Opus Dei: Decoding God’s Work

DVD Release: September 23, 2008
Opus Dei: Decoding God’s Work
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Synopsis

“Opus Dei: Decoding God’s Work” unveils the history and significance of St. Josemaría Escrivá and “The Work” God entrusted to him.

Dove Review

“Opus Dei” is an inspiring and compelling film! It tells the story of Josemaria Escriva, the man who began Opus Dei and made an impact on untold numbers of people. Despite Dan Brown’s work in “The Da Vinci Code” and his shadowy presentation of Opus Dei, this film clarifies that a humble man, of mercy and compassion, founded the organization, which has helped many people in the years since its inception.

In 1928, Josemaria Escriva believed God told him to mobilize Christians, and the 26-year-old priest followed this vision. Escriva emphasized that everyone was called to holiness. Although he is an ordinary farmer, Chris Blunt says that he believed Escriva’s vision the “first time I was told to be a saint.” Blunt says he learned that doing ordinary things and helping others was his mission in life. Author Dr. Michael Higgins says, in his experience, Opus Dei isn’t elitist at all, but is about the ordinary man doing ordinary things . He speaks of how important it is to “Find quiet time to speak with our Lord.” He says Josemaria Escriva was a man of fortitude. When asked about the “secretive” parts of the movement, author John Allen says, “The layman doesn’t need a placard.”

The film also features the history of Opus Dei, including its beginnings in America, in Chicago, in 1949. Other points of interest include various mistakes that author Dan Brown makes in his book, including wrong locations and hooded monks. One man mentions he does something uncomfortable, donating blood, for the good of others. This documentary offers a fascinating look at a remarkable man, Josemaria Escriva, and the beginnings of Opus Dei. As it concludes, the film states that one man, Dan Brown, wrote a book that made millions, and one man, Josemaria Escriva, gave himself to service. We are more than pleased to award this film our Faith Friendly Seal for ages 12+. For those craving more spiritual food, this documentary is a meal!

Content Description

Sex: The mention of promiscuity.
Language: None
Violence: Archive footage of cops using Billy clubs and people fleeing; buildings burning and the comment that Christians were murdered; soldiers seen with rifles; the mention of gang violence and girls being harassed; images of Christ on the cross.
Drugs: Smoking, the mention of drug use.
Nudity: Shirtless man in loin cloth.
Other: The mention of mortification and people hurting themselves, although some perceive it as a reminder of the consequences of sin; the mention of a whip and spiked chain.

Info

Company: Gateway Films / Vision Video
Producer: Gita Hosek
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 50 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter