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A fulltime mum

Marie Jones, Mother of two with a third on its way

Leatherhead, Surrey, UK, December 21, 2010

Tags: Cooperators of Opus Dei, Family and work, Marriage, UK
I am Roman Catholic, aged 29, married and a fulltime mum. We keep pigs, sheep, chickens and a dog in a small village near Leatherhead.
“A Christian cannot be satisfied with a job that allows him to maintain his family: the greatness of his heart is going to encourage him to get closer to people in order to help them, by means of charity and justice” (St Josemaria, Friends of God, 126)
“A Christian cannot be satisfied with a job that allows him to maintain his family: the greatness of his heart is going to encourage him to get closer to people in order to help them, by means of charity and justice” (St Josemaria, Friends of God, 126)

I had known about Opus Dei for quite a long time before I was directly introduced by a friend and I had numerous preconceived ideas which I held pretty fast. Over time however, I came to grow in my understanding and appreciation for the apostolate of Opus Dei and was drawn to the simplicity and clarity of the teaching as well as its constant reminder that through our daily work, petty frustrations and minor victories, we can and should grow closer to Christ and the Holiness to which he calls us each day.

I now regularly attend retreats, days of recollection and other means of formation offered to Cooperators and find them incredibly enriching. My role as Cooperator is usually fulfilled through prayer and financial donations.

I've heard it said that Cooperators are like relatives and friends of the members of Opus Dei and that is certainly what it feels like; we're closely related enough to lean on the Prelature for the spiritual support we may need whilst knowing that our prayers and other contribution are a vital part in the life and well-being of this same family.