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The salt of mortification

St Josemaria recommended something he practiced himself: to include “a cross in every dish”. In other words, offering a small mortification at every meal, for example, drinking water a little less often, and not commenting about the food. He would take a little less of [...]
Tags: Mortification, Ordinary life, temperance

A block of ice

Like every day, after lunch today we were going to the sitting-room to spend some family time together, when we saw that someone had taken away the cord we had put up in the street below, to keep people away from the threatening stalactites hanging [...]
Tags: Gratitude, Ordinary life

About the Opus Dei's message

People have sometimes said that Opus Dei was organised internally along the lines of secret societies. What is to be thought of such a statement? Could you give us, with this in mind, your own idea of the message you wanted to address to men [...]
Tags: Opus Dei, Holiness, Ordinary life

Why Opus Dei?

Interview with Peter Forbarth (Time) given on 15 April 1967 1. Would you explain the central mission and objectives of Opus Dei? On what precedent did you base your ideas for the Association? Or is Opus Dei something unique, totally new within the Church and Christianity? [...]
Tags: Passionately Loving the World, History, Opus Dei, Ordinary life

Opus Dei’s aims

From its very beginning, Opus Dei’s only aim has been, as I have just described, to contribute to there being in the midst of the world men and women of every race and social condition who try to love and serve God and their fellow [...]
Tags: Passionately Loving the World, Opus Dei, 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

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

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