Bishop Javier Echevarría speaking to some 1,000 people at the Raffles City Convention Centre on May 17.

You can be saints in your ordinary lives just by doing God’s will daily.

This was a message that Bishop Javier Echevarría, head of the worldwide Opus Dei organisation, told about 1,000 people gathered at the Raffles City Convention Centre on May 17.

Bishop Javier, who was on a three-day visit, told the 1,000 people present – Catholics and non-Catholics from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Hong Kong – never to be indifferent when they encounter people in need of help.

He asked them to imitate Opus Dei founder, St Josemaría Escrivá, in having a large heart capable of loving people of every nation.

Bishop Javier said that the life of a Christian was not simply one of joy. God also blesses Christians with pain and sorrow, but always gives them the graces to recover the joy that is lost.

The Opus Dei prelate reminded his listeners of the core message of Opus Dei: that they can be saints in their ordinary lives. “Do not go looking for extraordinary adventures. This is the great adventure: to do God’s will in your daily lives,” he said.

During his recent trip here, Bishop Javier also visited Archbishop William Goh, apostolic nuncio Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, and Bishop Paul Tan of Melaka-Johor.

Bishop Javier’s last visit to Singapore was in 2008.