PODCAST| The Humanity of Holiness

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In this meditation, Fr. Donncha Ó hAodha reflects on how the saints are those who best radiate Jesus Christ in the world. It is through their humanity and personalities that we can see and touch the humanity and the personality of Jesus.

The whole gamut of human experience– health, work, rest, marriage, friendship, joy, sorrow, humor– everything can be full of Christ, can radiate Christ, and make present the beauty of the person of Christ.

Fr. Donncha reflects especially on St. Thomas More, the great saint, patron of politicians and lawmakers. He explains that when we think about St. Thomas More, we celebrate especially the humanity of holiness. He was a person who achieved great holiness in and through ordinary everyday things, which is what St. Josemaria particularly enjoyed and savored in St. Thomas More, his secularity.

From St. Thomas More we learn that it is not necessary to isolate ourselves from the world or from professional or family or married life, or our country. We must be totally immersed in all those realities. And, in and through those realities, we find Jesus Christ. We love Christ. We speak with Christ. And we bring Christ to those around us.

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Rev. Donncha Ó hAodha Rev. Donncha Ó hAodha

Born in Galway in the West of Ireland, Fr. Donncha Ó hAodha studied English and French Literature at National University of Ireland. He worked as a secondary school teacher for a few years prior to being ordained for the Opus Dei Prelature in 2001. He lives in Dublin where he carries out his ministry mainly with young people.

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  • Brian May 12, 2016  

    Don ALvaro, continue to keep me in your prayers

  • Peter May 12, 2017  

    Don Alvaro, I entrust my son and his family to your fatherly protection.

  • Pat May 13, 2017  

    This was a most beautiful and inspiring meditation. Great insights to meditate upon! Thank you!

  • Susan May 13, 2017  

    Blessed Alvaro, please intercede for the cure of the sickness of Fr. Julio Peñacoba.