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Opus Sanctorum Angelorum

THE GOAL OF EVERY SPIRITUALITY IS TO LEAD MEN TO THIS COMMUNION OF LIFE WITH THE TRIUNE GOD THROUGH THE INCARNATE SON. THOUGH THE HOLY ANGELS ARE NOT THE CENTRAL MESSAGE OF OUR FAITH, NEVERTHELESS, THEY ARE MESSENGERS OF GOD AND SERVANTS OF CHRIST, "SENT TO THOSE WHO ARE TO GAIN SALVATION" (HEB 1:14)

FOUR FUNDAMENTAL DIRECTIONS


Just as the four points of a compass direct us toward our goal when traveling, in the same way in the spiritual life the four fundamental directions lead us towards heaven in the company of the holy angels. The principle governing attributes of God are holiness, wisdom, justice and omnipotence (cf. Dionysius, Commentary on the Divine Names, Book IV Ch. 12). Each one of us is called to participate in these divine attributes and to be transformed into the likeness of God. By the four fundamental directions of adoration, contemplation, expiation and mission, we follow this call. 1. ADORATION
We are called to correspond to Gods holiness through adoration of God especially in the Most Blessed Sacrament in union with the holy angels who unceasingly sing about the throne of God, "Holy, holy, holy!" in profound adoration (cf. Rev. 4:8). The Holiness of God and Adoration The Stream that Gives Joy to God's City

2. CONTEMPLATION
We are called to participate in divine wisdom through contemplation of His Word and salvific works in union with the holy angels who "continually behold the face God in heaven" (Mt 18:10). The Word and Wisdom of God and Meditation ~ In Your Light We See Light ~ Advent 2004

3. EXPIATION
We are to satisfy Gods justice through making expiation for our sins and the sins of the world by carrying our crosses in union with Christ and with the help of the angels. God's Justice and Our Little Way of Expiation Draw Water with Joy from the Font of Salvation

4. MISSION
We are called to participate in Gods omnipotence b persevering with fortitude in our God-given mission through His strength and the strength of the holy angels. The Omnipotence of God and Our Mission Stream of Mission from the Heart of Christ Holiness and Mission

SEVEN CHARACTERISTICS (VIRTUES) OF ANGELS


The holy angels are characterized by seven virtues particular: fidelity, humility, obedience, charity, silence temperance and imitation of Mary. In order to collaborate with them for the good of the Church and the salvation of souls, members of Opus Angelorum must strive to imitate the holy angels in these virtues. 1. FIDELITY
In the beginning the angels were separated into fait and unfaithful angels (demons). Therefore, fidelity is the first mark of the holy angels. Members of the Work Holy Angels also strive to be firmly rooted in fidelity God (the Blessed Mother, the angels and saints) an Holy Church. Fidelity

2. HUMILITY
In contrast to the fallen angels who said "I will not s the holy angels through their profound humility rem faithful under trial in the service of God. In order to with the holy angels, we should also be willing to se God in a joyful spirit of humility, for God loves a cheerful giver Humility: A Virtue for All Seasons

3. OBEDIENCE
The holy angels are "mighty in strength and attentive obedient to every command" (Ps 103). We grow in u with God by willingly subjecting ourselves in the grace the Holy Spirit to God, the Church and all legitimate authority to the glory of God. Holy Obedience: A Felicitous Lot

4. DIVINE LOVE
"The Seraphim are called burning ones, yet all the [choirs of angels] burn in the same way with love for Creator" (St. Gregory the Great, Homilies on the Go 34, 14). Love for God and neighbor should be at the center of all our thoughts, words and actions as the heart is the center of our being. Charity: On Divine Love

5. SILENCE
The angels continually "behold the face of God" (M 18:10). Hence, though they have exterior ministries, are "never absent interiorly through contemplation" Gregory, ibid., 13). In the same way, through holy silence we strive to remain always interiorly recollected and empty ourselves of vain desires in order to be able to hear and heed the voice of God. Holy Silence: The Secret of the Saints

6. TEMPERANCE
As Gods holy ministers, the angels do all things wit measure and order. Members of the OA also strive f order and measure in both their exterior and interior ordering the passions and avoiding sensuality. Temperance: Restraining Strength

7. IMITATION OF MARY
The angels serve Mary as their Queen and Lady. Ma given to the Church as Mother and model (Lumen Gentium, 63-65). Every member of the Work of t Holy Angels should be totally Marian. For Mary in he "fiat" is the model of silent listening and obedience word of God which came to her through the angel. strive to imitate her, therefore, in her silence, listening obedience, poverty (humility), purity and fidelity in the following of Christ, even beneath the Cross. Imitating the Blessed Virgin Mary

SIX BASIC TRAITS FOR COLLABORATION WITH THE HOLY ANGELS


Every actual grace from God is mediated to us through the angels, His messengers. In order for the angel to able to communicate these graces to us, therefore members of the Work of the Holy Angels strive to cultivate in themselves those dispositions and virtue which are particularly helpful for the reception of grace Mary, as the "the model of the acceptance of grace human creatures" (John Paul II, Vita Consecrate, 28 also at the Annunciation (Lk 1:26-38) the model for collaboration with the holy angels. 1. SILENCE
Mary was first of all silent, always interiorly resting in God and seeking only to be filled by Him. She was a woman of few words, but her words were full of meaning and helpfulness. If we are filled with the noise of daily life radio, television, internet, video gameswe will never open for God or the angel. If we enjoy to gossip or to empty ourselves through much talking, we will never the capacity to remain interiorly recollected for God. The Practice of Silence and Solitude

2. LISTENING
Through silence and recollection, Mary was ready a listening for the word of God at all moments. To be for the angel and the call of grace, we must also list for it, waiting for God to speak to us at any given moment. Be watchful! Be alert! For you do not know when the time will come (Mk 13:33). Docility to the Holy Angel

3. OBEDIENCE
Grace comes to fruition only through our cooperation Through her obedience to the word of the angel, M became the Mediatrix of the grace of the Incarnation all humanity. If we are preoccupied with ourselves, s pitying and moody, we will not be open to obey the of God. In order for grace to bear fruit, we also need learn to accept the call of grace to sacrifice, to selflessness and service through obedience to the inspiration of the angel. Obedience as a Corner-Pillar in the Life of the Church

4. POVERTY
Marys silence and continual orientation towards Go was rooted in her poverty of spirit, her emptiness of She was among the poor and humble of the Lord w confidently hope and receive salvation from Him (L Gentium, 55). We, too, must strive to be detached f our possessions, our work, our own opinions or des order to be free for God and the call of the angel. Education in Holy Poverty

5. PURITY
Mary in her Immaculate Conception was pure and transparent for God, without disorder or interior disturbance or restlessness. We, too, must learn to become pure, truthful and simple, without ulterior motivations or desires, full of discipline in body and In this way we will become tranquil and ready for the of the angel. On Holy Purity

6. FIDELITY
Mary was faithful unto the Cross, and hence became the Mother in the order of grace (Lumen Gentium), for all Christs members. In order for grace to bear for us, we must remain faithful and firm in the storms o through a strong faith and living hope. In this way the angel can mediate to us the most precious graces, which come to us through suffering. On Holy Fidelity

PASSIO DOMINI
On the first Holy Thursday, Our Lord went into the garden to pray, signaling the beginning of His divine Passion. He said, Father, if it be Thy will, take this c from Me: nevertheless, not My will, but Thine be done.
Then an angel appeared to Him coming down from heaven to give Him strength. Just as the angel from heaven strengthened and nourished Our Lord, the Eternal High Priest, we gather in the presence of the Eucharist to strengthen and spiritually nourish our priests, through the intercession of the Holy Angels Soul is sorrowful even unto death. Stay here and wait (St. Mark XIV-34) The Passion of Christ

CONSECRATIONS
The Consecration to the holy angels as a covenant corresponds to the Biblical theology of the covenant a sacred contract, a solemn promise, in which our many relations and obligations are stipulated and agreed upon.
The Consecration to the Holy Angels Theological Foundations for a Consecration to the Angels Consecrations in the Confraternity of the Holy Guardian Angels contact@opusangelorum.org