PODCAST | Called to Change the World: On the Founding of Opus Dei

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In this podcast, Fr. Peter Armenio shares how God desires everyone to be a recipient of his message to become saints in the middle of the world and to change the world. This message probably sounds familiar to us today, but it was an unprecedented message in the Church in the early 20th century.

In 1928, St. Josemaria Escriva was a young priest in Spain who since seminary had developed a reputation for special graces and holiness. However, as Fr. Peter explains, he was not a mystic or visionary, a missionary, or a founder of a religious order, like St. John Bosco, SS. Jacinta and Francisco, St. Teresa of Avila, or Mother Theresa.

Yet, God chose to show St. Josemaria a specific pathway through which he wanted to be in the world in a way that he had never been there before. It was a reiteration of what Our Lord did with his disciples when he ascended into Heaven. God didn’t show St. Josemaria a specific institution or organization; he showed him how all the faithful, especially the laity, are called to change the world and bring Christ to the middle of the world through their work and ordinary lives.

From that moment on October 2, 1928, when St. Josemaria saw Opus Dei, the Work God, he dedicated his life to spreading the message and to teaching the path to holiness and finding God in the world, to being contemplatives in the world and meditating on the Gospel, and to leading holy lives that truly change the world.

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Rev. Peter Armenio Rev. Peter Armenio

Rev. Peter V. Armenio was ordained a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei in 1980. He is the author of several books published by Midwest Theological Forum, including Highlights of the Catholic Faith. He also served as President of the St. Josemaria Institute from 2006 to 2012. He has been working in campus ministry for the past 30 years and also preaches recollections and gives spiritual direction in Chicago.

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