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Maria wrote:

Hi, guys —

Someone asked me if I wanted to be part of Opus Dei. I was confused at first and asked my mom about it since I was not comfortable with the idea. She told me they asked just for the sake of it. I got scared at the proposition because I felt it was something I was being pushed to do.

  • They always asked
  • It was always a conversation theme, and
  • everything felt wrong.

  • But at the same time it created doubt in my head, should I do it?
  • And . . . is it right?

I prayed a lot and asked about it but my heart was not into it and still isn't. I have a boyfriend whom I've been with for the past 5 years and, even though he is not a Catholic, he is Protestant Christian. We are both trying to search for God together but I am scared.

  • What if I'm not supposed to be with him?
  • What if I lose my place in Heaven?

I love him and he loves me and we want to start our lives together. In my heart I know that he was sent like a gift to me. I prayed for someone like him and asked our holy mother for someone whom I could spend my life with and he came along.

Pray for me and share your opinion of Opus Dei with me.

Maria

  { Should I join Opus Dei and should I get involved with a Protestant Christian? }

Mike replied:

Dear Maria,

There are two issues in your question.

You said:
Someone asked me if I wanted to be part of Opus Dei. I was confused at first and asked my mom about it since I was not comfortable with the idea. She told me they asked just for the sake of it. I got scared at the proposition because I felt it was something I was being pushed to do.

  • They always asked
  • It was always a conversation theme, and
  • everything felt wrong.

  • But at the same time it created doubt in my head, should I do it?
  • And . . . is it right?

I prayed a lot and asked about it but my heart was not into it and still isn't.

Whether one is called to a religious or lay vocation, the individual has to discern what spirituality is best for them. No matter what spiritually-modeled life of Jesus, one chooses, as long as the spirituality is faithful to Church teachings and the Magisterium, you will have no problem.

My commentary and the following Catholic Culture review may be help:

From Catholic Culture (a great web site that evaluates, "how truly Catholic a web site is.")

You said:
I have a boyfriend whom I've been with for the past 5 years and, even though he is not a Catholic, he is Protestant Christian. We are both trying to search for God together but I am scared.

  • What if I'm not supposed to be with him?
  • What if I lose my place in Heaven?

I love him and he loves me and we want to start our lives together. In my heart I know that he was sent like a gift to me. I prayed for someone like him and asked our holy mother for someone whom I could spend my life with and he came along.

We have answered many questions from visitors in similar situations. I found these postings in our database that may help:

Make sure you search our database in case I missed anything that maybe helpful in answering your question.

Mike

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