On Saint Josemaria's feast day, Masses are celebrated all over the world... the desert included. In a country that is officially Muslim, populated by over a hundred nationalities, the saint of ordinary life inspires many to keep the fire of their faith alive.
In addition to wars and the refugee crisis, a third element characterizing the migration to the Gulf countries in recent years has been job opportunities. Many foreigners - and in the case of Dubai, more than 70% - have settled there in search of new professional horizons.
Dubai is just one of the seven United Arab Emirates. It’s a place where more than 70% of the population is made up of foreigners. They come from Asia, Europe and America and, affected by the economic crisis in different ways, have abandoned their country to look for new work opportunities. A Muslim country where practicing the Christian faith is a challenge that Christians have been facing for centuries.
Who are they? St. Augustine says: “‘Angel’ is the name of their office, not of their nature. If you seek the name of their nature, it is ‘spirit’; if you seek the name of their office, it is ‘angel’“ (Enarr. in Ps., 103, 1, 15). With their whole beings the angels are servants and messengers of God. Because they “always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven” they are the “mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word” (Ps 103:20).
For the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Cultural Center Harmica, an Opus Dei center in Zagreb, Croatia, a conference was organized on the topic “The Family in the Teaching of Saint Josemaria”.
St Josemaría Conference is a half-day event marking 50 years that the message of St Josemaría has been lived in Australia.