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Ordinary Work, Extraordinary Grace: My Spiritual Journey in Opus Dei

By Scott Hahn & Paul Smith (Narrator)
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Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.48" Width: 5.38" Height: 1.08"
Weight:   0.31 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Jan 1, 2007
Publisher   Saint Anthony Messenger Press
ISBN  0867168285  
EAN  9780867168280  

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Scott Hahn's personal introduction to the biblical theology and spirituality of Opus Dei. Opus Dei often misunderstood organization. To its members, however Opus Dei is a spiritual path, a way of integrating Jesus' teaching into their everyday lives. This book describes the organization's founding and mission and as well as its profound influence on his life.

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Scott Hahn's personal introduction to the biblical theology and spirituality of Opus Dei.
Opus Dei is an intriguing and oft-misunderstood organization. To its members, however, Opus Dei is a spiritual path, a way of integrating Jesus' teaching into their everyday lives. In this book, Scott Hahn, a member of Opus Dei, describes the organization's founding and mission and as well as its profound influence on his life.
Hahn recounts the significant role Opus Dei played in his conversion from evangelical Christianity to Catholicism and explains why its teachings remain at the center of his life. Hahn relates personal stories to show how Opus Dei's spirituality enriches the meaning of daily work and transforms ordinary relationships. He offers insights for reconciling spiritual and material goals, discussing such topics as ambition, workaholism, friendship, sex and the place of prayer and sacrifice in living a Christian life.
Engaging and enlightening, "Ordinary Work, Extraordinary Grace" is both a moving personal story and an inspiring work of contemporary spirituality.
Unabridged. Includes both appendices--an article about St. Josemaria and Scripture written by Hahn and some of St. Josemaria's prayers.
4 CDs/4 hours (approx.)

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Scott Hahn

SCOTT HAHN is a professor of theology and Scripture at the Franciscan University of Steubenville and was recently appointed to the Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation of Saint Vincent Seminary (Latrobe, Pennsylvania). He is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Lamb's Supper; Hail, Holy Queen; Swear to God; and Understanding the Scriptures. He lives in Steubenville, Ohio.

Scott Hahn currently resides in Steubenville, in the state of Ohio.

Scott Hahn has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 30-Minute Read
  2. Catholic for a Reason
  3. Counterpoints: Bible & Theology
  4. Ignatius Catholic Study Bible
  5. Ignatius Catholic Study Bible S
  6. Letter & Spirit Journal

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Personal Divinization  Mar 31, 2008
This review stuck a tender nerve. Hahn's theology is based on dogma and beliefs, unleavened by faith, which is why his numerous writings are so ultimately uninspiring and uninspired. Hahn converted to Catholicism via an academic spiritual experience, i.e., Pedantic Enlightenment. For someone who maintains that his conversion was due to his liberation from Protestant emphasis on sola scriptura, Hahn remains remarkably laden with words, boxed into Biblical frameworks. He squeezes out faith from memorizing and breaking down Old and New Testament passages into digestible chunks, sucking the juice of wisdom dry, and regurgitating to a worshipful audience. In all his theological meanderings and desire to prove his points, Scott Hahn heavily relies on quoting biblical passages and citing their numbers, yet he misses the bigger, far more complex picture. This numerical correctness lacks depth; Hahn emulates a lawyer debating points, rather than a philosopher with something real to contribute. His descriptions of Opus Dei portray it as Catholicism with training-wheels, for those for whom Mass is Not Enough, reflecting a lack of faith. Perhaps this is the case of the convert having to be more Catholic than the Catholics.On top of this, members feel more devout by enacting little rights of self-mortification. In a world full of pain, why monstrously and egotistically borrow pain? Why not go help those who are really suffering in pain? Note to the pseudo-suffering: don't worry, if you live long enough, pain will come. Flagellation by choice or self-inflicted suffering is an act of enormous ego, of a superiority complex run amuck, not faith or devotion.

Again, Hahn delivers his special brand of Spiritual Velveeta, lacking historical context and the complex richness of other theologians. One of his cheesy favorite phrases is, "It doesn't get any better than this." It's surprising how many fall for this spiritual used-car salesman. He displays a zealous desire to convert non-Christians and Protestants to his faith. Though apostolic, the Church attempts to understand that other faiths must approached with respect and care. Hahn needs to soak his head in Ratzinger's (Pope Benedict XVI) "What It Means to Be a Christian," and read repeatedly. Make it the Way. Absorb where the Pope wrote, "Everything we believe about God, and everything we know about man, prevents us from accepting that beyond the limits of the Church there is no more salvation, that up to the time of Christ all men were subject to eternal damnation" (pg 45). Interreligious dialogue is not synonymous with moral or religious equivocation.

Pope Benedict XVI has never said that Jews are unsaved unless they convert, in fact, he has described God's First Covenant with respect to the Jewish people. It is one thing to be a light to the world, but Christianity has a lot to answer for in two thousand years. Try James Carroll's superb "Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews." Faith has been horrifically misused by those who transform its truths into a bludgeon to force conversion. Currently, with the scandals of the Church sex abuse cases and cover-up, spiritual betrayal has been perpetrated on an unimaginable scale. What has Opus Dei done to assist victims of the Churches current sins?

But Hahn's fascination with his own process of self "divinization" is incapable of complexity. The Opus Dei he presents exhibits consistent, ardent elitism, insisting that baptism is the only way to God's grace. Even in Hahn's conversion story, he would not suffer in patience, there was no saintly Way for this man. No, he broke his covenant with his wife in order to leave her behind and convert to Catholicism before she was ready for this drastic transition. And Opus Dei helped him in this process. Hahn, in his typically self-centered way, found scriptural justification for this action, and broke his promise to her that he would wait till she was ready. He exhibits the self-centered narcism of his generation, focusing on his "divinization."

Opus Dei exclusively consists of only the baptized, and seems to attract many overzealous converts. For these aspiring lay people, simply attending Mass once a day is not enough, deep worship via Mass is simply inadequate to feed their narcissism. So their Dei consists of mimicking the Mass throughout the day, adding rules to the rules. Opus Dei is an elitist club within a club, completely counter to the humility of Jesus and His Dei, His work and His way. Hahn needs to prove the depth of his faith with a theological bludgeon, lacking grace and subtlety.

Pope Benedict XVI has never supported Opus Dei, and has in fact distanced himself from this egocentric, self indulgent organization. Hahn remains busy creating the Hahn New Revelation Catholic Church, with legions of ardent fans waiting with bated breath for his next pearls of wisdom. I feel obligated, having been mislead by the astounding plethora of positive reviews, and having purchased a number of Hahn's books, to warn others about this seriously misleading man. It's clear he aspires to be a new Aquinas or Augustine, but future theologians will find his numerous books to be trite at best; quantity does not quality make.
Begining Of A Spritual Journey With Opus Dei As My Guide   Jan 7, 2008
Scott Hahn gives a full and wonderful view of the Opus Dei way of life. It is a way of life that can bring a person closer to God in profound and wonderful ways. The Scriptures come alive. Prayers are more focused and a conversation with God. A deep spiritual learning and progress in life takes place.
Thak God For the Truth!!  Oct 14, 2007
i don't have much to add as I am not a writer but a reader
i'm so thankful for this book
Opus Dei was what brought me into the church
Sedevacantism took me out and Scott Hahn's book helped to bring me back in
Thak you so much for this Scott!!!
Excellent introduction to Opus Dei  Aug 1, 2007
I was extremely surprised when I was given this book as a gift. I had no idea that Scott Hahn was a member of "The Work" as OD members call it. As someone who has had many positive experiences with Opus Dei and who has wanted to know more about them for a while, I found this book to be exactly what I was looking for. There is not much of Scott Hahn's own biographical journey here, although it is briefly mentioned in places. It is really an introduction to the spirituality of Opus Dei for the ordinary person. Extremely clear and well written, and inspiring! After reading this book, I have a deeper understanding of the motive, mission and philosophy of Opus Dei (their charism, really) and a more profound respect for their work.
Understanding to dispell fear and a call to live as the family we are called to be  May 18, 2007
There has been a lot of talk, even in Protestant circles, about "friendship evangelism." Prof. Hahn reveals it in Opus Dei. Another focus has been placed on scripture and Prof. Hahn tells us about that same focus in Opus Dei. Other groups, like Promise Keepers, have tried to stress the importance of spiritual males who live their faith in our culture. Opus Dei has been stressing the same from the beginning. Others have tried to reinstill the dignity of work in the life of Christians. Again, Opus Dei was already doing that too. Then there is the family of God focus in some groups and, again, Opus Dei beat them to the punch. Prof. Hahn exposes the "sinister" secrets of Opus Dei and shows us what we all have been seeking all along - a family that works together to the glory of God. To counter fear of the uknown, Prof. Hahn, with his always strong focus on the Scriptures, gives us inside knowledge to dispel the myths and fears. Would that all Christians take up the vocation of Opus Dei and stop fighting amongst ourselves.

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