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  • “Tell all the people you see to help me" - Opus Dei
    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 Prelate Tell all the people you see to help me In Burgos on July 1 the Prelate passed on this request from Pope Francis asking everyone to pray for the upcoming trip to South America From the Prelate July 9 2015 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle I am very happy to be in Burgos We are walking in Saint Josemaria s footsteps When he arrived here in 1938 he came with many burdens and also with many joys for the future And also with sorrows but as he told us on the eve of the golden anniversary of his priestly ordination these sorrows were also joys Let us seek out small sacrifices small ones and at the same time if the occasion arises not so small ones And what will we do with these We will help the Church help the Pope I want to let you know that I had the opportunity to be with him on the feast of Saint Peter and he told me Tell all the people you see to help me Because the burden that weighs on me is heavy So I ask you and ask myself today how many times and in what way have you remembered him For if we

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  • The Prelate in Valencia - Opus Dei
    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 Prelate The Prelate in Valencia Invited by Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Archbishop of Valencia Bishop Javier Echevarría gave an address on Blessed Alvaro del Portillo s contribution to Vatican II and prayed before an image of Our Lady of the Forsaken From the Prelate April 20 2015 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle The Prelate of Opus Dei Bishop Javier Echevarría opened the conference on April 17 for the Almudi Theological Dialogues with an address on Blessed Alvaro del Portillo s work as secretary of the Vatican II commission responsible for the decree Presbyterorum ordinis Highlighting his predecessor s desire to serve in first place the Church he spoke about Blessed Alvaro s diligent work in carrying out a task of such great importance for the Church the spiritual and human formation of priests Blessed Alvaro s selfless dedication to the Church led him to often work late into the night while not allowing these efforts to lessen his dedication to the help he provided the Founder as Secretary General of Opus Dei Following Bishop Echevarría s address Cardinal Cañizares spoke briefly about the need to go more deeply into the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and of the great challenge involved in coming to know these teachings better and interpreting them in the proper way According to the Cardinal Presbyterorum ordinis is a document that is still not well known but it is a key document since we priests are absolutely necessary for the Church and the world and we have a great responsibility Citing words of his predecessor as Archbishop of Valencia Jose Maria Garcia Lahiguera whose process of canonization has been opened Cardinal Cañizares said that priests need to have Christ s holiness and that not only is this the essence of Presbyterorum ordinis but also the living substance of the person of Alvaro del Portillo In the evening at 7 pm Bishop Echevarría presided at a Mass held in the Cathedral of Valencia concelebrated with Cardinal Cañizares for an overflowing crowd of faithful of Opus Dei and Cooperators and friends In his homily the Prelate of Opus Dei urged those present to set aside human respects in speaking to others about the sacraments any fear to talk about Confession a sacrament that is so needed today Thus many people will be able to start over in their life and come close to God since he always helps us and loves us He also spoke about the great gift that is the sacrament of the

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  • Prelate's Trip to Russia - Opus Dei
    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 Prelate Prelate s Trip to Russia In Moscow s Cathedral Bishop Javier Echevarría and the Archbishop of Moscow Paul Pezzi celebrated a Thanksgiving Mass for the beatification of Alvaro del Portillo From the Prelate Nov 6 2014 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle Mass in the Cathedral Archbishop Paul Pezzi of Moscow and Bishop Javier Echevarría Prelate of Opus Dei celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving on November 4 in the Cathedral of Moscow for the recent beatification of Alvaro del Portillo Attending the Mass were many faithful who take part in the means of formation offered by Opus Dei The Archbishop of Moscow also blessed an icon with an image of Blessed Alvaro At the end of the Mass the faithful had the opportunity to venerate a relic of the first successor of Saint Josemaria At the beginning of the Mass the Archbishop thanked Bishop Javier Echevarría for his visit to Moscow and also expressed his thanks for the efforts of the faithful of the Prelature in his diocese The apostolic work that the people of Opus Dei are carrying out in Moscow and Saint Petersburg the Archbishop said is quite beautiful and constructive for the diocese Get together in Moscow The Prelate of Opus Dei met in Moscow with people taking part in the means of formation offered by the Prelature He began by saying that our Christian life should be joyful it should be an offering of love to those who are suffering Making reference to the parable of the guests invited to the wedding feast the Gospel passage read in the Mass that day he said Jesus invites us to share in his friendship and communion The Gospel message is not something old and out of date it is ever new since Christ is alive and will accompany us right to the end of the world Since setting foot in Moscow I have not stopped asking him to bless the streets of this city with his graces A mother of four children asked him how she could explain to her family the value of the Eucharist why it was worthwhile dedicating a half an hour to Mass and two hours of traffic with a small child The Eucharist replied Bishop Echevarría is food for the soul Without Jesus we can t live a full life Just as a mother gives food to her children so God nourishes us with his love It s true that at times attending Mass requires traveling a long distance But do those who are in love find an obstacle in

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  • Audio of Prelate: Visiting and Caring for the Sick - Opus Dei
    lives perhaps then we recall the cry of the blind man Jesus met on leaving Jericho Son of David have pity on me In our weakness we feel ourselves to be especially needy creatures Let us too pay attention to the hardships of others as we see Christ doing The Holy Spirit infinite Love will console other people through our company our conversation our respectful and constructive silence when a sick person needs it We are all busy with many activities each day and our tasks multiply without ceasing but we shouldn t let a demanding schedule cause us to forget about the sick There are many examples of saints who have imitated Jesus in this work of mercy For example Saint Josemaria used to say that Opus Dei was born as a necessity in the hospitals and among the sick After he moved to Madrid in 1926 or 27 and up until 1931 he worked intensely assisting several charitable institutions the Foundation for the Sick the confraternity of Saint Philip Neri etc that cared for sick people in the hospitals and in the peripheries of the capital Madrid at that time had over a million inhabitants the suburbs were spread out distance wise and good means of transportation were lacking With a desire to serve the sick in their houses or shacks he would go wherever needed always on foot bringing them the encouragement of Christ and the forgiveness of God the Father How many people must have gone to Heaven through this priestly work of Saint Josemaria In these hospitals and other places above all from 1933 on he went accompanied by some of the young people he was helping spiritually With them he would offer patients words of affection or various material services such as washing them cutting their nails combing their hair or giving them something worthwhile to read Many of these young people through their encounter with suffering and poverty discovered Jesus in a profound way in the sick and destitute My daughters and sons and friends who take part in the apostolic activities of the Prelature this care for the sick shouldn t be reduced to a characteristic of the beginnings alone Opus Dei continues to be born and to grow each day in you and in me when we practice mercy with the destitute when we discover Christ in the souls of those around us especially those afflicted by some special suffering Like Christ let us bring them God s mercy by our care our presence our service even by a simple telephone call That way we can distract them a little from their suffering or loneliness listen patiently to the worries that weigh on them and transmit to them affection and strength so that they may react with dignity in the circumstances they face And we can remind them that illness is an opportunity to unite themselves to Jesus Cross In The Way a book known all over the world Saint Josemaria

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  • With the Prelate on the Assumption - Opus Dei
    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 Prelate With the Prelate on the Assumption On August 15 during his pastoral visit to Colombia Bishop Javier Echevarria spoke about love for our Lady in the example of Saint Josemaria From the Prelate Aug 18 2015 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle Translation of the Prelate s words is found below For me this feast brings to mind many memories since it is the anniversary of the consecration our Father made to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Holy Mary our Hope Seat of Wisdom Handmaid of the Lord Mother of Fair Love By you powerful intercession make this consecration pleasing to Jesus We consecrate to you our being and our life all that is ours what we have and what we are You can speak with your friends with your relatives and tell them today is a great feast of our Lady And I have placed you under her protection We have to be children who are affectionate children who try to be close to our Lady with specific deeds Ask our Lady to give you the

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  • Working for Love - Opus Dei
    twitter ePub kindle Saint Josemaria s 40th Anniversary The new encyclical of the Holy Father Francis is closely tied to the opening pages of Sacred Scripture God created the human being as man and woman and placed them in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it Gen 2 15 And he brought all the animals to the man to see how he would name them cf Gen 2 19 This was an act of love on God s part an expression of his confidence in each human being to whom he entrusted the task of developing the potentialities that he himself had placed in creatures Each of us is a guardian and caretaker of creation As the Pope reminds us God placed man and woman in the garden not only to preserve it but also to make it fruitful by tilling it by their work Developing the created world in a prudent way Francis says is the best way of caring for it as this means that we ourselves become the instrument used by God to bring out the potential which he himself inscribed in things Laudato si 124 When men and women strive to welcome the Creator s plan any noble human work can become an instrument for the progress of the world and the strengthening of human dignity The key is found in working as well as possible with the desire to serve others out of love for God and neighbor Certainly there are other reasons why we work to support ourselves and our family to generously assist those in need to attain human fulfillment But the Pope s words remind us that the goal is even higher to collaborate in a certain sense with God in the redemption of mankind This year mark s the 40th anniversary of the death of Saint Josemaría Escrivá that holy priest and founder of Opus Dei who proclaimed to the entire world the Gospel value of work done out of love I am a witness to how Saint Josemaría strove to live what he preached about work in his own life right to the end of his earthly journey Mankind s great privilege is to be able to love and to transcend what is fleeting and ephemeral he wrote in a book called Christ is Passing By That is why work should not be limited to material production Work is born of love it is a manifestation of love and is directed towards love We see the hand of God not only in the wonders of nature but also in our experience of work and effort Work thus becomes prayer and thanksgiving because we know we are placed on earth by God that we are loved by him and made heirs to his promises Work depending on its aim can either destroy or strengthen human dignity care for or disfigure nature provide or omit the service we owe to our neighbor The importance of work for a humanly

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  • Prelate's Trip to Portugal - Opus Dei
    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 Prelate Prelate s Trip to Portugal Bishop Javier Echevarría made a brief pastoral visit to Portugal from March 20 to 22 With video clip of his prayer before our Lady of Fatima From the Prelate March 23 2015 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle In Lisbon Bishop Javier Echevarría had the chance to meet with people who attend the means of formation offered by Opus Dei in various cities of Portugal One of the questions asked was how we can keep God and our family in mind when work becomes very absorbing Send a text message to your wife telling her that you love her and thus you will increase your eagerness to be home and to hug her Never forget that your wife needs to rest in your smile the Prelate said Concern for others strengthening friendships caring for one s family and concern for those on the periphery of society were some of the challenges the Prelate of Opus Dei offered to those present He also stressed Pope Francis desire that we pray a lot for everyone around us The get together in the Portuguese capital took place on World Down Syndrome Day March 21 Pilar a young girl with Down Syndrome shared with everyone present her own experience in her family

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  • Prelate Speaks about the Works of Mercy (Introduction) - Opus Dei
    tangible 1 Each of God s children can be a witness to his love in our own life and also to the fact that we are called to respond to this love with love The Pope invites everyone to be bearers of God s mercy which we have personally experienced so many times We need only remember how often God forgives us always in the sacrament of Penance Therefore the upcoming months should be a special time for the Church a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective 2 Our Lord s closeness should never be for us something abstract it has to be shown each day in specific deeds in the intentions attitudes and behaviors that are shown in daily living 3 The successor of Peter writes The mercy of God is his loving concern for each one of us He feels responsible that is he desires our well being and he wants to see us happy full of joy and peaceful This is the path which the merciful love of Christians must also travel As the Father loves so do his children Just as he is merciful so we are called to be merciful to each other 4 Thus the works of mercy that our Lord passed on to his Church take on great importance Jesus Christ the face of the Father s mercy invites Christians to turn their eyes to Him constantly and attentively with the desire to unite ourselves to his life to imitate Him just as little children imitate their parents or older siblings St Josemaria Escrivá founder of Opus Dei had a passionate concern for the corporal and spiritual works of mercy during his earthly journey following Jesus example As he wrote in one of his homilies It is easy to understand the impatience anxiety and uneasiness of people whose naturally Christian soul stimulates them to fight the personal and social injustice which the human heart can create So many centuries of men living side by side and still so much hate so much destruction so much fanaticism stored up in eyes that do not want to see and in hearts that do not want to love 5 St Josemaria continues by describing some of the evils that afflict the world The good things of the earth monopolized by a handful of people the culture of the world confined to cliques And on the outside hunger for bread and education Human lives holy because they come from God treated as mere things as statistics 6 Seeing the absence of mercy and authentic fraternity we can t let ourselves become discouraged Rather we should heed the advice of St John of the Cross Where there is no love put love and you will find love We are called each and every one of us to be other Christs Christ himself and so to act in his name spreading charity everywhere St Josemaria also said that Jesus is continually inviting us

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