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: Can you find the extraordinary in the ordinary? YES, YOU CAN! "God is calling you to serve Him in and from the ordinary, material, and secular activities of human life," insisted Monsignor Josemaria Escriva, the founder of the world's fastest growing lay spiritual organization, Opus Dei (Work of God). "He waits for us every day in the laboratory, in the operating room, in the army barracks, in the university, in the factory...Understand this well: there is something holy, something divine, hidden in the most ordinary situations, and it is up to you to discover it." When Escriva founded Opus Dei, he proclaimed that holiness and great happiness are to be found in the ordinary tasks of life. Work, play, family life, friendships--all these, Escriva taught, are means to deep inner joy and freedom, if properly understood and lived. OPUS DEI explores what this transforming message, first proclaimed by Escriva in 1928, later a major theme of the Second Vatican Council and strongly endorsed by Pope John Paul II, has meant not only for the personal lives of member of Opus Dei, but also for the cultures in which these members live. In addition, this book provides answers to questions commonly raised about this fresh and invigorating spirituality. OPUS DEI: LEADERSHIP AND VISION IN TODAY'S CATHOLIC CHURCH is a must read for anyone interested in spirituality, Christianity, and the history of the Catholic Church in the twentieth century.