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Father, I'm Jewish

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Published on Jan 15, 2011

In Chile, in 1974, in a gathering of hundreds of people, a Jewish girl asks the Founder of Opus Dei about the Catholic faith.
I'm Jewish, but I believe in the Catholic religion. And I would like... my most fervent wish is to convert to Catholicism, but I am a minor, and my parents won't let me.
Look, I am going to tell you something that will make you very happy.
I - and I learned this from this son of mine... I must tell you that the first love of my life is a Jew: Jesus, Jesus of Nazareth - a member of your race!
And the second love of my life is Mary most holy, Virgin and Mother, Mother of the Jewish man
Jesus, and my Mother and your Mother.
Do you like that? And then, I must tell you to be very good toward your parents, to be patient, to pray.
Don't make any gestures of rebellion. Is that clear?
Yes, Father.
And the Lord of Nazareth, Jesus the Jew, Jesus the King of all hearts and all wills, will move your parents to let you follow calmly and serenely the path that you already have hidden in your soul,
that "vita abscondita cum Christo in Deo" [life hidden with Christ in God, cf. Col. 3:3].
Isn't that right?
Love your parents a lot. OK?
Yes, Father.
And in the meantime, go on learning the teachings of Jesus Christ, and pray. Pray, my daughter. You already have your baptism of desire. Pray. And never a word of criticism against your parents.
Because this is very clear: you have to love them with all your soul and show it with deeds. OK?
Yes, Father.
You will be a good daughter of Christ, if you are a good daughter of your parents.
Thank you.

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