The Spiritual Family The Work (Familia Spiritualis Opus – FSO), a Family of consecrated Life of Pontifical Right, was founded by Mother Julia Verhaeghe in 1938.
This book by Fr Hermann Geissler FSO covers the period from 1950 to 2001.
When a person is given a particular task to accomplish in the Church, that person receives all the graces necessary for that mission.
The first question in the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church is: “Which plan has God for man?” The first part of the answer is: “God infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life.”
Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ and Seat of Wisdom,
open our hearts to receive your divine Son and make them like your heart, full of your own wise and generous love:
Sacred Heart of Jesus,
I come to you, aware of your merciful and infinitely benevolent love.
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
Several years before her death, Mother Julia expressed the wish that the following text should one day be written on her tombstone: "God's merciful and just love seeks you, watches over you, and waits for you. Go to Him in the Holy Eucharist."
In many places Holy Scripture tells of people who believed and who acted in faith. That is why God could work in their lives and act through them.
Jesus said to the Apostle Thomas: “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe” (Jn 20:29). Jesus wants us to live in this blessedness. He wants us to recognize with the eyes of faith that He is powerfully at work in our days.
The servant of God Anton Strle was born on the Feast of Saint Agnes on 21st January 1915 in a simple farming family.
Homily of Fr Thomas Felder FSO at the Perpetual Holy Covenant of Sr. Catherine FSO.
Sr. Mirjam has shared her vocation story to encourage young men and women to consider serving God in the priesthood or religious life. She said: 'The Lord needs your hands, your voice, your talents, to bring Him to others. Be generous and know that the Lord cannot be outdone in generosity.'
I felt the Lord’s call at the tomb of St Paul, while I was on pilgrimage in Rome with other young people. During Mass, I heard the Lord say in my heart
With this Christological focus in mind, we can more easily see the significance of the various topics that Paul treats in the rest of this letter.
Paul carefully explains the sort of wisdom that he has in mind: “When I came to you, brethren, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God in lofty words of wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
The length of the First Letter to the Corinthians (sixteen chapters) and the variety of topics that it covers make it desirable to know best how to approach it.
From this emphasis on the humility of Christ Paul draws the implication that Christians are to imitate him by their own practice of humility.
Mother Julia Verhaeghe and Blessed John Henry Newman. Mother Julia was filled with a tremendous love for the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She gave herself uncon¬ditionally to the Lord and wanted nothing else than to be his instrument.
In the Letter to the Philippians St. Paul's theme is Christ’s humility and our need to
imitate His humility.
4th Part: The Terms of the Covenant: Life, Morality, and Spirituality.
Just as the Mosaic covenant includes a set of stipulations, so too the final chapters of the letter to the Romans.
Julia was preparing for Holy Mass, reading the liturgical texts of the next day. That evening, she didn’t notice anything unusual, but the next morning during Mass she became so overwhelmed by a reading of St. Paul
3rd Part: The Christology of Romans
The middle section of this letter (chs. 5-11) provides a detailed account of Jesus Christ as the one who enacts the new and eternal covenant.
Mother Julia died on the morning of the 29th of August 1997 while the Community had gathered for Mass in the church of the monastery in Thalbach. She gave her life back to God. She stepped out of this time into the eternal present. In the life to come there is no past and no future any more, only the eternal present.
True bliss is a moment
An unforgettable experience in life,
It is a gift from the Eternal God.
Lord Jesus Christ,
through your holy suffering and death you have glorified the Father in heaven and redeemed the world.
It was 1929. Julia was working for the industrialist Adriaen De Clerck and his wife in Kortrijk, not far from Geluwe.
We cannot see the Holy Spirit with our eyes and we cannot recognize him with our reason. It is only through revelation that we know of his existence.
When St. Paul on his third missionary voyage reached Ephesus “he found some disciples and said to them: Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers? They answered: We have never even heard of the Holy Spirit”. (Acts 19:1-2).
2nd Part: Romans on the Need for a New Covenant
After a salutation to the Christians of Rome (1:1-7) and a prayer of thanksgiving for their faith (1:8-15), St. Paul devotes four chapters to the power of God to take up the desperate situation of humanity in general and of Israel in particular and to bring about salvation through the new covenant initiated by the sacrifice of Christ.
There is good reason to take the fourth covenant mentioned in the Old Testament, the one that God makes with Moses, as the paradigmatic case,
In the first half of the twentieth century, in Belgium, hundreds of thousands of young women had to go to work in order to contribute towards the support of their families.
The letter of St. Paul to the Romans uses the same basic structure found in his other letters. It features one important aspect of the mystery of Christ (chapters 5-11) and brings out its implications for Christian life, morality, and spirituality.
When Mother Julia was about twelve years old, she learned about the Eucharistic Crusade, a movement that arose during the Eucharistic Congress of 1914 in Lourdes and then spread to many countries, including Belgium.
We reflect today on the election and vocation of St Paul. Both the evangelist Luke, in his Acts of the Apostles, and St Paul in his letters write various times about the great event of his conversion
In the sacrament of Baptism we received an indelible character, invisible to the eye. Christ conferred his likeness on our souls imprinting his seal on us. For this reason the disciples of Jesus were soon called Christians
"I baptise you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit". When these words were pronounced at our Baptism and the baptismal water was poured over us, most of us were not yet able to think or to talk. We retain no remembrance of this wonderful gift; and yet that event was one of the most momentous in our life.
The great devotion of Mother Julia to St. Paul makes it important for those who would enter more deeply into the spirituality of the Spiritual Family The Work to study his letters.
In the joyous community of the Triune God, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, I send you my heartfelt greetings and best wishes. Your joy over the approval of your Spiritual Family moves you to give renewed witness to your solidarity with the Successor of Peter and your readiness to serve him.
Today in the great thanksgiving of the Holy Eucharist we include the special thanksgiving for the approbation of the Spiritual Family The Work as a community of pontifical right.
According to the Gospel of Luke, the miraculous catch of fish preceded the calling of Peter. This event at the Lake of Galilee gives us an answer to two questions. What does acting in faith mean? And what is the fruit of an act of faith?
In every age Jesus invites people to leave everything and to follow him (cf. Mt 19:21). This loving invitation is a completely undeserved gift. Jesus himself awakens in the hearts of those He calls the inner longing to belong solely to him and to live as He lived: chaste, poor and obedient.