 01 26 2006 Authentic Feminism On one occasion you spoke of an authentic feminism What does that mean Other documents 05 22 2004 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 05 22 2004 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 05 22 2004 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 05 10 2004 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 05 10 2004 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 05 10 2004 Conservative or Progressive Is Opus Dei a conservative institution Other documents 05 09 2004 Seventy five Years of

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  • "They are girls who need a lot of affection" - Opus Dei
    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 Social initiatives They are girls who need a lot of affection Sofia Miguens teaches in Buen Consejo School located in an impoverished district of Buenos Aires Cardinal Bergoglio had a special love for this school and visited it several times Social initiatives Feb 6 2015 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle Teaching is a constant call to grow and rise above myself so as to pass on my enthusiasm to my students Sofia says Now 28 years old she has been working as an elementary school teacher in Buen Consejo School since 2007 Buen Consejo located in the Buenos Aires district of Barracas was founded in 1918 The school draws students from an area that is quite depressed economically Through the education and formation that it offers it seeks to help the girls go on to higher studies and find a worthwhile job while also striving to help further the cultural and spiritual atmosphere in their families While students pay what they can even if quite minimal the city government pays the teachers salaries and donations help cover many other expenses As regards the spiritual formation offered the Catholic education and spiritual care of the girls and their families is entrusted by the archdiocese to the Prelature of Opus Dei The students come from families with a lot of problems both economic and social They are families suffering greatly from poverty and delinquency Sofia says They come to school looking not only for learning but also for affection and stability The moment I enter the school grounds I find myself confronting hundreds of young faces seeking a smile from me They are girls who need a lot of affection someone who will listen to them and who will look them in the eye when they are trying to tell you something who will pay attention to them but also who will set clear limits Sofia says that the girls are all seeking to know what is good and what is bad And their reference point becomes their teacher Sofia stresses that respect for authority is quite strong in the school which makes her even more aware of the responsibility she has You become an example for them and you realize that whatever you tell them they may never hear it again It is very gratifying to see how just a few words can open for them a whole panorama and enkindle great aspirations Last year over thirty of the young girls at Buen Consejo went on to study at various universities in Buenos Aires In most cases their parents only finished elementary school so getting a university degree has enormous importance for them and their families Their whole life takes on a new direction and they can now assist

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  • Door of Mercy Opened in Our Lady of Peace - Opus Dei
    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 Door of Mercy Opened in Our Lady of Peace The Holy Door in the prelatic church of Our Lady of Peace in Rome was recently opened as in many churches and shrines around the world and the plenary indulgence for the Jubilee of Mercy can now be gained there Recent News Jan 11 2016 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle In the Bull Misericordiae Vultus Pope Francis expressed the desire that many people may rediscover Divine Mercy during the Jubilee Year Among other suggestions he encouraged the opening in basilicas and churches of a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles pardons and instils hope The Door of Mercy in the prelatic church of Our Lady of Peace where the mortal remains of Saint Josemaria and Blessed Alvaro reside was opened on December 13 Anyone who visits this church can obtain the plenary indulgence offered for the Jubilee of Mercy if the conditions set forth in the Bull are fulfilled This indulgence includes the removal of the temporal punishment for one s own sins and can also be applied in suffrage for the souls of the faithful departed In accord with the usual practice for the reception of indulgences and following the indications foreseen with respect to the Door of Mercy in various churches and shrines during the Jubilee Year the indulgence can be obtained by all the faithful who 1 make a visit to the prelatic church of our Lady of Peace and there after passing through the Holy Door or Door of Mercy take part in a liturgical celebration or at least remain for some minutes in prayer reflecting on God s mercy 2 recite the Creed and a prayer for the Pope and his intentions in particular the Our Father It is good to end the prayer with an invocation to the Most Merciful Heart of Jesus 3 and fulfill the other usual conditions foreseen by the Church sacramental confession and communion with complete detachment from sin even venial sin As for the sick and the elderly the Holy Father says For them it will be of great help to live their sickness and suffering as an experience of closeness to the Lord who in the mystery of

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  • Preparing for the Pope's Visit to Africa - Opus Dei
    was the beginning of the hope that the Pope would come to Africa Ugandan Bishops had invited the Pope for the 50 th commemoration of the Uganda martyrs The visit did not take place but was moved to this year We were all very excited and started planning a trip to Uganda to see the Pope Before all the details were featured into the plan the Vatican announced that the Pope s visit would start in Kenya The Pope would be coming to Kenya from the 25 th to the 27 th of November 2015 The request of Cardinal Njue to the youth of offering many Rosaries in preparation for the visit of the Holy Father was received with enthusiasm Strathmore and Kianda School encouraged the families of the students to recite the Rosary in family for this intention If the parents forget the little ones don t let a second day pass without reminding them Visits to the poor and the sick and Eucharistic vigils have been another highlight of this preparation In Kimlea Training Centre this was a historical event It was the first overnight vigil Many students participated They spent the night in the school where many joyfully slept on the floor Our dinner menu was delicious Githeri with tea for dessert breakfast was a mug of tea and 2 mandazis Most of the girls covered their slots and later returned for more adoration time and they all maintained a great atmosphere of piety The Vigil started at 5 30 p m with Benediction and a beautiful homily After the priest left we recited the Rosary together and then started the vigil Several of the students who participated are not Catholics and they were all so devout It was very moving In the early evening while some took their turn for the vigil the others were preparing dinner and later watched the movie Marcelino Bread and Wine In the different Centres activities have been held to get to know the Holy Father and his role as Successor of St Peter Kianda School choir is preparing to serenade the Pope the evening of his arrival at the Nunciature They have been rehearsing intensely and learning tangos to alternate with African songs They have also prepared an album with photos of all the families of the Kianda School students that they will send to the Pope so that he blesses them Faida Centre runs activities for girls between 10 years and 18 years To prepare for the visit of the Pope they have a map of the three countries he will visit in his first African trip Kenya Uganda and Central African Republic The map is sub portioned in small boxes that the club members are meant to shade according to the activity they have done to pray for the Pope s visit The seniors are learning how to bake an Argentinean cookie called alfajores Different groups in the club are competing and the group that makes the best

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  • Interview with Vicar General of Opus Dei - Opus Dei
    with Opus Dei as diocesan bishop When Cardinal Ratzinger was archbishop in Munich Opus Dei was just beginning its activities in that city Cardinal Bergoglio was well acquainted with the Work s apostolic endeavors in Buenos Aires and took a special interest in several social projects including schools for children from poor areas When I was vicar of Opus Dei in Argentina the Cardinal at one point asked us to take over a school run by religious nuns in one of the neighborhoods in Buenos Aires known as villas miserias slum districts since the nuns there no longer had the resources needed to take care of it In the first handwritten letter he sent to me as Pope he asked me to convey his greetings to the girls at this school called Good Counsel which the Work is now looking after and which currently has 900 girls studying there As archbishop he sent me special thanks for the help we were offering by providing spiritual direction for his diocesan priests He is well acquainted with the life of Saint Josemaria and has made it known that he has personal devotion to him He also has a special affection for a number of people in Opus Dei including a supernumerary with quite limited material resources who lives in what we Argentines call a conventillo a small sublet room where poor immigrants lived in the early 20 th century and also several people in the Work who are financially well off Therefore he has quite a comprehensive grasp of the real situation of the Prelature What about those who accuse Opus Dei of not liking this Pope They are mistaken and no one will succeed in separating us even a millimeter from the person of the Pope Any good Catholic needs to be in harmony with each Pope who is governing the Church This is something that Saint Josemaria left us as an inheritance Throughout Opus Dei s entire life we have always sought out this harmony from Pius XI up to Francis The Prelate in his monthly letters constantly echoes Pope Francis teachings and urges us to put them into practice For example following the Pope s request the Prelate has asked that all the schools social service projects and parishes entrusted to Opus Dei find ways to put into practice Pope Francis call to welcome immigrants by specific deeds by collecting funds by material and spiritual services The Prelate has also begun a number of initiatives to take advantage of the Year of Mercy convoked by Pope Francis for all the world s Catholics Many of the topics the Pope stresses remind us of Saint Josemaria s teachings For example the emphasis Pope Francis is giving to the sacrament of Penance he is the Pope who has spoken the most about Confession in recent years Is it true the Pope told you that the priests of Opus Dei are the ones who are doing the most to further the holiness

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  • Feast of Christ the King - Opus Dei
    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 Feast of Christ the King This Sunday is end of the liturgical year and the feast of Christ the King Some extracts from Saint Josemaria on the meaning of this feast Recent News Nov 20 2015 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle He is our King He desires ardently to rule our hearts because we are children of God But we should not try to imagine a human sort of rule Christ does not dominate or seek to impose himself because he has not come to be served but to serve His kingdom is one of peace of joy of justice Christ our King does not expect us to spend our time in abstract reasoning he expects deeds because not everyone who says to me Lord Lord shall enter the kingdom of heaven but he who does the will of my Father in heaven shall enter the kingdom of heaven Mt 7 21 Christ is Passing By 93 Could it be that Jesus wants to reign above all in men s hearts in your heart That is why he has become a child for who can help loving a little baby Where then is the king Where is the Christ whom the Holy Spirit wants to fashion in our souls He cannot be present in the pride that separates us from God nor in the lack of charity which cuts us off from others Christ cannot be there In that loveless state man is left alone Christ is Passing By 31 Christ should reign first and foremost in our soul But how would we reply if he asked us How do you go about letting me reign in you I would reply that I need lots of his grace Only that way can my every heartbeat and breath my least intense look my most ordinary word my most basic feeling be transformed into a hosanna to Christ my King Christ is Passing By 181 If we let Christ reign in our soul we will not become authoritarian Rather we will serve everyone How I like that word service To serve my King and through him all those who have been redeemed by his blood I really wish we Christians knew how to serve for only by serving can we know and love Christ and make him known and loved Christ is Passing By 182 That is the calling of Christians that is our apostolic task the desire which should consume our soul to make this kingdom of Christ a reality to eliminate hatred and cruelty to spread throughout the earth the strong and soothing balm of love Let us ask our King today to make us collaborate humbly and fervently in the divine task of mending what is broken of saving what is

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