It's about how you live your life
Nic, media and communications consultant, producer. Canada
March 21, 2011
Part of Opus Dei's message and the message of Saint Josemaria that I appreciated, was the idea that faith isn't something that you can just turn on and turn off. You're not just Catholic when you go to Church. You're not just Catholic around the Easter dinner table. Or you're not just Jewish when you go to synagogue.
Faith is something you carry with you from the moment you wake up every day to the moment you go to sleep. It's not something that should be bucketed and hidden away in a closet.
And the thing that I really respect about Opus Dei and the message of Saint Josemaria is the way to utilize that faith and to amplify that faith and to make your everyday life in every moment of that day impactful and empowering.
And that's something that I've seen from the people I've dealt with in Opus Dei. There's a great level of confidence and joy at how they take every step throughout their day. It's not just about praying. They express their faith in normal ways. It's taking every moment of the day and really focusing on it and really thinking about it. Almost perfecting the way that you want your day to go and your life to go.
I think the current society is very obsessed with working hard and earning money. And there's lots of things going on. Lots of distractions. And it's very hard, I find, for a lot people to maintain that life balance throughout the day.
There's always a lot of things that people are being obsessed about and I think that the message of Saint Josemaria from my perspective has definitely helped many people find that happiness and find that life balance to be able to really enjoy themselves and handle their work, their family and their individual life all with a smile on their face.
And I think that Opus Dei helps people find that equilibrium find that balance and find that focus so they can make those decisions. Not only what's best for them but what's best for everybody.
There's this idea that the types of work that Opus Dei does the types of things that they're involved with, are only for Opus Dei members. But in fact there's a large number of Co-operators that I've had the pleasure of meeting. And there's a lot of things, of initiatives I've seen with my own eyes where you have people of Opus Dei and Co-operators of Opus Dei working together to help everybody else and that's something I don't think a lot of people realize. The fact that the things that Opus Dei does, it isn't just for Opus Dei. It's for everybody. And it takes more people than just those in Opus Dei. To help bring these things to life. Whether it's schools, whether it's things in developing countries to help the impoverished.
There are many different things that Opus Dei wants to do to try and help this world. And you don’t have to be a member of Opus Dei. You don't even have to be a Co-operator of Opus Dei. I'm not a Cooperator of Opus Dei. And I'm not religious in the conventinal sense of religion. But after meeting Opus Dei and after having numerous conversations with many people within Opus Dei.
There are little things in my life that have changed because of their belief, their understanding of faith that is actually quite attractive to a lot of individuals out there who might not really be religious in the conventional sense of the word.
Opus Dei is not for everybody. But there are little parts of Opus Dei. That regardless of who you are, regardless of what religion you are, what faith you are. I think there are parts of Opus Dei that everyone can appreciate. Because it very much is about how you live your life. Not only for yourself but for everybody.
List of Contents
- It's about how you live your life
- My music... and Saint Josemaria
- Everything is fine
- My illness? An opportunity to come closer to God
- St Josemaria Rugby Club
- Coming home
- A word of encouragement
- A different kind of happiness
- Jose Miguel Ibanez Langlois, Chile
- Searching for the purpose in life
- A fulltime mum
- Pope Benedict XVI