PODCAST | No Ordinary Light

In this podcast, Fr. Peter Armenio reflects on how St. Josemaria Escriva was inspired by the light of God with the mission to bring Christ into the heart of the entire world in a way that He had never been before, especially into a world gripped by a culture of death and in need of healing through God’s mercy.

St. Josemaria wrote that: “God is the same as always. It is men of faith that are needed: and then, there will be a renewal of the wonders we read of in the Gospel” (The Way, no. 586). Therefore, as Fr. Peter explains, St. Josemaria understood that all of God’s children are needed and called to participate in this beautiful mission! And, our mission is to replicate both the joy and the affection of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, which can be done with a  well-formed interior life of prayer. Because it is our prayer life that exudes the joy and the light of Christ in the world.

“[God] wants you to become a living force for all mankind, lights shinning in the world” (St. Gregory Nazianzen; Oration, no. 39). We are called to be light, but this is no ordinary light; it is a light in which we are bathed in the glory of God. Our Blessed Mother, Mary, helps us to enter into the light, the light of her Son, which is nothing more and nothing less than the mercy of God.

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. 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 is currently a chaplain at The Willows Academy (Des Plaines, IL). He also preaches recollections and gives spiritual direction in Chicago.

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