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  • "The joy of forgiveness" - Opus Dei
    Lord cf 1 Sam 1 20 22 24 28 In the same way Joseph and Mary in the company of Jesus go as pilgrims to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover cf Lk 2 41 52 We often see pilgrims journeying to shrines and places dear to popular piety These days many of them are making their way to the Holy Door opened in all the cathedrals of the world and in many shrines But the most beautiful thing which emerges from the word of God today is that the whole family goes on pilgrimage Fathers mothers and children together go to the house of the Lord in order to sanctify the holy day with prayer It is an important teaching which is meant for our own families as well Indeed we could say that family life is a series of pilgrimages both small and big For example how comforting it is for us to reflect on Mary and Joseph teaching Jesus how to pray This is a sort of pilgrimage the pilgrimage of education in prayer And it is comforting also to know that throughout the day they would pray together and then go each Sabbath to the synagogue to listen to readings from the Law and the Prophets and to praise the Lord with the assembly Certainly during their pilgrimage to Jerusalem they prayed by singing the Psalm I was glad when they said to me Let us go to the house of the Lord Our feet are standing within your gates O Jerusalem 122 1 2 How important it is for our families to journey together towards a single goal We know that we have a road to travel together a road along which we encounter difficulties but also enjoy moments of joy and consolation And on this pilgrimage of life we also share in moments of prayer What can be more beautiful than for a father and mother to bless their children at the beginning and end of each day to trace on their forehead the sign of the cross as they did on the day of their baptism Is this not the simplest prayer which parents can offer for their children To bless them that is to entrust them to the Lord just like Elkanah and Anna Joseph and Mary so that he can be their protection and support throughout the day In the same way it is important for families to join in a brief prayer before meals in order to thank the Lord for these gifts and to learn how to share what we have received with those in greater need These are all little gestures yet they point to the great formative role played by the family in the pilgrimage of everyday life At the end of that pilgrimage Jesus returned to Nazareth and was obedient to his parents cf Lk 2 51 This image also contains a beautiful teaching about our families A pilgrimage does not end when we arrive at

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  • "I always keep two things in my pocket" - Opus Dei
    proposing an easy life but a life full of meaning because of the love we give because of the hope we share And this perhaps is at the heart of Africa a limitless optimism despite challenges and difficulties Below we summarize the reactions of some of the people who saw him or heard him Wajonah a student called his mother to ask her if she needed cards for the Mass He had extra She told him she was not up to walking long distances in the darkness of the wee hours of the night to get to the venue He was quick to remind her that in her youth they walked longer distances just to get to Sunday Mass At the end of the Mass with Pope Francis at the University of Nairobi Wajonah s mum called him up to thank him profusely for shaking her out of her lethargy It was wonderful One in a lifetime opportunity Thank you very much Kelvin another student was struck by the words of the Holy Father at the meeting with the youth where he mentioned loving others even though you were not loved and if you find someone is lonely keeping them company He found it inspiring because it is the opposite of what he had lived and experienced Teresa whose family had been abandoned by her father when she was small was also struck by the Pope s words First he encouraged young people to take care of the family a basic institution for human society But the Pope was even more specific There is only one remedy to come out of these experiences to do what oneself has not received If you haven t received understanding be understanding with others if you haven t received love love others if you have felt the pain of loneliness approach those that are alone Two volunteers were helping to guide the people coming through the entrance of the University of Nairobi grounds where the Mass was taking place There came a mother a child and a friend accompanying them who asked them if they could get out through the gate just next to them The volunteers advised them that should they leave the security guards would not let them back in The mother of the child informed them that they had started travelling from 11 pm the previous day and that the child had not eaten anything and was hungry They had parked their car far away and had left their food there We gave them our food and they ate and went away happy they said I was impressed that they had come so early to attend the Mass I thought I had come early since I had arrived at about 4 30 am Kevin was struck by the Pope s humility which he came to learn also includes letting others serve you It doesn t mean that I should always be the one to serve people Give them a chance also

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  • "A simple secret to healing wounds" - Opus Dei
    writing the beauty of the Gospel of the family on the pages of real life In a world which is sometimes barren of life and love you speak each day of the great gifts that marriage and family are Today I would like to emphasize this aspect that the family is a great training ground for the mutual giving and forgiving without which no love can last for long Without self giving and seeking forgiveness love does not last it does not endure In the prayer that he himself taught us namely the Our Father Jesus makes us ask the Father Forgive us our debts As we also have forgiven our debtors And at the end he states For if you forgive men their trespasses your heavenly Father also will forgive you but if you do not forgive men their trespasses neither will your Father forgive your trespasses Mt 6 12 14 15 One cannot live without seeking forgiveness or at least one cannot live at peace especially in the family We wrong one another every day We must take into account these mistakes due to our frailty and our selfishness However what we are asked to do is to promptly heal the wounds that we cause to immediately reweave the bonds that break within the family If we wait too long everything becomes more difficult There is a simple secret to healing wounds and to avoiding recriminations It is this do not let the day end without apologizing without making peace between husband and wife between parents and children between brothers and sisters between daughters and mothers in law If we learn to apologize promptly and to give each other mutual forgiveness the wounds heal the marriage grows stronger and the family becomes an increasingly stronger home which withstands the shocks of our smaller or greater misdeeds This is why there is no need for a long speech as a caress is enough one caress and everything is over and one can start afresh But do not end the day at war If we learn to live this way in the family we can also do so outside wherever we may be It is easy to be skeptical about this Many people even Christians think it is an exaggeration It is said yes they are fine words but it is impossible to put them into practice But thanks be to God it is not so Indeed it is precisely in receiving forgiveness from God that we in turn are capable of forgiving others This is why Jesus has us repeat these words each time we recite the Our Father prayer that is every day And it is crucial that in a sometimes pitiless society there be places such as the family in which to learn to forgive one another The Synod also rekindled our hope in this regard namely that the capacity to forgive and to seek forgiveness is part of the vocation and the mission of the family

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  • Homily Opening Synod on the Family - Opus Dei
    past It would seem that the most advanced societies are the very ones which have the lowest birth rates and the highest percentages of abortion divorce suicide and social and environmental pollution Love between man and woman In the first reading we also hear that God was pained by Adam s loneliness He said It is not good that the man should be alone I will make him a helper fit for him Gen 2 18 These words show that nothing makes man s heart as happy as another heart like his own a heart which loves him and takes away his sense of being alone These words also show that God did not create us to live in sorrow or to be alone He made men and women for happiness to share their journey with someone who complements them to live the wondrous experience of love to love and to be loved and to see their love bear fruit in children as the Psalm proclaimed today says cf Ps 128 This is God s dream for his beloved creation to see it fulfilled in the loving union between a man and a woman rejoicing in their shared journey fruitful in their mutual gift of self It is the same plan which Jesus presents in today s Gospel From the beginning of creation God made them male and female For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh So they are no longer two but one flesh Mk 10 6 8 cf Gen 1 27 2 24 To a rhetorical question probably asked as a trap to make him unpopular with the crowd which practiced divorce as an established and inviolable fact Jesus responds in a straightforward and unexpected way He brings everything back to the beginning to the beginning of creation to teach us that God blesses human love that it is he who joins the hearts of two people who love one another he who joins them in unity and indissolubility This shows us that the goal of conjugal life is not simply to live together for life but to love one another for life In this way Jesus re establishes the order which was present from the beginning Family What therefore God has joined together let not man put asunder Mk 10 9 This is an exhortation to believers to overcome every form of individualism and legalism which conceals a narrow self centredness and a fear of accepting the true meaning of the couple and of human sexuality in God s plan Indeed only in the light of the folly of the gratuitousness of Jesus paschal love will the folly of the gratuitousness of an exclusive and life long conjugal love make sense For God marriage is not some adolescent utopia but a dream without which his creatures will be doomed to solitude Indeed being afraid to accept this plan paralyzes the

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  • Communication and Mercy - Opus Dei
    all people of good will to rediscover the power of mercy to heal wounded relationships and to restore peace and harmony to families and communities All of us know how many ways ancient wounds and lingering resentments can entrap individuals and stand in the way of communication and reconciliation The same holds true for relationships between peoples In every case mercy is able to create a new kind of speech and dialogue Shakespeare put it eloquently when he said The quality of mercy is not strained It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath It is twice blessed it blesseth him that gives and him that takes The Merchant of Venice Act IV Scene I Our political and diplomatic language would do well to be inspired by mercy which never loses hope I ask those with institutional and political responsibility and those charged with forming public opinion to remain especially attentive to the way they speak of those who think or act differently or those who may have made mistakes It is easy to yield to the temptation to exploit such situations to stoke the flames of mistrust fear and hatred Instead courage is needed to guide people towards processes of reconciliation It is precisely such positive and creative boldness which offers real solutions to ancient conflicts and the opportunity to build lasting peace Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God Mt 5 7 9 How I wish that our own way of communicating as well as our service as pastors of the Church may never suggest a prideful and triumphant superiority over an enemy or demean those whom the world considers lost and easily discarded Mercy can help mitigate life s troubles and offer warmth to those who have known only the coldness of judgment May our way of communicating help to overcome the mindset that neatly separates sinners from the righteous We can and we must judge situations of sin such as violence corruption and exploitation but we may not judge individuals since only God can see into the depths of their hearts It is our task to admonish those who err and to denounce the evil and injustice of certain ways of acting for the sake of setting victims free and raising up those who have fallen The Gospel of John tells us that the truth will make you free Jn 8 32 The truth is ultimately Christ himself whose gentle mercy is the yardstick for measuring the way we proclaim the truth and condemn injustice Our primary task is to uphold the truth with love cf Eph 4 15 Only words spoken with love and accompanied by meekness and mercy can touch our sinful hearts Harsh and moralistic words and actions risk further alienating those whom we wish to lead to conversion and freedom reinforcing their sense of rejection and defensiveness Some feel that a vision of society rooted in mercy is hopelessly idealistic or excessively indulgent

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  • Jubilee of Mercy: Opening of Holy Door - Opus Dei
    of the word of God which we have just heard That word highlights the primacy of grace Again and again these readings make us think of the words by which the angel Gabriel told an astonished young girl of the mystery which was about to enfold her Hail full of grace Lk 1 28 The Virgin Mary was called to rejoice above all because of what the Lord accomplished in her God s grace enfolded her and made her worthy of becoming the Mother of Christ When Gabriel entered her home even the most profound and impenetrable of mysteries became for her a cause for joy a cause for faith a cause for abandonment to the message revealed to her The fullness of grace can transform the human heart and enable it to do something so great as to change the course of human history The feast of the Immaculate Conception expresses the grandeur of God s love Not only does he forgive sin but in Mary he even averts the original sin present in every man and woman who comes into this world This is the love of God which precedes anticipates and saves The beginning of the history of sin in the Garden of Eden yields to a plan of saving love The words of Genesis reflect our own daily experience we are constantly tempted to disobedience a disobedience expressed in wanting to go about our lives without regard for God s will This is the enmity which keeps striking at people s lives setting them in opposition to God s plan Yet the history of sin can only be understood in the light of God s love and forgiveness Sin can only be understood in this light Were sin the only thing that mattered we would be the most desperate of creatures But the promised triumph of Christ s love enfolds everything in the Father s mercy The word of God which we have just heard leaves no doubt about this The Immaculate Virgin stands before us as a privileged witness of this promise and its fulfilment This Extraordinary Year is itself a gift of grace To pass through the Holy Door means to rediscover the infinite mercy of the Father who welcomes everyone and goes out personally to encounter each of them It is he who seeks us It is he who comes to encounter us This will be a year in which we grow ever more convinced of God s mercy How much wrong we do to God and his grace when we speak of sins being punished by his judgment before we speak of their being forgiven by his mercy cf Saint Augustine De Praedestinatione Sanctorum 12 24 But that is the truth We have to put mercy before judgment and in any event God s judgement will always be in the light of his mercy In passing through the Holy Door then may we feel that we ourselves are part of this mystery

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  • Pope Francis in the United States - 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 From the Pope Pope Francis in the United States Links to all of Pope Francis homilies and major addresses during his recent trip including in flight press conference on return flight to Rome From the Pope Sept 28 2015 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle Wednesday September 23 Midday Prayer with the bishops of the United States St Matthew s Cathedral Mass of Canonization of Junipero Serra Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Thursday September 24 Address to Joint Session of the United States Congress Friday September 25 Visit to the United Nations and Address to the United Nations General Assembly Inter religious encounter at the Ground Zero memorial Visit to Our Lady Queen of the Angels School and meeting with children and families of migrants Homily at Mass in Madison Square Garden Saturday September 26 Homily at Mass in Cathedral Basilica of Sts Peter and Paul Philadelphia Meeting for Religious Freedom with the Hispanic community and other immigrants at the Independence Mall in Philadelphia

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  • Opus Dei - Archive - From the Pope
    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 From the Pope All About Opus Dei The Prelate News Saint Josemaría Christian life Press room There are 96 results for From the Pope Apostolic Visit to Mexico 12 18 February Complete itinerary for Pope Francis trip to Mexico and brief stopover in Cuba with links to all of his addresses and homilies From the Pope 02 11 2016 God s Mercy Towards the People of Israel In his January 27 general audience Pope Francis spoke about God s mercy as shown in the Old Covenant with the Jewish people From the Pope 02 01 2016 Communication and Mercy How I wish that our own way of communicating may never suggest a prideful and triumphant superiority over an enemy Message of Pope Francis for 50th World Communications Day From the Pope 01 25 2016 play Pope s General Prayer Intention for January Pope Francis has asked all Catholics to pray for this intention in January That sincere dialogue among men and women of different faiths may produce the fruits of peace and justice From the Pope 01 07 2016 The joy of forgiveness In his homily at the Mass on 27 December for the feast of the Holy Family Pope Francis stressed the great formative role played by the family in the pilgrimage of everyday life From the Pope 12 28 2015 play Jubilee of Mercy Opening of Holy Door On December 8 feast of the Immaculate Conception Pope Francis opened the Holy Door in Saint Peter s to begin the Year of Mercy With the Pope s homily from the Mass From the Pope 12 08 2015 Apostolic Visit to Africa Homilies and Addresses All of Pope Francis homilies and addresses during his 25 30 November trip to Kenya Uganda and the Central African Republic From the Pope 11 30 2015 play I always keep two things in my pocket At the meeting with young people in Nairobi Kenya on 27 November Pope Francis revealed what keeps him going in difficult moments the Rosary and small Way of the Cross that he always carries with him With some reactions from those who saw him during his visit From the Pope 11 29 2015 Free eBook to Prepare for the Year of Mercy Pope Francis has convoked an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy which starts on 8 December The Opus Dei Information Office has put together a free

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