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  • Topic 6: Creation - Opus Dei
    the world At the same time by virtue of the participation in his being by creatures he is intimately present in them and they depend for everything on him as the source of their being God is superior summo meo and at the same time intimior intimo meo higher than my highest and more inward than my innermost self St Augustine Confessions 3 6 11 cf CCC 300 Through him all things were made The Wisdom literature of the Old Testament presents the world as the fruit of God s wisdom cf Wis 9 9 It is not the product of any necessity whatever nor of blind fate or chance CCC 295 but it has an intelligibility that human reason by participating in the divine Understanding can grasp though not without great effort and only in a spirit of humility and respect towards the Creator and his work cf Job 42 3 cf CCC 299 This development reaches its full expression in the New Testament By identifying the Son Jesus Christ with the Logos cf Jn 1 1 ff it affirms that God s wisdom is a Person the Incarnate Word by whom all things were made Jn 1 3 St Paul formulates this relationship of created things with Christ by clarifying that all things were created in him through him and for him Col 1 16 17 Thus creative reason is at the origin of the cosmos cf CCC 284 5 Christianity from its very beginning has had great confidence in the capacity of human reason to know and great certainty that reason scientific philosophical etc can never reach conclusions that are contrary to the faith since both proceed from the same origin It is not unusual to come across people who raise false antitheses as for example between creation and evolution In reality a sound epistemology not only distinguishes between the spheres proper to the natural sciences and faith respectively but also acknowledges within philosophy a certain principle of mediation since the sciences with their own methods and objectives do not cover the whole sphere of human reason and faith which refers to the same world as science needs philosophical categories in order to formulate its meaning and enter into dialogue with human rationality 6 So it is natural that from the beginning the Church should have sought to dialogue with reason Reason is aware of its created character since it did not give existence to itself nor does it govern its own future entirely Reason is open to what transcends it and in short to the Reason that originated it Paradoxically reason that is closed in on itself which thinks it can find within itself the answer to the deepest questions ends up in nihilism irrationalism etc affirming the absurdity of existence and failing to recognize the intelligibility of what is real The Lord and giver of life We believe that the world proceeds from God s free will he wanted to make creatures share in his being wisdom and goodness For you created all things and by your will they existed and were created Rev 4 11 The Lord is good to all and his compassion is over all that he has made Ps 154 9 CCC 295 As a consequence Because creation comes forth from God s goodness it shares in that goodness and God saw that it was good very good Gen 1 4 10 12 18 21 31 for God willed creation as a gift CCC 299 These characteristics goodness and free gift enable us to discover in creation the action of the Holy Spirit who hovered over the waters Gen 1 2 the Person Gift in the Trinity subsistent Love between the Father and the Son The Church confesses her faith in the creative work of the Holy Spirit the giver of life and the source of all good 7 The Christian affirmation of God s creative freedom enables us to overcome the limitations of other points of view that placing a necessity upon God end up maintaining fatalism or determinism There is nothing in God or outside of God that obliges him to create What then is the end that moves him What is his purpose in creating us 1 2 The world was created for God s glory First Vatican Council God created all things not to increase his glory but to show it forth and to communicate it St Bonaventure In II Sent I 2 2 1 The first Vatican Council 1870 teaches that This one true God of his own goodness and almighty power not for increasing his own beatitude nor for attaining his perfection but in order to manifest this perfection through the benefits which he bestows on creatures with absolute freedom of counsel and from the beginning of time made out of nothing both orders of creatures the spiritual and the corporeal DS 3002 cf CCC 293 The glory of God consists in the realization of this manifestation and communication of his goodness for which the world was created God made us to be his sons through Jesus Christ according to the purpose of his will to the praise of his glorious grace Eph 1 5 6 for the glory of God is man fully alive moreover man s life is the vision of God St Irenaeus Adversus Haereses 4 20 7 CCC 294 Far from being the dialectic of contradictory principles as occurs in Manichean dualism and also in Hegel s monist idealism affirming that God s glory is the purpose of creation does not imply any negation of man but is rather an essential premise for his fulfillment The roots of Christian optimism are to be found in the joint exaltation of God and of man man is great only if God is great 8 Christian optimism and reason affirm the absolute priority of good but without being blind to the presence of evil in the world and in history 1 3 Conservation and Providence Evil Creation is not limited just to the beginning With creation God does not abandon his creatures to themselves He not only gives them being and existence but also and at every moment upholds and sustains them in being enables them to act and brings them to their final end CCC 301 Sacred Scripture compares God s action in history to the act of creation cf Is 44 24 45 8 51 13 Wisdom literature further explains God s action which maintains his creatures in existence How would anything have endured if you had not willed it Or how would anything not called forth by you have been preserved Wis 11 25 St Paul goes further and attributes this conserving action to Christ He is before all things and in him all things hold together Col 1 17 The God of Christianity is not a watchmaker or an architect who once he has done his work takes no more notice of it Such images are those of a deist outlook according to which God does not intervene in this world Thus they distort the notion of the true creator God since they drastically separate creation from God s conservation and governance of the world 9 The notion of conservation acts as a bridge between the act of creation and God s governance of the world providence God not only creates the world and keeps it in existence but he also leads his creatures towards their ultimate end to which he himself has called them Compendium 55 Sacred Scripture shows us the absolute sovereignty of God and constantly witnesses to his fatherly care in the smallest things as well as in the great events of history cf CCC 303 In this context Jesus reveals himself as the incarnate providence of God who as the Good Shepherd cares for the material and spiritual needs of mankind Jn 10 11 14 15 Mt 14 13 14 etc and he teaches us to abandon ourselves to his care Mt 6 31 33 If God creates sustains and directs everything with goodness where does evil come from To this question as pressing as it is unavoidable and as painful as it is mysterious no quick answer will suffice Only Christian faith as a whole constitutes the answer to this question There is not a single aspect of the Christian message that is not in part an answer to the question of evil CCC 309 Creation was not completed right from the beginning but God created it in a state of journeying in statu viae that is he directed it towards an ultimate goal which has yet to be attained For the fulfillment of his designs God makes use of the concurrence of his creatures and he grants human beings a share in his providence respecting their freedom even when they do wrong cf CCC 302 307 311 What is truly surprising is that God in his almighty providence can bring a good from the consequences of an evil CCC 312 It is a great and mysterious truth that in everything God works for good with those who love him Rom 8 28 10 The experience of evil seems to show a tension between God s omnipotence and his goodness in their action in history The answer mysterious in itself to this apparent conflict is the event of Christ s Cross which reveals God s way of being and is therefore a source of wisdom for mankind the sapientia crucis the wisdom of the Cross 1 4 Creation and salvation Creation is the first step towards the Covenant of the one God with his people Compendium 51 In the Bible creation is open to the saving action of God in history which reaches its fullness in the paschal mystery of Christ and which will reach its final perfection at the end of time Creation came about with a view to the Sabbath the seventh day on which the Lord rested a day which completes the first creation and opens up to the eighth day when a still more marvelous work begins the Redemption the new creation in Christ cf 2 Cor 5 7 CCC 345 349 Thus we are shown the continuity and unity of God s plan for creation and redemption There is no hiatus but rather a link between them since man s sin did not totally corrupt God s work The relationship between the two creation and salvation can be expressed by saying that on one hand creation is the first event of salvation and on the other hand redemptive salvation has the characteristics of a new creation This relationship throws light on certain important aspects of the Christian faith such as the ordering of nature to grace or the existence of a single supernatural end of man 2 CREATED REALITY The effect of God s creative action is the whole created world the heavens and earth Gen 1 1 God is the Creator of all things visible and invisible spiritual and corporeal who by his omnipotent power at the beginning of time created from nothing each and every creature spiritual and corporeal that is to say the angelic and material world and afterwards human beings composed of spirit and of body 11 Christianity overcomes both monism which holds that matter and spirit are one that the reality of God and the world are identical and dualism according to which matter and spirit are primordially equal opposing principles The act of creation pertains to God s eternity but the effect of this action is marked by temporality Revelation states that the world was created with a temporal beginning 12 that is to say the world was created together with time which fully accords with God s intention to reveal himself in the history of salvation 2 1 The spiritual world angels The existence of spiritual non corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls angels is a truth of faith The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition CCC 328 Both show them in their double function of giving praise to God and being messengers of his saving plan The New Testament presents the angels in relation to Christ created through him and for him cf Col 1 16 they surround Christ s life from his birth to his Ascension being the announcers of his second glorious coming cf CCC 333 In the same way they are present from the beginning of the life of the Church which benefits from their powerful help and in her liturgy she unites herself to them in adoring God From birth each human being is accompanied by an angel who protects us and leads us to Life cf CCC 334 336 Theologians especially St Thomas Aquinas the AngelicDoctor and the magisterium of the Church have delved deeply into the nature of these purely spiritual beings endowed with intellect and will and have affirmed that they are personal immortal creatures who surpass in perfection all visible creatures cf CCC 330 The angels were created in a state of trial Some rebelled irrevocably against God Having fallen into sin Satan and the other devils who had been created good but became evil by their own doing tempted our first parents to sin cf CCC 391 395 2 2 The material world God created the visible world in all its richness diversity and order Scripture presents the work of the Creator symbolically as a succession of six days of divine work concluded by the rest on the seventh day Gen 1 1 2 4 CCC 337 On many occasions the Church has had to defend the goodness of creation including that of the physical world cf DS 286 455 463 800 1333 3002 CCC 299 By the very nature of creation material being is endowed with its own stability truth and excellence its own order and laws GS 36 2 The truth and goodness of created beings proceed from the one Creator God who is at the same time Three Thus the created world is a true reflection of the activity of the divine Persons In all creatures there is a representation of the Trinity by way of vestige 13 The cosmos has beauty and dignity insofar as it the work of God There is a solidarity and hierarchy between beings which should lead us to a contemplative attitude of respect towards creatures and the natural laws that govern them cf CCC 339 340 342 354 The cosmos was created for man who received from God the command to have dominion over the earth cf Gen 1 28 This command is not an invitation to a despotic exploitation of nature but to participation in God s creative power by their work human beings collaborate in the perfecting of creation Christians share the just demands raised by ecological sensitivity in the past decades without falling into a vague divinization of the world and affirm the superiority of man over all other creatures as the summit of the Creator s work CCC 343 2 3 Man Human beings enjoy a particular position in the creative work of God since we participate at the same time in material and spiritual reality Scripture says that God created mankind alone in our image and likeness Gen 1 26 Human beings were placed by God at the head of visible creation and we enjoy a special dignity since of all visible creatures only man is able to know and love his creator He is the only creature on earth that God has willed for its own sake and he alone is called to share by knowledge and love in God s own life It was for this end that he was created and this is the fundamental reason for his dignity CCC 356 cf 1701 1703 Men and women in their diversity and their complementarity both willed by God possess equal dignity as persons cf CCC 357 369 372 In both there is a substantial unity of body and soul which is the form of the body Since it is spiritual the human soul is created immediately by God it is not produced by the parents nor does it pre exist and it is immortal cf CCC 366 Both points spirituality and immortality can be demonstrated philosophically Therefore it is reductionism to affirm that human beings proceed exclusively from biological evolution absolute evolutionism In reality there are ontological gaps that cannot be explained by evolution The moral awareness and freedom of human beings for example show forth their superiority over the material world and are a sign of their special dignity The truth of creation helps us to overcome both the negation of freedom determinism and the contrary extreme of an undue exaltation of freedom Human freedom is created not absolute and it exists in mutual dependence on truth and goodness The dream of freedom as pure power and arbitrariness proceeds from a deformed image not only of man but also of God By their activity and work human beings participate in the creative power of God 14 Moreover their intellect and will are a participation a spark of God s wisdom and love While the rest of the visible world is a simple vestige of the Trinity human beings are a true imago Trinitatis image of the Trinity 3 SOME PRACTICAL CONSEQUENCES OF THE TRUTH ABOUT CREATION The radicalness of God s creative and saving action demands from man a response that has the same characteristic of totality you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and with all your might Deut 6 5 Mt 22 37 Mk 12 30 Lk 10 27 It is in our response to God that we find true happiness that is the only thing that makes our freedom complete God creates and saves the whole man and all men Responding to God s call and loving him with

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  • Opus Dei - Family life
    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 Christian life Articles on Christian life Family life eBook on the Family and Raising Children Family life 03 30 2015 In the context of the Synod on the Family convoked by Pope Francis the 21 articles on the family and educating children available on this website Parental Authority Family life 10 13 2014 A new article in the series on family education offers some ideas on how to help children manage their freedom Educating the Emotions Family life 05 15 2014 Christian morality does not regard human feelings with distrust On the contrary it gives importance to fostering and guiding them since they have The Family s Educational Mission I 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 Educating in Freedom Family life 03 19 2014 The task of raising children comes down to getting them to want to do what is good providing them with the intellectual and moral resources so Leisure and Free Time 3 Family life 03 18 2014 On reaching adolescence children may strongly demand an amount of freedom that at times they aren t yet ready to manage in a mature way Educating in Modesty 1 Family life 12 11 2014 Modesty defends the intimacy of a man or a woman their most precious core so as to be able to reveal it in the appropriate measure and in the right Temperance and Self mastery II Family life 09 01 2014 Those who are masters of themselves have marvelous possibilities to dedicate themselves to the service of God and neighbor and thus attain the Educating in the New Technologies Family life 05 07 2014 Technology shapes to a great extent our lives today We need to be in control of it so that its use helps us grow in virtue The Family s Educational Mission II Family life 03 19 2014 The second part of an article on the parents role in fostering a love for the true good in their children Guiding the Heart Family life 03 19 2014 Guiding children s emotions means helping bring it about that what they like coincides with their true good A new article in the series on the Leisure and Free Time 1 Family life 11 14 2013 Free time possesses certain educational possibilities of its own teaching children how to make good use of their freedom A new article in the Good Manners Family life 12 09 2014 Polite manners provide something essential for living in society teaching us to be human

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  • Opus Dei - Work
    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 Christian life Articles on Christian life Work The Strength of Leaven Work 04 13 2015 When we strive to sanctify our specific profession our particular family situation and our other daily duties we are not sanctifying simply an Sanctifying the World From Within Work 10 29 2014 To restore a Christian tone to society the most powerful weapon we have is prayer and work turned into prayer A new article in the series on Work and Contemplation I Work 03 19 2014 What does St Josemaría mean when he insists that our work can become contemplative prayer A new article in the series on how to sanctify our daily Working for Love Work 10 15 2013 Sanctifying oneself in work means allowing oneself to be sanctified by the Holy Spirit who increases our capacity to love 8th article in the Working Conscientiously Work 09 15 2009 We offer the third in a series of articles on how to sanctify our daily work in light of the teachings of St Josemaria Professional Prestige Work 03 24 2015 A Christian s professional prestige does not necessarily involve success The prestige that draws souls to God comes from the Christian virtues Unity of Life in Professional Work Work 09 23 2014 Any honorable work can be prayer and all prayerful work is apostolate In this way the soul develops a unity of life which is both simple and Work and Contemplation II Work 03 19 2014 The second part of an article on how to turn our work and daily activities into contemplative prayer following the teachings of St Josemaría The Hinge of our Sanctification Work 10 12 2013 St Josemaría often said Our ordinary activities are not an insignificant matter Rather they are the very hinge on which our sanctity turns A new Work and Rest Work 07 16 2009 God wants us to work hard to help build up his creation but also to rest We offer an article that draws on the teachings of John Paul II and St Work and Family Work 02 25 2015 Reconciling work and family obligations is not always easy We can learn a lot from the Holy Family as this new article in the series on sanctifying Sanctifying with our Work Work 06 27 2014

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  • Opus Dei - Virtues
    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 Christian life Articles on Christian life Virtues Examples of Faith VII Saint Peter Virtues 06 12 2015 The life of faith can always grow Peter will continue fighting against fear against an excessively human view of his mission against his ignorance Examples of Faith IV Elijah the Prophet Virtues 01 21 2015 Fourth article in the series on figures from Scripture who are examples for us of strong faith Elijah shows how God helps those who turn to him in Learning to be Faithful 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 Towards Freedom Virtues 06 26 2013 Paradoxically by giving up our freedom for love we are able to love more and give ourselves more fully and consequently we become more free An Looking With Unclouded Eyes Virtues 10 09 2011 To see the true beauty of the world God has created we have to look at it with clean eyes as this article on Christian life explains Free to Build the Future Virtues 10 23 2008 Freedom is not only a right it entails a responsibility that should lead Christians to get involved in trying to solve the problems in contemporary Examples of Faith VI the Centurion Virtues 05 22 2015 A new article in the series on figures from the Old and New Testament who offer us an example of a strong faith with a heart open to God s love Examples of Faith III David A Man After God s Own Heart Virtues 01 07 2015 The third article in a series on figures from Sacred Scripture who offer us an example of deep faith in God and his providence Interior Quiet in the Digital Age Virtues 08 13 2014 Faced with all the noise of the new technologies we need to foster the interior quiet that enables us to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit in our 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 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 Humility Source of Joy 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 Mary Model and Teacher of Faith Virtues 04 29 2015 Fifth article in the series Examples of Faith

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  • Opus Dei - Saint Paul
    we live with through the human interests of our colleagues and the things that make up our family life Saint Josemaría Home Contact Search home 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 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 Christian life Other Resources Saint Paul Year of Saint Paul An article on the Pauline Year that focuses on the life and legacy of the Apostle to the Gentiles and on the Holy Father s ardent concern to foster unity among all Christians Articles Saint Paul and Marriage Year of Saint Paul on the Opus Dei Website Videos Saint Paul and the Eucharist Saint Paul and Work St Paul and the First Christians St Paul and Christ s Divinity St Paul and Charity Saint Paul s

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  • Opus Dei - What Faith Means When You're 20
    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 Christian life Other Resources What Faith Means When You re 20 What faith means when you re 20 10 16 2012 The website is beginning a series of videos in which young people from various countries talk about how their faith influences their daily lives In this first video some of them say a few words about what faith means for them The Faith in a few words What Faith Means When You re 20 11 18 2013 This is the last video of the series The Faith at 20 young people from various countries talk about how their faith influences their daily lives Grace that changes your life What Faith Means When You re 20 07 16 2013 Matilde who is studying at the university in Paris talks about how each confession is for her a way to grow in her love for God Room for God to Enter What Faith Means When You re 20 05 09 2013 Federico and Isabella have been engaged for a year Their faith helps them to love each other truly and to prepare themselves for a relationship that Bringing God into my daily life What Faith Means When You re 20 01 30 2013 Alessandra is an economics major at the University of La Sapienza Rome She talks about how she tries each day to remember that God is accompanying Sharing the faith What Faith Means When You re 20 09 10 2013 Carla who is studying law in Argentina speaks about sharing her love for God with her friends A new video in the What faith means when you re Giving Yourself Completely to God What Faith Means When You re 20 06 04 2013 David who is studying medicine in Barcelona talks about giving himself completely to God in a vocation of apostolic celibacy Film documentary The Faith at 20 What Faith Means When You re 20 03 27 2013 In this programe twelve young people talk about how they approach different aspects of Christian faith The 27 minute documentary includes previously Faith leads to service What Faith Means When You re 20 01 15 2013 Alberto is a university student in Argentina His faith in Christ leads him to ask What can I do for others The 3rd video in the What faith means Christ in my life What Faith Means When You re 20 07 22 2013 Dan from New York speaks about concrete consecuences of living his faith I m aware of the fact that no matter what I m doing I m doing it for I belong to a family What Faith Means When You re 20 05 20 2013 The faith for me is like a family says Catherine who lives in London A new

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  • Opus Dei - Paths to God
    youtube flickr rss Opus Dei Sanctifying one s work is no fantastic dream but the mission of every Christian yours and mine Saint Josemaría Home Contact Search home 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 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 Christian life Other Resources Paths to God God Father of Infinite Mercy From chapter 1 Paths to God 03 18 2014 Knowing Jesus Christ and Making Him Known From chapter 2 Paths to God 03 18 2014 The Holy Spirit Love Guiding Us to Love From chapter 3 Paths to God 03 18 2014 Holy Mary Mother of God and our Mother From chapter 4 Paths to God 03 18 2014 Love for the Church Responsibility for the Church From chapter 5 Paths

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  • Opus Dei - Archive - Christian life
    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 Christian life All About Opus Dei The Prelate News Saint Josemaría Christian life Press room There are 208 results for Christian life Lent Pathway to Easter During Lent the Church again reminds us of the need to renew our heart and our deeds so that we can rediscover the centrality of the Paschal Mystery a returning to eternal Love An article on Christian life Articles on Christian life 02 08 2016 Engagement looking forward to marriage First in a new series of articles on the meaning of human love Being engaged was certainly not what I expected It s a time of learning to love selflessly to put love into the details and to put the other person first Articles on Christian life 02 07 2016 Ecumenism The octave of prayer for Christian unity ends on January 25 feast of Saint Paul s conversion We offer an article on ecumenical dialogue by a well known theologian Articles on Christian life 01 19 2016 His Mercy Endures Forever First in a series of articles on the Jubilee Year of Mercy To a world that longs for a freedom it never succeeds in finding the Church untiringly offers God s mercy which brings with it the freedom of the children of God Articles on Christian life 12 27 2015 Character Built on Virtue A new article in the series on forging a strong Christian personality Virtues reinforce our personality rendering it stable and even tempered They enable us to rise above ourselves A Christian personality 12 09 2015 A Personality Identified with Christ An article in the series on forging a strong Christian personality What an exciting challenge it is to forge a personality that clearly reflects the image of Christ Jesus A Christian personality 11 13 2015 A Healthy Self esteem A new article in the series on developing a strong Christian personality If we are to judge ourselves truthfully we need to acquire self knowledge This is not at all an easy job and is in some sense a never ending learning process A Christian personality 10 08 2015 Authors Of Our Own Lives A new series of articles with reflections on how to develop a strong Christian personality Saint John Paul II said that all men and women are entrusted with the task of crafting their own life creating a masterpiece A Christian personality 09 17 2015 Examples of Faith VII Saint Peter The life of faith can always grow Peter will continue fighting

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