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Seeing the people behind the papers

Filomena Longino Lombardi

Tags: Opus Dei, Work, Josemaria Escriva, calling
In my daily work as a family lawyer I come face to face with all sorts of different family situations. When I have to prepare documents for the family tribunal, I am greatly consoled by St Josemaria’s teaching about seeing the people behind the papers that I have in my hands. Like that I place my clients in God’s hands.
My favorite point in Furrow is one about prayer. It says: “your first audience every day should be with Jesus Christ”
My favorite point in Furrow is one about prayer. It says: “your first audience every day should be with Jesus Christ”

The people who come to see me are often going through family crises, and there is always the risk of getting overwhelmed by people’s suffering. So, because I go to daily Mass, I take all those people with me in spirit, and leave them on the altar. What’s more, when I see a picture or statue of Our Blessed Lady with the Child Jesus, I ask her to take care of all of them, just as she takes care of the Child she has in her arms.

My favorite point in Furrow is one about prayer. It says: “your first audience every day should be with Jesus Christ” (no. 450). So the minutes I spend praying in the morning prepare me for the day’s work. And afterwards, when I am at work, the fact of having spent time in prayer makes it easier for me to be immersed in God. That is what St Josemaria used to call a simple, strong unity of life.

It all began with a journalism course
What a great gift I received with my vocation to Opus Dei! Best of all is that in my ordinary daily life, I can pass on to everyone I meet (family, coworkers, friends, etc.), how wonderful it is to live up to what you believe in, to enjoy Christian living, to have smile for everyone, to be very human, loving others simply because you love them, and then to take the next step, as St Josemaria suggested, of being divine – being very human in order to be divine!

I first learned about the spirit of Opus Dei when I was 24, when I took a course in journalism where I met someone who is in Opus Dei. Up until then, I did not know anything about Opus Dei, and what I had heard about it was bad. On the journalism course I was struck by how normal this person was. It was the beginning of a loyal, sincere friendship. Later, she asked me to help her run the same course the following year, and I was delighted to agree. As we worked together, I could see how she turned her work into prayer, how she sanctified the jobs she was doing. It was the consistency and unity of her daily work and daily life that fascinated me. More than that, I came to realize that our Lord had all of this in his plans for me, and so, when I was 26, I joined Opus Dei myself.


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