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Week of December 22, 2008
Create a base of durable joy
Opus Dei vicar describes how to find permajoy
BY DEBORAH GYAPONG
'Everyone has the right to crave joy.'
- Msgr. Fred Dolan | Opus Dei vicar
Opus Dei founder St. Josemaria Escriva used a couple of Latin phrases that Dolan said he found helpful in building permajoy in his life.
The first is Alma, calma! which Dolan translated as “with soul and with calmness.” This means living a life full of soul, or gusto, passion and courage, but at the same time, living with serenity, he said.
“It is possible to be effective at work and producing around you an atmosphere of serenity.”
Those words remind him that he can carry out his work with serenity and find a way to “transmit that peace of life to those around me,” Dolan said.
The second helpful phrase is Per servire, servire; or “to serve, serve.”
“Unless I serve others I am of no use to them,” Dolan said. “To lead means to serve by discovering and developing the talents of others.”
“How can I be useful and have a chance to create an atmosphere of joy?” he asked.
Dolan spoke about his father who lives in Bethesda, Md., and who has been “wildly oriented to service” all his life.
When he visited 10 years ago when Dolan first came to Canada, he insisted they go to Canadian Tire so he could fill up his trunk with emergency gear in case of a blizzard.
After he had put the batteries in the new flashlight and “tested the crampons,” he noticed his son scratching his leg.
Dolan’s father asked him what was wrong.
Then he insisted they jump back in the car and go to a pharmacy, where he bought two industrial size bottles of Keri lotion, he said.
“It goes way back,” Dolan said. “The game begins; he is trying to find something I need.”
“Everyone has the right to crave joy,” he said.
“It’s the whole name of the game.”
He challenged those present to build up a “deep layer of joy so nothing can dislodge it.”
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