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Alessandra Borghese, Journalist, Italy

Another saint for whom I feel great affection, and to whom I am indebted for significant guidance in my spiritual life, is Josemaria Escriva, the Founder of Opus Dei. I don’t belong to Opus Dei, but I feel very attracted by the spirit behind it, [...]
Tags: Work, Ordinary life

Sanctifying ordinary work

Sanctifying one’s work is no fantastic dream, but the mission of every Christian — yours and mine. —That is what that lathe-worker had discovered, when he said: “I am overwhelmed with happiness when I think how true it is that while I am working at the [...]
Tags: Passionately Loving the World, Opus Dei, Rectitude of intention, Responsibility, Work, Ordinary life

Learning from St Joseph

A master of interior life, a worker deeply involved in his job, God’s faithful servant in continual contact with Jesus: that is Joseph. Ite ad Ioseph. With St Joseph, the Christian learns what it means to belong to God and fully to assume one’s place [...]
Tags: Holy Family, St Joseph, Interior life, Ordinary life

The extraordinary in one’s ordinary life

Let me stress this point: it is in the simplicity of your ordinary work, in the monotonous details of each day, that you have to find the secret, which is hidden from so many, of something great and new: Love. Furrow, 489 Anything done out of [...]
Tags: Ordinary life, Supernatural outlook

New volumes of the acts of the congress “The Grandeur of Ordinary Life”

The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross publishes volumes covering the workshops on “Family and Culture of Life” and “Youth”. In January 2002 a congress on “The Grandeur of Ordinary Life” was held in Rome, aiming to get to the heart of Josemaría Escrivá’s message. Some [...]
Tags: Youth, Ordinary life

Some of the main features of the spirit of Opus Dei

What are the main features of Opus Dei’s spirit? “This is God’s will: your sanctification,” as Saint Paul said to the first Christians. This message is “as old as the Gospel and as new as the Gospel.” God calls all baptized people to the fullness [...]
Tags: Divine sonship, Freedom, Marriage, Opus Dei, Work, Unity of life, Ordinary life

Through everyone’s efforts

People can help to improve society through their ordinary work, which, as Saint Josemaría saw it, is not only a necessity in order to support oneself and one’s family, nor just a means of production, nor merely a way to self-fulfilment. It is much more [...]
Tags: Justice, Solidarity, Ordinary life

The Faithful of the Prelature

Who are the members of Opus Dei? People ask to join Opus Dei because they receive a calling to it from God. The vocation to Opus Dei determines or focuses the Christian vocation received with Baptism; it points to a specific way of seeking holiness in [...]
Tags: Formation, Opus Dei, Ordinary life, Vocation

In the House at Nazareth

And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man (Lk 2:51-52). The fact that Jesus [...]
Tags: Jesus Christ, Holy Family, St Joseph, Ordinary life, Our Lady

One day I too received the gift of a vocation

I came across Opus Dei through a letter that arrived at our local school about the Zunil School of Home and Hotel Management. My daughter Mirna was interested. We went to visit the school, we liked it and she decided to study there. Then the [...]
Tags: Ascetical struggle, Opus Dei, Ordinary life, Vocation, supernumerary