Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Review: Ordinary Work, Extraordinary Grace

I have just read and greating enjoyed "Ordinary Work, Extraordinary Grace: My Spiritual Journey in Opus Dei" by Scott Hahn, which is about Opus Dei. Opus Dei is currently the only personal prelate of the Church. Opus Dei's spiritual foundation is divine filiation, the theological term is based off of 1 John 3:2 meaning "We are God's children". Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is also God Himself. Yet, through divine filiation we have a share in His sonship. We share not an eternal sonship like Jesus but rather one created by the grace of God through our baptism.

Page 17 states the central concept very well: "This seems paradoxical: the finite contains the infinite. But it is God Himself who made this possible, by assuming human flesh in Jesus Christ. In doing so, He humanized His divinity, but He also divinized humanity, and thus sanctified - made holy - everything that fills up a human life: friendship, meals, family, travel, study, and work."

Thus, Opus Dei is about the sanctification of all aspects of our daily lives. Through a deep prayer like that includes the Mass, Rosary, Liturgy of the Hours, etc along with doing all things in great love, we grow closer to God. For Jesus taught us an example to follow, and we should realize that He too worked continuously to proclaim the Gospel. Work is something that can be made holy.

This book is highly recommended to those interested in Opus Dei.  I have read both positive and negative things on Opus Dei. Please do not base all of your opinions about the organization solely on this book. Several books concerning Opus Dei have already been added to the comment box below by readers. I suggest reading other books on the subject before coming to a conclusion on the organziation.

Note: This book has a Nihil Obstat by Reverend Michael F. Hull, STD, Censor Librorum. It has an Imprimatur by Most Reverend Robert A. Brucato.

4 comment(s):

del_button December 28, 2006 at 3:58 AM
Anonymous said...

I would recommend 'Uncommon Faith' by Coverdale. Excellent read.

del_button December 29, 2006 at 5:46 PM
Anonymous said...

Moneybags, what religon were you before you converted?

del_button December 29, 2006 at 6:02 PM
Matthew said...

Non-denominational although I did visit a Lutheran chuch once of twice.

I wouldn't leave the Catholic Church for anything after the first time I entered one.

del_button March 25, 2007 at 5:51 PM
_ said...

I recommend reading 'Beyond the Threshold' by former secratary to St. Josemaria and Numerary of Opus Dei Maria Del Carmen Tapia. Far better than this or the fence sitting book written by John Allan Jr. Avoid OD at all me.

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