Prelate's Pastoral Trips in July and August

Prelate's Pastoral Trips in July and August

Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz will visit various countries in Europe during the next two months to be with the faithful and friends of the Prelature. Links to highlights and photos of each trip.

Two Sydney men ordained priests for the Prelature of Opus Dei
Fr John Watson and Fr Phillip Elias

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Message of the day

“Purity comes from love”

There are many good reasons to honour Saint Joseph, and to learn from his life. He was a man of strong faith. He earned a living for his family - Jesus and Mary - with his own hard work. He guarded the purity of the Blessed Virgin, who was his Spouse. And he respected he loved! God's freedom, when God made his choice: not only his choice of Our Lady the Virgin as his Mother, but also his choice of Saint Joseph as the Husband of Holy Mary. (The Forge, 552)

I don’t agree with the traditional picture of St Joseph as an old man, even though it may have been prompted by a desire to emphasize the perpetual virginity of Mary. I see him as a strong young man, perhaps a few years older than our Lady, but in the prime of his life and work.

You don’t have to wait to be old or lifeless to practice the virtue of chastity. Purity comes from love; and the strength and gaiety of youth are no obstacle for noble love. Joseph had a young heart and a young...

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