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opus (s), opera (pl)
1. A creative work, especially a musical composition numbered to designate the order of a composer's works.
2. A piece of music written by a particular musician and given a number relating to the order in which it was published; for example, Opus 57, quartet.
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(Latin: work)
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Finis coronat opus. (Latin statement)
Translation: "The end crowns the work."

A reference to the completion of a major project in which someone rejoices in its final accomplishment.

magnum opus (s) (noun) (no plural)
An artist's, writer's, or composer's greatest individual work: Tom's last novel was his magnum opus and masterpiece!
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Magnus opus, nulli secundus, optimus cognito, ergo sum! (from Latin)

A Masterpiece, second to none, The best; Therefore, I am!

The grammatical structure is not correct: Magnus should be Magnum, secundus should be secundum and optimus should be optimum.

This was a hand-lettered sign in George E. Ohr's pottery shop (BILOLXI ART POTTERY) in Biloxi, Mississippi (1895-1905).

Ohr made pottery that featured rims that had been crumpled like the edges of a burlap bag and pitchers that seemed deliberately twisted and vases warped as if melted in the kiln.

The colors of his works exploded with color; vivid reds juxtaposed with gunmetal grays, olive greens splattered across bright oranges, and royal blues mottled on mustard yellows and he created fantastic shapes glazed with wild colors in his "Pot-Ohr-E".

Ohr once said, "I am the apostle of individuality, the brother of the human race, but I must be myself and I want every vase of mine to be itself."

In 1909, claiming he hadn't sold even one of his mud babies in more than 25 years, Ohr closed his shop.

Although he was just 52, he never threw another pot. When he inherited a comfortable sum after his parents died, he devoted the rest of his life to enhancing his reputation as a "looney".

Still confident that the time would come when his work would be recognized, Ohr died of throat cancer at the age of 60 in 1918. Now, the same pots scorned a century ago sell from $20,000 to $60,000 each. Today, Ohr is hailed as a "clay prophet" and "the Picasso of art pottery."

—Compiled from excerpts in "The Mad potter of Biloxi"
by Bruce Watson in the Smithsonian; February, 2004; pages 88-94.
Opus Dei
Work of God, a Roman Catholic lay order, particularly influential in Spain, also known as the “Societas Sacerdotalis Sanctae Crucis.” The order was founded in 1928 by a wealthy lawyer turned priest, José María Escrivá de Balaguer y Albás, who objected to the liberal atmosphere at the University of Madrid, Spain.

Historical background

Receiving increased support from the Vatican since the late 1970s, the organization has grown to more than 80,000 members in more than 80 countries. In 1950 the Vatican recognized it as a secular institute; in 1982 it was given the status of “personal prelature.” Its membership is now, therefore, considered a separate diocese with its own bishop.

Believing that a Catholic can lead a holy life without taking religious vows, lay members pledge to serve God in worldly vocations; roughly a third of the members live communally and celibately in Opus Dei centers. The movement seeks to promote traditional Catholic values and teaching and to oppose liberalism and immorality, and is noted for its emphasis on preaching to government officials, professionals, intellectuals, and business executives.

Opus Dei has been controversial among some Catholics because of its secretive nature, its emphasis on discipline, its conservatism and wealth, and its historical association with the Franco regime in Spain. This controversy became pronounced in 1992 when the Vatican, under John Paul II, beatified Escrivá; Escrivá was canonized in 2002.

Opus Dei is considered the most controversial group in the Catholic Church today!

The faithful of the prelature carry out their individual task of evangelization in the various sectors of society in which they live and work. Their apostolic work is not limited to specific fields such as education, care for the sick, or other forms of direct social aid. The prelature seeks to remind people that all Christians, whatever their background or situation, must cooperate in solving the problems of society in a Christian way, and bear constant witness to their faith.

To its members it is nothing less than The Work of God, the inspiration of Blessed Josemaría Escrivá, who advanced the work of Christ by promoting the sanctity of everyday life. To its critics it is a powerful, even dangerous, cult-like organization that uses secrecy and manipulation to advance its agenda. At the same time, many Catholics admit knowing little about this influential group. Moreover, because of the dichotomy of views on the group, and perhaps because of its influence in Vatican circles, it is difficult to find balanced reporting on Opus Dei.

Does Opus Dei advocate "corporal mortification" or "self-punishment"?

In modern times, mortification is associated with some Catholic and Eastern Orthodox monks, but Opus Dei advocates it for lay members in everyday life. An Opus Dei priest in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), The Rev. Michael Giesler, describes two methods of mortification: 1. The cilice, a sharp chain worn around the leg. 2. The "discipline" or flagellum, a small whip of knotted cords applied to one's back.

Opus opificem probat.
The work proves the crafts person.

This maxim applies to anything which people accomplish in any field that counts, not just the glorified appellation we claim for our profession.

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parvum (small) opus (work)
Small work as opposed to magnum (big, great) opus (work).
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si opus sit; si op. sit.
If it be necessary.

Used sometimes when writing a medical prescription.

This entry is located in the following unit: oper-, opus (page 3)
Vino vendibili hedera non opus est.
A popular wine needs no ivy.

A good product needs no special advertising. The ivy was sacred to Bacchus, and its bush was displayed as a sign outside Roman taverns. Bacchus was an ancient Greek and Roman god of wine and revelry. Earlier Greeks called him Dionysus.

This entry is located in the following units: Latin Proverbs, Mottoes, Phrases, and Words: Group V (page 4) vino-, vin-, vini- (page 2)
Viris fortibus non opus est moenibus.
To brave men, walls are unnecessary.

Agesilaus the Great, King of Sparta (c. 375 B.C.), was quoted as saying, "These are the Spartan walls" as he pointed to the citizens in full armor when someone wanted to know why Sparta was without walls.