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  • “Be faithful, be an apostle,” John Paul II told me - Opus Dei
    the University of Warsaw gave her the opportunity to travel to Rome to take part in several encounters with Pope John Paul II Personal testimonies April 29 2014 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle I give thanks to God for giving me the opportunity to get to know personally a saint who although the whole world now acclaims him as Saint John Paul the Great was for me an example of a very down to earth sanctity He was always very affectionate and concerned about each person one by one Aleksandra he would call out when he spotted me among a group of Polish students But I have to admit that it was sometimes Bishop Stanislaw Diswisz his personal secretary who whispered to him She s from Argentina from Poland from Opus Dei He truly loved people and had a universal heart that led him to love each charism in the Church I once saw how he went up to a group of Carmelite nuns and joked with them So you ve escaped from your cloister I also saw how he became an Italian when with Italians After being introduced to an Italian family he remarked with surprise But how is that that Grandma and Grandpa are standing And he insisted that chairs be brought for them He paid close attention to each person In an audience when I was present someone there showed him a book Since it was quite heavy John Paul II suggested that it be placed on a table His secretaries moved several chairs to make room The man with the book didn t realize it and when he tried to sit down he ended up on the ground People there began to laugh The Pope looked intently at them expressing surprise at their lack of charity In these audiences with small groups of Polish people many different institutions were represented scouts choirs bishops with seminarians He had a great capacity to converse with each one there and listen to their comments He would ask the bishops about their seminarians and how they were doing When I was with him I realized how quickly he grasped what I was concerned about Once I told him I was worried about a person who was quite distant from God Turning serious he said Have you asked Saint Josemaria for that person Yes I m asking him to help her I told him Well trust in his help he insisted Afterwards with his great ability to go from transcendent topics to very human ones he gave me an encouraging smile and said Don t worry the Pope is going to pray too When he met my parents he was very affectionate Almost his first words were I want to thank you He was referring to the fact that they had a daughter dedicated to God and that they were happy to have her living far from them I especially remember the time I saw him when I was with

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  • From Helsinki to Rome - Opus Dei
    it was a really strong spiritual and vocational thing and not just an intellectual or dogmatic I was already studying theology before I converted and because our faculty in Helsinki is not a Lutheran faculty as such we also read the Catechism of the Catholic Church so I had some facts and some idea of what the Catholic Church was but no particular experience or information about what it means to be a Catholic I think what really attracted me to the Catholic Church was the way in which you can live your faith in everyday life When I was converted I didn t change to a new faculty but I changed my course of studies because I was on a course that would lead to becoming a Lutheran pastor so I just changed to a more social oriented course I studied theology and had some minor subjects that I could choose Moreover my major was Church History and Medieval Church History so basically I was studying the history of the Catholic Church anyway My Catholic Faith helps me a lot in my everyday life For example just the fact of being in a new country I couldn t do it without prayer and daily Mass Everything is amazing confession Rosary all the devotion to our Lady how she can help us It helps me so much and it makes me really sad for my Lutheran friends who don t have this extra stuff the fundamental grace of the sacraments for example Catholics in Finland are very into their religion because we are a minority and most Finnish Catholics are people like me who have converted So in Finland I don t see many people who are Catholic but not practicing but here for example in Italy and what I ve heard of Spain and such I see this and I think that those people don t know what a treasure they have being from a Catholic family and having been brought up as Catholics because they ve had all the sacraments all their lives and that s such a great gift that I think the people who are from Catholic families but are not practicing just don t appreciate I know that sometimes young people think that being a Catholic means not being free and that Mass is boring That s a misconception of freedom because if you think that freedom is I want to do everything I want you re not free you re just a slave of your desires and what they fail to see is that when you give a little of what you can give to God He will give you so much more If people think that the Mass is boring I think that s because they lack formation Maybe they were never taught properly what the Mass is about They should pray more and when you pray when you ask for something from God He will give it to you if it is

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  • “To do good, you don't have to belong to the same faith” - Opus Dei
    couldn t pay me any author s rights since she planned to use the money raised from the book for various non profit educational projects About a year later Rasami made a trip to Spain to brush up on her Spanish When we met she suggested I make a trip to Thailand to give a conference for Spanish teachers there I tried to refuse but it was useless since Rasami is an true force of nature A Buddhist she belong to a very strict sect the Santi Asoke and is determined to do as much good in the world as possible Having won my consent she organized the trip to Thailand for me and my wife Marisa There I met the person who would have such an enormous influence on my future and that of my whole family Fr Alfonso de Juan with whom Rasami works closely because as she says to do good you don t have to belong to the same faith Fr Alfonso a Jesuit missionary has spent more than forty years in Thailand For much of that time he provided assistance to refugee camps with 400 000 Cambodians and boat people from Vietnam But when I met him he was now dedicating his energies to fighting the plague of child prostitution The young girls caught up in this sex industry are usually orphans or come from broken families Often the mother has died of AIDS and the girl is living with the grandmother who lets herself be fooled by the agents seeking young girls Fr Alonso realized that the solution lay in providing scholarships for the girls to get a basic education that would enable them to find a job and learn the Thailandese language since many of them come from the poorest areas of the country near the Cambodian border He relies on a network of teachers doctors and nurses to identify young girls in the greatest danger of being drawn into this nefarious industry and provides them with a scholarship of a hundred euros In Thailand this amount covers an entire year of schooling along with clothes food and everything needed so as not to be forced to lose one s dignity as a human being On that first trip to Thailand I had a chance to speak with a fourteen year old girl Her name was Ama She had tried to burn down the brothel in which she was being held When the police came and asked her why she did it she said I would be happy to die in a fire The woman who brought Ama to the city told her that she would find a good job for her there When Ama refused to cooperate they beat her until she couldn t walk That s when she tried to burn the whole building down A key moment during that first visit was when Fr Alfonso told me how happy he was that Iberia has just agreed to give a scholarship

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  • Opus Dei - FAQ
    to engage their faith at a deeper level It organises classes conferences days of recollection spiritual direction etc aimed at making the Gospel and Church teachings better known and lived These formational activities are offered separately for women and men They are planned in such a way that people can combine them with a busy work schedule and family life What activities does Opus Dei hold for young people Opus Dei centres organise formational activities for students and young workers such as Christian doctrine classes spiritual guidance cultural events and service projects Underpinning all these activities is the conviction that any serious attempt to serve the Church and society to spread peace and joy in the world and to build a more human more just and more Christian world has to be based on study and ordinary work Who belongs to Opus Dei People of all kinds belong to Opus Dei priests and lay people men and women young and old married and single of every occupation and social situation Most members are married and have families these are called supernumeraries Some members numeraries and associates make a commitment to celibacy and so generally have more time and availability to dedicate to the various activities promoted by Opus Dei Some celibate men are ordained as priests who make up roughly 2 of the membership There are currently about 85 000 members of Opus Dei worldwide Do women and men have the same status in Opus Dei Women and men share the same dignity as children of God and are equally called to heroic virtue by their baptism Among the faithful of the Prelature women and men share the same spirit work in parallel apostolates and have the same commitment to sanctify their work and family life they also undertake identical responsibilities in governing and providing formation within Opus Dei Can married people belong to Opus Dei Most of the Prelature s faithful are married people who aim to follow Jesus Christ in the ordinary circumstances of their lives in home making as well as outside the home as they strive to keep their married love young generously receiving the children God sends them bringing them up well and passing on their faith by means of their love and their own good example Are some people in Opus Dei celibate For the sake of the apostolate in addition to the priests some lay men and women embrace celibacy as a gift from God This enables them to dedicate themselves more fully to the formational activities of Opus Dei They continue to be lay people and to have the same position within the Church as before and they earn their living through their ordinary work Can priests join Opus Dei Secular priests who are already incardinated in a diocese cannot belong to the clergy of the Prelature but they can join the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross an association that is intrinsically united to the Prelature Their incorporation into the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross does not affect their diocesan status They remain clergy of their diocese subject to their bishop just as they were before They commit themselves to strive for holiness in the exercise of their priesthood according to the spirit of Opus Dei while maintaining an especially deep union with their bishop and their fellow priests Can non Catholic Christians and non Christians belong to Opus Dei Non Catholic Christians and people of other religions cannot belong to the Prelature but they can be its Cooperators if they wish Cooperators pray for Opus Dei or help it by means of their work and donations towards the educational and social projects undertaken by the faithful of the Prelature throughout the world At present there are Cooperators of Opus Dei who are Orthodox Anglican Lutheran Jewish Moslem and Buddhist as well as people who have no religion What are the commitments of members All members attend weekly and monthly meetings a yearly retreat and a formation course lasting between one and three weeks depending on personal availability Spiritual commitments include daily Mass the reading of Sacred Scripture and other spiritual books the Rosary and a time spent each day in personal prayer Members are aware of their duty to bear witness to their Christian faith wherever they are Like the first Christians they strive to change the world for the better and find fulfilment in taking seriously the Christian duty to help those in need Do members of Opus Dei practise mortification Members try to incorporate an element of sacrifice into their lives Although traditional Catholic practices of penance and mortification are not discouraged Opus Dei places more emphasis on the sacrifices involved in daily life carrying out one s duties conscientiously putting others needs before one s own finding a smile in annoying circumstances and so on In addition as recommended by the Catholic Church all members practise small corporal mortifications such as fasting in moderation going without certain items of food or drink occasionally etc Within this spirit numeraries and associates practise certain traditional forms of corporal mortification such as using the cilice a discipline or sleeping on a hard surface These are traditional practices that Catholics have used for centuries and are commonplace in the lives of the saints for example St Francis of Assisi St Thomas More St Therese of Lisieux Pope Paul VI St Padre Pio and Mother Teresa of Calcutta The motivation behind these voluntary mortifications is to imitate Christ and to join him in his redemptive sacrifice cf Matthew 16 24 and they can also be a way to suffer in solidarity with the many poor and deprived people in the world Is Opus Dei conservative Opus Dei is conservative if we understand that it keeps in its fullness Jesus Christ s message But Opus Dei is innovative because it provides a contemporary and modern path to live one s faith in every aspect of ordinary and everyday life Why do people

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  • Opus Dei - Privacy policy and cookies - legal notice
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  • Beatification eBook - Opus Dei
    لبنان עברית ישראל русский Казахстан Русский Россия Українська Україна 中文 繁體 中文 繁體 香港 HK 日本語 日本 简体中文 中国 Contact rss Blessed Alvaro del Portillo Madrid 1914 Rome 1994 Home Contact Search home Favors Biography Prayer to Blessed Alvaro News Praying with Alvaro del Portillo Short Videos Search Favors Biography Prayer to Blessed Alvaro News Praying with Alvaro del Portillo Short Videos Search Close News Beatification eBook March 23 is the anniversary of Blessed Alvaro del Portillo s death A new eBook offers an overview of his beatification with 170 photographs the message sent by Pope Francis and other relevant texts News March 23 2015 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle Download eBook in pdf format The 170 photographs snapshots of life have been brought together in three chapters The first and longest chapter relates to the beatification day 27 September The second indicates briefly the paths leading up to this event It begins with pictures from the life of the new blessed touches on the phases of the beatification cause and ends with the preparations for the festivity The third chapter shows scenes from the days of thanksgiving in Madrid and Rome after the beatification The final chapter gathers homilies and messages related to the beatification With words of Pope Francis about Blessed Alvaro we pray to God May his exemplary Christian and priestly witness stir up in many hearts the desire to draw ever closer to Christ and the Gospel Alvaro del Portillo Featured Novena for Forgiveness Letter from the Prelate for Jubilee of Mercy Free eBook to Prepare for the Year of Mercy Blessed are the merciful eBook Catechesis on the Family vol II 50th Anniversary of Midtown Metro eBook Mary a Life Close to Jesus The Message of Saint Josemaria links The Holy See Writings of

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  • Alvaro del Portillo, in 3 minutes (Video) - Opus Dei
    Congo Français Suisse Galego España Hrvatski Hrvatska Indonesia Indonesia Italiano Italia Italiano Svizzera Latviešu Latvija Lietuvių Lietuva Magyar Magyarország Nederlands België Nederlands Nederland Norsk Norge Polski Polska Português Brasil Português Portugal Română România Slovenčina Slovensko Slovenščina Slovenija Suomi Suomi Svenska Sverige Việt ngữ Việt Nam العربي لبنان עברית ישראל русский Казахстан Русский Россия Українська Україна 中文 繁體 中文 繁體 香港 HK 日本語 日本 简体中文 中国 Contact rss Blessed Alvaro del Portillo Madrid 1914 Rome 1994 Home Contact Search home Favors Biography Prayer to Blessed Alvaro News Praying with Alvaro del Portillo Short Videos Search Favors Biography Prayer to Blessed Alvaro News Praying with Alvaro del Portillo Short Videos Search Close News Alvaro del Portillo in 3 minutes Video A brief video with scenes from the life of Alvaro del Portillo who was beatified on September 27 2015 in Madrid email facebook twitter Sept 1 2014 Alvaro del Portillo Beatification links The Holy See Writings of the founder of Opus Dei Saint Josemaría website Blessed Alvaro del Portillo website Romana Bulletin of the Opus Dei Prelature St Josemaria Institute US Conference of Catholic Bishops frequent questions What is Opus Dei What does Opus Dei offer What activities does Opus Dei organise

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  • Pope Francis’ Letter on Beatification of Alvaro del Portillo - Opus Dei
    the Servant of God would often repeat especially for personal celebrations and anniversaries Thank you forgive me help me more These words bring us closer to the reality of his interior life and his relationship with the Lord and can also help to give a new impulse to our own Christian life In the first place Thank you This is the soul s immediate spontaneous reaction on experiencing God s goodness It cannot be otherwise He always goes ahead of us However hard we try his love always arrives first touches and caresses us first He takes the initiative and is always waiting for us Alvaro del Portillo was aware of the many gifts God had given him and thanked God for that manifestation of his fatherly love But he did not stop at that his recognition of our Lord s love awakened in his heart desires to follow him with greater commitment and generosity and to lead a life of humble service to others Especially outstanding was his love for the Church the Spouse of Christ whom he served with a heart devoid of worldly self interest far from discord welcoming towards everyone and always seeking in others what was positive what united what was constructive He never spoke a word of complaint or criticism even at especially difficult times but instead as he had learned from St Josemaría he always responded with prayer forgiveness understanding and sincere charity Forgive me He often confessed that he saw himself empty handed before God incapable of responding to so much generosity But to admit our poverty as human beings is not the result of despair but trusting abandonment in God who is our Father It means opening ourselves to his mercy his love which is able to regenerate our life His love does not humiliate us nor cast us into the depths of guilt but embraces us lifts us up from our prostration and enables us to go forward with more determination and joy The Servant of God Alvaro knew the need we have of God s mercy and devoted a lot of his own energy to encouraging the people he met to go to the sacrament of Confession the sacrament of joy How important it is to feel the tenderness of God s love and discover that there is still time to love Help me more Yes the Lord never abandons us he is always at our side he journeys with us and every day he expects new love from us His grace will not fail us and with his help we can take his name to the whole world The heart of the new Blessed beat with the desire to bring the Good News to all hearts And so he travelled to many countries to foster new projects for evangelization undeterred by difficulties moved by his love for God and his brothers and sisters One who is very immersed in God is able to be very close to other

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