Tuesday, April 5, 2016

KNOW YOUR MISSION AND OFFICES



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Discover your mission orders and your positions of responsibility to change the world  

WHAT’S MY MISSION?

Not just secret agents, but everyone is eager and excited to know their mission orders – the objectives and tasks we are sent to accomplish, the contribution people expect of us, the meaning and purpose of our life. 

When we were baptized, says the Bible, we “put on Christ.” That is why we can exclaim, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” (Gal 3:20; 2:20)  Christ lives in me! “We have become not just Christians, but Christ himself,” cried St. Augustine. (CCC 795)  Who is Christ who lives in me? Jesus Christ is God himself who became man for only one mission: to save all men from sin and make us one with God. The name of Jesus means “God saves”. And the word christ means “messiah”, people who have been consecrated by God for a saving mission: priests, prophets, and kings.

As another Christ, we have only one mission: to bring all men to love God with all their strength, and we have a responsibility to exercise his three offices that fulfil his one mission. These offices are the solutions to the great evils all men suffer due to sin. Our priestly office addresses the lack of sanctifying grace, a share in God’s life, without which we cannot enter heaven. Our prophetic office solves people’s ignorance, lack of knowledge of God and his plan, “the origin of all moral deviations”. (CCC 2087) Our kingly office addresses our wayward tendencies and passions.

If a Christian does not exercise Christ’s mission and responsibilities, he is like salt that “has lost its taste,” said Jesus. “It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men.” (Mt 5:13)

OUR SPECIAL VOCATION: let your light shine before men

Christ told us: “You are the light of the world,” and so the Christian laity’s special vocation that we should know best is “to seek the kingdom of God by engaging in secular affairs and directing them according to God's will ...  to enlighten and put in order all things in the world." (CCC 898)

It is in the midst of our world, our home, the office, the streets, in places of entertainment, in the mall, in government, business, and media, that we are called to find God, and to make Christ’s superabundant love, mercy and wisdom permeate all things. We have “the preeminent responsibility to work so that the divine message of salvation may be known and accepted by all men throughout the earth.” (Vat II, AA; CCC 900)

To accomplish this, we are called to take initiative: not to wait passively for others to make a move, but to take the first step in making things happen, beginning a chain of events that can Christianize the world. We are tasked to be creative: “discovering or inventing the means for permeating social, political, and economic realities” with the beauty, harmony and supreme joy that comes from the fullness of love and truth. (CCC 900)

OUR PRIESTLY OFFICE: Union with Jesus, praying and offering sacrifices to sanctify the world from within

We will be able to put order in the world only if we are put order in our lives. If we put God first in everything, others second and ourselves last. "He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit,” Jesus told us. “For without me you can do nothing" (Jn 15:5).  If we are intimately one with Jesus, all our “works, prayers, and apostolic undertakings, family and married life, daily work, relaxation of mind and body, even the hardships of life patiently born - all these become spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God.” By offering all these at Mass, we take part in the Sacrifice of Christ on the cross that saves all men through time. (CCC 901)  The saints, who allow God to work by praying always, are the best reformers of society.

The one purpose of our life is to love God with all our heart, a love that impels us to know him deeply: to meditate on his teachings that come to us through his Church, especially its Bible and Catechism, to go frequently to confession and the Eucharist, where his love is poured into us. “The love of Christ urges us,” sets us on fire, impelling us to save many souls. (CCC 864)

OUR PROPHETIC OFFICE: Evangelizing and teaching the faith

“Thanks solely to this encounter with God’s love, which blossoms into an enriching friendship, we are liberated.” taught Pope Francis. We are freed from sin and inner emptiness, and we are filled with the joy of the truth. “For if we have received the love which restores meaning to our lives, how can we fail to share that love with others?”

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It is above all with a life lived in God who is Love that we evangelize, and a key part of this life is to obey his last command: Go and make disciples of all nations... teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  (Mt 28:19-20)  This Great Commission still echoes, and should be echoed by us to many Catholics who have forgotten it.

Pope Francis stressed: Every Christian is challenged, here and now, to be actively engaged in evangelization...What about you? ... Sharing our enthusiasm “falls to each of us as a daily responsibility... bringing the Gospel to the people we meet, whether they be our neighbors or complete strangers. This takes place in the middle of a conversation... on the street, in a city square, during work, on a journey.” Training in this “should start with the children's earliest education. Parents should teach them little by little to be solicitous for the material and spiritual needs of their neighbour,” recalling that the spiritual is above the material. (Vat II; Mt 4:4)
                                                                                         
As prophets who speak of Christ, it is very important that we often meet Christ, to learn him well in the four parts of his Church’s Catechism (the Creed, Sacraments, Morality and Prayer) and be involved in helping people meet him in catechesis. First, in our family through family Sunday school, and then to as many people as we can reach: by teaching, spreading catechetical materials and using the means of social communication. The Church’s “increase in numbers, even more her inner growth and correspondence with God’s plan depend essentially on catechesis.” (CCC 7) 

OUR KINGLY OFFICE: Correcting common practices that breed sins, and effectively permeating education, culture, media, business and government, and other social institutions with true moral values

Our first duty as kings is to rule over our self. Christ, the true King, reigns by giving his life on the cross in obedience to the Father, and through his sacraments he sends us his powerful graces to “deny ourselves” and to “overcome the reign of sin”. “That man is rightly called a king who makes his own body an obedient subject and, by governing himself with suitable rigor, refuses to let his passions breed rebellion in his soul.” (CCC 908)

http://www.downtowncleveland.com/media/235220/new-rendering_logo.jpg?width=800&quality=80"Moreover, by uniting their forces let the laity so remedy the institutions and conditions of the world when the latter are an inducement to sin, that these may be conformed to the norms of justice, favoring rather than hindering the practice of virtue. By so doing they will impregnate culture and human works with a moral value." (CCC 909)

Starting in their family and workplace, citizens should take part in public life as far as possible. (Comp 410)  We are called to make the greatest possible impact, helping people to understand and live true moral values

caring for the poor, upholding the truth, fighting corruption and excessive inequality, respect for life and human dignity, support for marriage and the family, working for the common good, reverence for human sexuality, support for religion, social justice, respecting rights and freedom, promoting virtue, care for the environment, and the social principles of solidarity and subsidiarity. Stress should be given to a “hierarchy of values, which subordinates physical and instinctual dimensions to interior and spiritual ones.” (CCC 1886)  With our zeal, all these should fill up the community, media, university and government. And we do so with secular and scientific reasoning, as they are all truths of the natural law that will surely make human life flourish.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

OPUS DEI: God's Work to sanctify the world from within


NATURE AND MESSAGE: What is Opus Dei and what does it say?


Opus Dei is an institution of the Catholic Church that spreads the key Catholic teaching that everyone is called to holiness, and that work and the activities of everyday life are a path to sanctity.

https://godandcheeseburgers.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/media_httpuploadwikim_hunus-scaled600.jpg?w=244&h=300Its founder, St. Josemaria, said: “We have come to say that sanctity is not for a privileged few, that our Lord calls every one of us, that he expects love from everyone no matter where they are, whatever might be their state in life, their profession, or their position.

Ordinary everyday life, with nothing showy about it, can be a means of sanctity. It is not necessary to abandon one’s state in the world to seek God (unless one is called to a religious life), for every path of life can be the occasion of an encounter with Christ.” 

BASIS: Where do you find this Catholic teaching in the Bible?

Jesus told everyone, “Love God with all your heart" (Mt 22:37), "Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect," (Mt 5:48) and that “the one thing necessary” is to be with him. ( Lk 10:42) Thus, St. Paul said, “This is the will of God: your sanctification.” (1 Thess 4:3)

“Opus Dei,” said St. Josemaria, “is as old as the Gospel and as the Gospel new. It intends to remind Christians of the wonderful words of Genesis: God created man to work. …We have come to call attention once again to the example of Jesus, who spent thirty years in Nazareth, working as a carpenter. In his hands, a professional occupation, similar to that carried out by millions of people all over the world, was turned into a divine task. It became a part of our Redemption, a way to salvation.”

MISSION: What does Opus Dei want to do for the world?

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d4/Opus_Dei_cross.svg/2000px-Opus_Dei_cross.svg.pngThe Catholic Catechism taught that all the Catholic laity have the vocation to direct earthly affairs according to God’s will. “Since God wants the majority of Christians to remain in secular activities and to sanctify the world from within, the purpose of Opus Dei,” said the founder, “is to help them discover their divine mission,” carrying it out with full freedom and personal responsibility for their actions.

NAME: What does “Opus Dei” mean?

Opus Dei is Latin for Work of God. St. Josemaria gave it this name because of two important reasons. First, because he was convinced that God himself started Opus Dei, and works in it. This was confirmed by St. John Paul II who stated that Opus Dei was founded “under divine inspiration”. Secondly, because the name expresses its core Catholic teaching: "Sanctify yourself, sanctify your work, and sanctify others through your work”. Opus Dei is "a way of sanctification in daily work and in the fulfillment of the ordinary duties of a Christian."  (Prayer card of St. Josemaria)

ACTIVITY: What does Opus Dei do to achieve its mission?

“The main activity of Opus Dei,” said its founder, “is offering its members, and other people, the spiritual means they need to live as good Christians in the midst of the world. It helps them to learn Christ's doctrine and the Church's teachings.” These spiritual means are: one-on-one mentoring, frequent confession, talks on virtues, retreats, etc.

“However,” St. Josemaria continued, “moved by a desire to contribute to the solution of each society's problems, which are so closely related to the Christian ideal, it also has some other corporate activities. Its corporate works are all directly apostolic activities: training centers for farm workers, medical dispensaries in developing countries or areas, schools for girls from under-privileged families. In other words, educational or welfare activities.”

MEMBERS: How do you describe the faithful of the Prelature?

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“The easiest way to understand Opus Dei,” said St. Josemaria, “is to consider the life of the early Christians. They lived their Christian vocation seriously, seeking earnestly the holiness to which they had been called by their Baptism. Externally they did nothing to distinguish themselves from their fellow citizens. The members of Opus Dei are ordinary people.”

“The majority of the members live in the same place as they would have lived had they not been members of Opus Dei: in their home, with their family, in the place where they work…. Some members, few in comparison with the total number, live together to attend to the spiritual care of the others, or to conduct some apostolic activity. They form an ordinary home, just like any Christian family, and continue at the same time to work at their profession.” The former are called supernumeraries and the latter numeraries. Associates are celibate like the numeraries and they live with their own families. The three form one single vocation to seek holiness within Opus Dei.

Since members dedicate their lives to God without any external marks unlike priests and monks, their behavior was for a time misunderstood as secrecy. The misunderstanding is now largely a thing of the past, as the Catholic Church has declared the teaching on the universal call to holiness (cf. Vatican II, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Chapter V)

CATHOLIC ORGANIZATION: How does it function in the Church?

Within the legal framework of the Catholic Church, Opus Dei is a personal prelature. The prelature is headed by a bishop appointed by the Pope.

Unlike the bishop of a diocese who governs the church in a geographical territory, the prelate of Opus Dei governs persons who are in Opus Dei wherever they are.  Similar to an ordinariate and diocese which have a bishop, priests and laypeople, the Prelature of Opus Dei is a secular, hierarchical structure within the Catholic Church, different from religious orders and associations.

FOUNDER: What does the Church say about St. Josemaria?

St. Josemaria Escriva, is a Roman Catholic priest, who was called the saint of ordinary life  and an apostle of the laity for modern times by St. John Paul II when he canonized him at the start of the new millennium in 2002. Pope Francis, who has a devotion to St. Josemaria, said that he is "a forerunner of Vatican II in proposing the universal call to holiness.”

FINANCES: How are Opus Dei activities supported?

Each faithful of the prelature provides for his or her personal needs by their work. Besides covering their own expenses, the faithful of the Prelature and its cooperators carry the responsibility for the costs of the different apostolates of the prelature. “The majority of Opus Dei members,” said St. Josemaria “are of modest means and social position: manual workers, farmers, clerks, housewives, office workers, engineers, teachers, etc. A much smaller number are engaged in the world of government and business.”

VISION:  What does St. Josemaria see as the future of Opus Dei?

“For as long as there are men on earth,” he said, “no matter how much the techniques of production may change, they will have some type of work that can be offered to God and sanctified. With God's grace, Opus Dei wants to teach them how to make their work an act of service to all men of every condition, race and religion. Serving men in this way, they will serve God.”

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