Silvestre, Juan JoséThe Time of God’s Presence
Language: English, Spiritual – Format: ePub

“History is not a mere succession of centuries, years or days, but the time span of a presence that gives full meaning and opens it to sound hope.” These words of Pope Benedict XVI, which have inspired the title of this book, (More) describe the essence of the liturgical year, which is a celebration of the mystery of Christ within time.
This book, which brings together different texts which have been published on the Opus Dei website, invites the reader to live through those mysteries of the liturgical calendar, which revolve around the Paschal Mystery, heart of the life of Christ and of the history of the world. The reader can therefore deepen in the different tonalities which the prayer of the Church acquires as the year progresses; one can discover that the liturgy is, in the words of Pope Francis, “God’s time and space” and that He invites us to “put ourselves there in God’s time, in God’s space, without looking at our watches. The liturgy is precisely entering into the mystery of God; bringing ourselves to the mystery and being present in the mystery.”

Philippe, Marie-DominiqueThe Mystery of Joseph
Language: English, Spiritual – Format: ePub

“I am astonished at the great favors which God has bestowed on me through this blessed saint.”—St, Atresa of Avila
Although the greatest of saints, after Mary, St. Joseph is perhaps the least well understood, In this inspiring (More) book, Fr. Philippe leads you deep into the beautiful mysteries of St. Joseph—the humble, heroic guardian of Jesus and Mary, who is now the Guardian of the Church, “overflowing with immeasurable wisdom and power” (Pope Paul VI).
“In this beautiful book one of the great men of the Chrurch of recent times helps us to contemplate the face of St. Joseph in all its chivnlrous nobility.”—Fr. John Saward, author Cradle of Redeeming Love
St. Joseph seems to have fallen out of favor in the minds of Catholies. These deep meditations are a wonderful antidore for that I highly recommend The Mystery of Joseph.”—Archbishop John J. Myers

Suarez, FedericoJoseph of Nazareth
Language: English, Spiritual – Format: ePub

Saint Joseph passes through the Gospel without our hearing him utter as much as a single word. But God had selected him for a special mission: to look after two of the greatest treasures who have ever been on earth – Jesus and (More) Mary. And Joseph has a personality of uncommon richness. The figure of Joseph is also an incentive God has given us to stir up hope in the ordinary person.
Joseph of Nazareth is a series of reflections on the life of Saint Joseph in the light of faith and based on revelation. At the end the reader’s love for and devotion to this great saint will have grown considerably. For Joseph, the last of the patriarchs, shows how any one of us can come to be a great saint.
THE AUTHOR
Federico Suarez (1917-2005) obtained a doctorate at the University of Madrid. In 1948 he was appointed Professor of Modern History at the University of Santiago de Compostella. From 1953-1960 he was Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Navarre; and from 1975 until his death he was chaplain to the Royal household.
A member of Opus Dei since 1940, he was ordained in 1948. He carried out extensive pastoral work in university circles and among secular clergy. In addition to more than 20 titles of historical research, he wrote a series of books, including Mary of Nazareth, The Narrow Gate, When the Son of Man comes and About being a Priest, most of which have been translated into several languages. These books have proved useful for people from all walks of life.

Hahn, ScottA Father Who Keeps his Promises
Language: English, Spiritual – Format: ePub

Explores the “covenant love” God reveals to us through the Scriptures and explains how God patiently reaches out to us to restore us into a relationship with his divine family, in a book that follows the high adventure of God’s (More) plan for the ages, beginning with Adam and Eve and continuing down through the generations to the coming of Christ and the birth of the Church. Original.
A convert to Catholicism, DR. SCOTT HAHN brings salvation history to life for the lay Catholic. He teaches theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. He and his wife, Kimbely, are the authors of Rome Sweet Home, the story of their journey to the Catholic Church.

Hahn, ScottOrdinary Work, Extraordinary Grace
Language: English, Spiritual – Format: ePub

A deeply personal introduction to the biblical theology and spirituality of Opus Dei by the bestselling Catholic author Scott Hahn.
To conspiracy theorists, Opus Dei is a highly secretive and powerful international organization. (More) To its members, however, Opus Dei is a spiritual path, a way of incorporating the teachings of Jesus into everyday life. In Ordinary Work, Extraordinary Grace, Scott Hahn, a member of Opus Dei, describes the organization’s founding, its mission, and its profound influence on his life.
Hahn recounts the invaluable part Opus Dei played in his conversion from Evangelical Christianity to Catholicism and explains why its teachings remain at the center of his life. Through stories about his job, his marriage, his role as a parent, and his community activities, Hahn shows how Opus Dei’s spirituality enriches the meaning of daily tasks and transforms ordinary relationships. He offers inspiring insights for reconciling spiritual and material goals, discussing topics ranging from ambition, workaholism, friendship, and sex, to the place of prayer and sacrifice in Christianity today.
Engaging and enlightening, Ordinary Work, Extraordinary Grace is at once a moving personal story and an inspiring work of contemporary spirituality.

Hahn, ScottAngels and Saints: A Biblical Guide to Friendship with God’s Holy Ones
Language: English, Spiritual – Format: ePub

Angels and saints. Catholics tend to think of them as different from the rest of us. They’re cast in plaster or simpering on a holy card, performing miracles with superhero strength, or playing a harp in highest heaven.
Yet they (More) are very near to us in every way. In this lively book, Scott Hahn dispels the false notions and urban legends people use to keep the saints at a safe distance. The truth is that Jesus Christ has united heaven and earth in a close communion. Drawing deeply from Scripture, Dr. Hahn shows that the hosts of heaven surround the earthly Church as a “great cloud of witnesses.” The martyrs cry out from heaven’s altar begging for justice on the earth. The prayers of the saints and angels rise to God, in the Book of Revelation, like the sweet aroma of incense.
Dr. Hahn tells the stories of several saints (and several angels too) in a way that’s fresh and new. The saints are spiritual giants but with flesh-and-blood reality. They have strong, holy ambitions—and powerful temptations and opposition that must be overcome. Their stories are amazing and yet familiar enough to motivate us to live more beautiful lives. In this telling of their story, the saints are neither otherworldly nor this-worldly. They exemplify the integrated life that every Christian is called to live.
Still, their lives are as different from one another as human lives can be. Dr. Hahn shows the heavenly Church in all its kaleidoscopic diversity—from Moses to Mary, Augustine to Therese, and the first century to the last century.
Only saints will live in heaven. We need to be more like the saints if we want to live in heaven someday. Dr. Hahn shows us that our heavenly life can begin now.
It must.

Coverdale, John F.Putting Down Roots
Language: English, Spiritual – Format: ePub

Putting Down Roots by John Coverdale (author of Uncommon Faith) is the exciting story of the beginnings of Opus Dei in the U.S. It tells how Fr. Joseph Muzquiz came to America in 1949 to begin Opus Dei with very little money and (More) only a rudimentary command of the language. At the time, only a handful of Americans had ever heard of Opus Dei. But by the time he passed away in 1983, Opus Dei had put down deep roots in this country.In Putting Down Roots, we learn many remarkable details about Fr. Joseph’s life including:
• His first meeting with St. Josemaría Escrivá, the founder of Opus Dei.
• His tireless efforts, first as a layman, then as a priest, to spread Opus Dei in Spain during the 1940s.
• His remarkable faith beginning Opus Dei with Salvador Ferigle in the U.S. with no money, few contacts, and a very rudimentary command of English.
• The many heroic virtues he lived, earning him a reputation as an unusually holy priest.
Today, many people in the United States and in other countries pray to Fr. Joseph, as he was called in this country, and hope that one day the Church will declare him a saint. This book explains why.Putting Down Roots contains eight pages of photos.

Havard, AlexandreVirtuous Leadership. An Agenda for Personal Excellence
Language: English, Management & Leadership – Format: ePub

Drawing on the lives of some of the greatest political, intellectual and religious leaders of modern times, and the author’s personal experience, Virtuous Leadership demonstrates that leadership and virtue are not only compatible, (More) they are actually synonymous. Virtuous Leadership defines each of the classical human virtues most essential to leadership – magnanimity, humility, prudence, courage, self-control and justice. It demonstrates how these virtues promote personal transformation and the attainment of self-fulfilment. It also considers the Christian supernatural virtues of faith, hope and charity without which no study of leadership can be complete. The book’s final section, Towards Victory, offers a methodology for the achievement of interior growth tailored to the needs of busy, professional people intent on imbuing their lives with a transcendent purpose. Thus, the aim of Virtuous Leadership is ultimately practical. It is meant to be your guidebook in the quest for excellence.

Chandler, DavidTo Make a Good Retreat
Language: English, Spiritual – Format: ePub

You need to make a good retreat.From time to time in life, everyone does.The fact is, though, that few people really understand why until they have made one. The experience of a few days spent deeply in the presence of God, (More) praying and reflecting on our life’s direction, gives an incomparable richness to our vision of things. A well-made retreat brings peace, vitality, and a youthful confidence: a singular regaining of the happiness we knew as children, and a taste of the joyful sense of adventure that all the saints have experienced.Who doesn’t need this?Perhaps you sense this need in yourself already. And this is why you’ve begun to read these pages. You have decided to make a retreat, and you want to make it well. Or, on the other hand, perhaps you haven’t yet made such a decision. Someone who’s close to you—a spouse, a friend, a spiritual director—has suggested that you really ought to make a retreat, or positively need to make one, and you’d like to think the matter over.

This Booklet Contains

God’s Purpose for You
Reading and Reflection
New Life as a Child of God

Luna, FrancisHow to Pray
Language: English, Spiritual – Format: ePub

“HOW TO PRAY” may seem like a strange title for a booklet. Most people probably feel that they know how to pray well enough, their real problem is getting themselves to do it. In part they are right. Most people do know how to (More) pray — to say a certain number of vocal prayers learned as a child, and to pray in their own words in times of special need, or at church, or especially right after receiving our Lord in Communion. Problems arise, though, when one begins to realize that God is asking a little more of us in the way of prayer — that he is asking us to devote some time each day to mental prayer, perhaps only ten or fifteen minutes, perhaps a little more.This Booklet ContainsIs it Possible to love GodGod’s AnswerResolutionsMaking use of the Means