Thursday, October 02, 2008

October 2, 1928: Deo Omnis Gloria!

Deo omnis gloria! -- "All glory to God!" -- is one of the little prayers that was always on the lips of St. Josemaría Escrivá, who founded Opus Dei 80 years ago today.

St. Josemaría's desire that all glory go to God is behind the name "Opus Dei," which means "God's work." The goal of Opus Dei is the sanctification of everyday life in the world. It has nothing whatsoever to do with scheming cardinals, albino assassin monks, or the arrangement of dead guys into a representation of Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man. Not even the fact that final papal approval was granted in 1950 by the e-e-e-e-v-i-i-i-l-l-l Pope Pius XII adds a shred of sinisterness to Opus Dei.

So happy 80th birthday to Opus Dei! And long may it continue to give the enemies of the Church the vapors.

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