The Heart of Work: Saint Josemaria’s Vision

The Heart of Work: Saint Josemaria’s Vision


I produce and sell liquors. I am a dentist and a mother. I work and study. I am an economist and work
in a computer company. On October 2nd, 1928, God wanted Opus Dei to be born. A mobilization of Christians who would be willing
to sacrifice themselves for others, who would make all the paths
of the earth divine, all of them… sanctifying all noble work, any honest work, any earthly occupation. Father, speak to us a bit about
our ordinary work, because it can become burdensome, and at times it doesn’t seem very glamorous… No, I’m sure you are capable of converting the prose of each day into… poetry, into heroic verse. It’s not true that your days are all the same! If you put love into each day, each day is different. What’s more important: manual or intellectual work? Whichever is done with more love for God. Yours should be a job well-done. Nothing shoddy – I don’t know if you
use the word “shoddy” here. When you really love a woman, you don’t give her as a gift
something cheap. You give her something
that requires a sacrifice. Well, with God our Lord, if we want
to offer our work to Him, it needs to be well-done, with love, relishing our work, and in doing so, you also earn a living and improve your family’s situation. But above all, to please God. Because work is also prayer, and work dignifies a person. Your work is prayer. Your work done
with enthusiasm and for love, – as well as for earning money, why not? – is also penance. Isn’t it penitential for you some days? For me it is… Talk to Him! Talk to our Lord, say “I’m tired!
I can’t take this anymore!” “Lord, this isn’t coming out right.
How would you do it?” I am a chauffeur for a company Make sure to do it well,
conscientiously, In such a way that
our Lord is happy with you. And you will take a step forward
on your path to heaven. And one day you’ll get there, you’ll drive your car right up to paradise. We should be upright, strong, serving our Lord
in the middle of the street, In the midst of our work, being a good friend to your friends, as well as an example for your colleagues Love for the truth embues
the life and work of scientists. It allows them to hold their head high before the uncomfortable situations
that can arise because having a commitment to honesty is not always favorable with public opinion. Father, I study journalism. I have a lot of affection for journalists. I have recommended that they speak the truth. And this is very difficult because for a thousand circumstances, many times one can only say it half-way so as not to bother this person
or that other one… But you, make sure to never lie and never defend an unjust cause. Why is it a serious obligation
to study and work? My son, do you want us to be lazy? We have to live on this earth and each one supports himself
with his own efforts. So students and young people
need to study, ok? What can I do so that my study
brings me closer to our Lord? Offer your work, your study and the day you don’t feel like it,
with more enthusiasm. And don’t be ashamed
to take out your little crucifix to place on top of your desk. I am a mother of a family,
a housewife, and I work in public relations. How does one achieve a balance and maintain a supernatural spirit in the midst of all this? Well in the midst of public relations
you can have a private relationship with God our Lord. Look for Him in your heart. Draw near to our Heavenly Father. Tell Him that you love Him. Tell Him many times during the day. While you are doing public relations on earth, you’re doing public relations for Heaven. Go everywhere. In all places where an upright person can live, there we find air to breath. There we should be with our joy with our interior peace, hoping to bring many souls to Christ. Father, we have heard your teachings
many times respecting the value
of our profesional work. I have children. I see them very little during the week. What do you recommend I do
to look after them better? My son, I would advise you to consider being with your children as your number one job. To offer to God during the day
your professional work in such a way that it pleases Him. Each day you will do it better, with more rectitude,
with more effort with more feeling thinking not only
in yourself and your family, but in the whole society,
in the others. Sometimes, one finds oneself,
let’s say, with many tasks accumulated
during the day such that some jobs
trample over other ones. It will happen to you, my son, the same thing that happens
to everyone who works: that each day you will need 24 hours extra such that you will always finish the day
with many things left undone. Don’t worry, keep calm. And after finishing one thing,
start another one, with peace, as if you only had
that one thing to do. Don’t think about the rest, finish well
what you are now doing. I work for the security
of a big shopping center. How can I have patience with the people, attending to everyone
with Christian charity? You are a great Christian
if you smile always. God bless you. But don’t smile just
to make yourself more amiable, nor in order to sell more things, but rather, out of love for Christ because you know that you have
the duty to contribute to the happiness of everyone else. It’s only just that the person who works earns money. And it is only just that you use this money well, first of all, for your family,
for your home, etc. But our Lord wants you to be generous. Our Lord does not want you to be greedy. So you need to make a little effort. You need to think of God, and for God, everyone else. In a laboratory, in the operating room of a hospital, in the barracks, in the university department, in the factory, in the workshop, in the fields, in the family home, and in all the immense panorama of work, God… awaits us each day. On the horizon, my children, heaven and earth seem to merge, but no. Where they really meet is in your hearts when you sanctify your everyday lives.

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