The Work of God- Opus Dei
Time is passing into eternity, and it’s happening every day.
The Church marks the passing of time with the liturgical year, which makes each day bear more significance than simply another cycle of 24 hours. With the proclamation of the Gospel at daily Mass, the mysteries of the life of Christ are made present to sanctify our very lives. Yet, the Church extends her claim over the temporal even further: “The Liturgy of the Hours … is the daily prayer of the Church, marking the hours of each day and sanctifying the day with prayer.” Monks had a different name for the Liturgy of the Hours: opus Dei, or work of God. It is one realization of St. Paul’s exhortation to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess 5:17) that still constitutes the hourly rhythm of the Church. In her wisdom, the Church provides a way for sanctifying every hour of one’s life, of allowing every minute of the day to be drawn up into the eternity of God through prayer.