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  • “God: he is counting on your help” - Opus Dei
    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 Saint Josemaría Daily texts God he is counting on your help My daughter you have set up a home I like to remind you that you women as you well know have a great strength which you know how to enfold within a special gentleness so that it is not noticed With that strength you can make your husband and children instruments of God or demons You will always make them instruments of God he is counting on your help The Forge 690 February 14 print email facebook twitter Women are called to bring to the family to society and to the Church characteristics which are their own and which they alone can give their gentle warmth and untiring generosity their love for detail their quick wittedness and intuition their simple and deep piety their constancy A woman s femininity is genuine only if she is aware of the beauty of this contribution for which there is no substitute and if she incorporates it into her own life To fulfil this mission a woman has to develop her own personality and not let herself be carried away by a naive desire to imitate which as a rule would tend to put her in an inferior position and leave her unique qualities unfulfilled If she is a mature person with a character and mind of her own she will indeed accomplish the mission to which she feels called whatever it may be Her life and work will be really constructive fruitful and full of meaning whether she spends the day dedicated to her husband and children or whether having given up the idea of marriage for a noble reason she has given herself fully to other tasks Each woman in her own sphere of life if she is faithful to her divine and human vocation can and in fact does achieve the fullness of her feminine personality Let us remember that Mary Mother of God and Mother of men is not only a model but also a proof of the transcendental value of an apparently unimportant life Conversations with Monsignor Escrivá 87 A woman with adequate training should find the field of public life open to her at all levels In this sense it is impossible to point out specific tasks that correspond to women alone As I said earlier in this field what is specific is not the task

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  • “We see in work a means of perfection” - Opus Dei
    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 Saint Josemaría Daily texts We see in work a means of perfection You say it helps you a lot to wonder how many businessmen have become saints since the time of the early Christians And you want to show that it is also possible today The Lord will not abandon you in that effort Furrow 490 February 13 print email facebook twitter To follow in Christ s footsteps today s apostle does not need to reform anything but even less has he to take no part in the contemporary affairs going on around him He has only to act as the first Christians did and give life to his environment Furrow 320 What I have always taught over the last forty years is that a Christian should do all honest human work be it intellectual or manual with the greatest perfection possible with human perfection professional competence and with Christian perfection for love of God s Will and as a service to mankind Human work done in this manner no matter how humble or insignificant it may seem helps to shape the world in a Christian way The world s divine dimension is made more visible and our human labour is thus incorporated into the marvellous work of Creation and Redemption It is raised to the order of grace It is sanctified and becomes God s work operatio Dei opus Dei We have reminded Christians of the wonderful words of Genesis which tell us that God created man so that he might work and we have concentrated on the example of Christ who spent most of His life on earth working as a craftsman in a village We love human work which He chose as His state in life which He cultivated and sanctified We see in work in men s noble creative toil not only one of the highest human values an indispensable means to social progress and to greater justice in the relations between men but also a sign of God s Love for His creatures and of men s love for each other and for God we see in work a

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  • "A great step forward – today, now" - Opus Dei
    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 Saint Josemaría Daily texts A great step forward today now We cannot regard this Lent as just another liturgical season which has simply happened to come around again It is a unique time a divine aid which we should accept Jesus is passing by and he hopes that we will take a great step forward today now Christ Is Passing By 59 4 February 13 print email facebook twitter We are at the beginning of Lent a time of penance purification and conversion It is not an easy program but then Christianity is not an easy way of life It is not enough just to be in the Church letting the years roll by In our life in the life of Christians our first conversion that unique moment which each of us remembers when we clearly understood everything the Lord was asking of us is certainly very significant But the later conversions are even more important and they are increasingly demanding To facilitate the work of grace in these conversions we need to keep our soul young we have to call upon our Lord know how to listen to him and having found out what has gone wrong know how to ask his pardon Christ Is Passing By 57 1 What better way to begin Lent Let s renew our faith hope and love The spirit of penance and the desire for purification come from these virtues Lent is not only an opportunity for increasing our external practices of selfdenial If we thought it were only that we would miss the deep meaning it has in christian living for these external practices are as I have said the result of faith hope and charity Christ Is Passing By 57 4 Lent should suggest to us these basic questions Am I advancing in my faithfulness to Christ in my desire for holiness in a generous apostolate in my daily life in my ordinary work among my colleagues Christ Is Passing By 58 5 The call of the good shepherd has reached us I have called you by your name Is 43 1 Since love repays love we must reply Here I am for you called me 1 Kings 3 5 I have decided not to let this Lent go by like rain on stones leaving no trace I will let it soak into me changing

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  • “We are going to receive our Lord” - Opus Dei
    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 Saint Josemaría Daily texts We are going to receive our Lord Have you ever thought how you would prepare yourself to receive Our Lord if you could go to Communion only once in your life We must be thankful to God that he makes it so easy for us to come to him but we should show our gratitude by preparing ourselves to receive him very well The Forge 828 February 12 print email facebook twitter Jesus is the way the mediator In him are all things outside of him is nothing In Christ taught by him we dare to call God our Father he is the Almighty who created heaven and earth and he is a loving Father who waits for us to come back to him again and again as the story of the prodigal son repeats itself in our lives Ecce Agnus Dei Domine non sum dignus We are going to receive our Lord On this earth when we receive an important person we bring out the best lights music formal dress How should we prepare to receive Christ into our soul Have we ever thought about how we would behave if we could only receive him once in a lifetime When I was a child frequent communion was still not a widespread practice I remember how people used to prepare to go to communion Everything had to be just right body and soul the best clothes hair well combed even physical cleanliness was important maybe even a few drops of cologne These were manifestations of love full of finesse and refinement on the part of manly souls who knew how to repay Love with love With Christ in our soul we end the holy Mass The blessing of the Father of the Son and of the Holy Spirit accompanies us all day long as we go about our simple normal task of making holy all honest human activity Christ is passing by 91 Eucharist Recent texts Not a sugary optimism February 15 Sowers of

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  • “Develop a lively devotion for Our Mother” - Opus Dei
    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 Saint Josemaría Daily texts Develop a lively devotion for Our Mother Invoke the Blessed Virgin Keep asking her to show herself a Mother to you monstra te esse Matrem As well as drawing down her Son s grace may she bring the clarity of sound doctrine to your mind and love and purity to your heart so that you may know the way to God and take many souls to him The Forge 986 February 11 print email facebook twitter Develop a lively devotion for Our Mother She knows how to respond in a most sensitive way to the presents we give her What is more if you say the Holy Rosary every day with a spirit of faith and love Our Lady will make sure she leads you very far along her Son s path Furrow 691 Without Our Mother s aid how can we manage to keep up our daily struggle Do you seek it constantly Furrow 692 Love for our Mother will be the breath that kindles into a living flame the embers of virtue hidden in the ashes of your indifference The Way 492 Love our Lady And she will obtain for you abundant grace to conquer in your daily struggle And the

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  • I carry with me "The Way" and "The Forge" - Opus Dei
    my family but at that age you re not really concerned about being able to see them every day when you can talk on the phone My main concern was not having a car which sometimes made it difficult to get to places I always made the effort to go to Sunday Mass though That was ingrained in me from childhood so it was kind of automatic even 1 300 miles away from home It s something that has stayed with me through the years It s been a constant in a fast paced ever changing life of tennis Today as I travel all over the world I miss my family more than when I first moved out My parents do get to see some of my matches but most of the time I m on my own or with my coach Billy Heiser He s only one year older than I am and we actually competed against each other many years ago in junior tournaments so he is kind of like family Even though you ve always attended Mass was there a specific time that your faith deepened About four years ago I had a pretty serious girlfriend We were considering marriage but the problem was that she didn t practice her faith She was a fallen away Catholic which would have made our married life together complicated We would have had conflicting beliefs and practices which wouldn t have been an ideal environment for raising kids It was a tough thing to do but I made it clear to her that if we were going to be married she would have to take her faith seriously She didn t accept the challenge so we broke up What made that unpleasant experience easier was hearing Scott Hahn s conversion story which I had picked up at a Lighthouse Catholic Media kiosk Even though Scott was a convert and already married the parallels in our lives were similar enough that I could see how being a practicing Catholic was an unsurpassed blessing Even if it meant I would lose a friend or potential spouse I just had to remember that a Christ centered Church empowered life should be my top priority What do you think is the most empowering aspect of the Church It s probably something that Scott Hahn has spoken about in a CD called The Healing Power of Confession As Catholics we can take this sacrament for granted but we really shouldn t It s a hugely empowering thing because we re made right with God and given the grace to avoid sin in the future If we didn t have confession we would probably go from bad to worse because the guilt and sinful momentum would build Confession removes the guilt stops the sinful momentum and pushes us in the other direction of virtue It s truly a healing sacrament so I make an effort to go at regular intervals even when I don t feel

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  • "Never stop working on your marriage" - Opus Dei
    and what is wrong and ultimately aid them on their journey towards heaven Additionally parents must love and respect their children s freedom This balance between teaching what is right yet allowing them to make mistakes gives them room to grow in virtue and ultimately learn how to be happy Teaching virtues or good habits is best done through example so actually it is also a parent s responsibility to be working on his or her own human virtues In this way we try to show that love is deeds not sweet words as St Josemaria would put it We have that and other inspirational mottos on the white board that serves as our family s chore chart see below 8 children is more than the average couple takes on these days Is it hard to be a mother to so many How do you organize such a household Parenting is hard work whether you have one child or 16 So to answer your question YES it is absolutely difficult to be a mother to so many but I like the word challenging better There may be different challenges in raising a large number of children versus a smaller number but there are fringe benefits as well More children mean more people who can help to run the household There are certain tips for organizing big families that I ve learned from other parents including my own parents who have 11 children First a spirit of service in the family is crucial so that everyone knows they have a part in taking care of the house and of each other Chore charts tell everyone what they are expected to do We have a big white board in the kitchen which outlines the schedule for the day and who has what chore We try to make it fun though because why not For the summer we are having the kids take turns cooking a meal once a week An older child is paired with a younger child They are so excited for it I am too it means a night off for me Parenting any number of children is also a challenge because like all of us they are works in progress some more so than others It is easy to get frustrated with our children from time to time with more children there are more opportunities to be frustrated at the difference between who they are today and who we are raising them to be That is why it is so important to have a spirit of mortification and patience concerning the organization of the house Outside of productions of the Sound of Music there are few large households that run with military precision all the time It always helps to keep your sense of humor even during or maybe especially during particularly challenging moments One last piece of advice for any mom I heard this from a friend She said she has learned to beat her children up meaning

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  • Finding Christ in the Middle of the World - Opus Dei
    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 Personal testimonies Finding Christ in the Middle of the World In this series of seven short videos Australians from all backgrounds speak about the message of Saint Josemaria and its impact on their daily lives Personal testimonies May 8 2014 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle Finding Christ in the Middle of the World is an Australian video exploring the impact of St Josemaría s message in Australia The video is divided into seven short clips between 2 5 minutes in length featuring Australians from all backgrounds These seven brief videos provide an insight into the lives of Australians who have encountered the message of St Josemaría and who try to live it out in their day to day lives Topics covered include background to Opus Dei sanctification of work divine filiation prayer sacrifice marriage and family freedom and friendship Finding Christ in the Middle of the World was produced in 2013 for the St Josemaría Conference commemorating 50 years since the beginnings of Opus Dei in Australia in 1963 The event which was open to the general public

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