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November 24, 2011

Tags: Opus Dei, Administration, assistant numerary
August 17, 2011. Madrid, Spain. Over a million young people homed in on Madrid to celebrate the 27th World Youth Day with Pope Benedict XVI. Around 12,000 of them came to Vistalegre to meet Bishop Echevarria, prelate of Opus Dei and second successor of its founder St Josemaria – with whom he lived and worked for over 25 years. The young people came as part of their preparation for the forthcoming WYD events.

Bishop Javier Echevarria explained that work in the domestic Administration drives the apostolic expansion for the whole world
Bishop Javier Echevarria explained that work in the domestic Administration drives the apostolic expansion for the whole world
In the questions and answers session, Bishop Javier constantly referred to and quoted St Josemaria in his replies.

What does "Administration" mean in Opus Dei?
One of the speakers was Sveta, a Russian student who has asked to join Opus Dei as an Assistant Numerary . After telling how she became a Catholic, she asked what the domestic administration means in Opus Dei. Bishop Echevarria explained how “I have seen St Josemaria, in a little corner of Rome, doing the same work as the domestic Administration, cleaning the house, carrying things; and that work, done with love, was already the expansion that he dreamed of, and that is coming true now. So be very faithful, my daughter, be very faithful, and realize that the women who dedicate themselves to the work of the domestic Administration are a jewel, a precious jewel in God’s crown which is the Church, of which Opus Dei is part. Without the Administration we couldn’t serve the Church. There is a treasure of prayer, a treasure of life, and a treasure of work, which has no substitute. So pray, please pray for the Administrations around the world, to continue creating our homely atmosphere.”

Sveta, a Russian student who is an assistant numerary  asked what does
Sveta, a Russian student who is an assistant numerary asked what does "Administration" mean in Opus Dei
This is what Sveta said, and the whole of Bishop Javier’s reply:

“- Father, hello, my name is Sveta, I’m Russian, I come from Tula, south of Moscow. I wanted to tell you that I was born in an Orthodox country, but I found God through the Catholic Church. My mother wanted to have me baptized on three occasions, but each time something happened so she couldn’t. As I grew older I wanted to decide for myself about being baptized or not. Two and a half years ago, when I moved to Moscow, I went to an organ concert in Moscow cathedral. On the way out I saw a notice about some catechism classes, and that autumn I decided to go, and I began the classes in December. At the same time I met the people from Yantar, the Opus Dei center in Moscow. I started going to activities in the Center, which have helped me so much in my spiritual life and in getting to know Jesus Christ more deeply. I was baptized on January 10, 2010. This year, as well as studying for the final year of my degree, I also worked in the Administration. It’s a job I simply love doing, and through it I really understood that the Work is a family. Father, although I love my degree subject, I’ve decided to dedicate myself to the work of the Administration, and nine days ago I asked for admission as an Assistant Numerary. Father, I’m really happy, but it was a hard decision to make, and I think there may be other girls who haven’t yet discovered how wonderful this kind of work is. Can you explain to us what “Administration” means in Opus Dei?”

Bishop Echevarria, prelate of Opus Dei
Bishop Echevarria, prelate of Opus Dei
There was an huge round of applause, and Bishop Echevarria said to her:

When I have twelve women like you…
My daughter, don’t forget that this applause is for you, but it is for God first of all, who has brought us to that beloved country, Russia, through St Josemaria’s prayers. How much he prayed for your country, how much he prayed for you! In union with his regard, I am sure we will reach from St Petersburgh to Vladivostok, doing a wonderful apostolate which will bring forth not only Assistant Numeraries but Numeraries, Associates, and Supernumeraries, lots of them, because there are so many excellent people in Russia who bore witness to their faith when times were very hard. I can tell you that in the beginning, in 1946, when there were barely 8 or 10 women who were Assistant Numeraries, our Father called three of them to Rome, who’d only been in the Work for five or six months. And seeing their sense of responsibility, and how they always said yes to God through their work in the home, he told them, simply and sincerely, “When I have twelve women like you I will spread the Work throughout the world.”

Support for the whole world
The importance of the Assistant Numeraries in the domestic Adminstrationsis absolutely vital. It’s true that Opus Dei is a family, a family in which we really love each other, and we put our lives on the line to serve one another. Don’t imagine I’m praising Opus Dei. It’s God I’m praising. Opus Dei comes from God, it isn’t the creation of men and women. But he has given us this spirit of learning to love every day, of learning to serve every day, and he’s given us this work in the domestic Administration, which is as beautiful as the way God himself came to earth, through Mary, our Mother. He chose to come to earth through a home, the home of Mary, who was totally dedicated to God, and she became holy, not even in a village like yours, Tula, south of Moscow, but in a much smaller village. But she knew that by serving God who had become a small child, with faith, the Redemption would be carried out, because she was told so at the Annunciation.

The work of the Administration is vital for Opus Dei. If you do it faithfully, doing that work which we are all so grateful for, it will be what drives the expansion that we want for the Work all the time. Be very faithful, my daughter. You’re one of the first Russian people in Opus Dei, so be very faithful, and be conscious of being among the firstborn. Our Lord has chosen you so that with your life Opus Dei can be built up in Moscow and in every city in Russia and throughout the world. How wonderful it is to know that nothing is wasted, my daughters. Even the tiniest details of our lives, if we do them with God, are supernatural and transcendent, and they are a help and support for the whole world.

To know more on Opus Dei assistant numeraries visit this website of Dora del Hoyo.