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Favours obtained through Saint Josemaria's intercession

Loss

R. G., Costa Rica

July 12, 2016

A week ago I was buying some gates with their accessories at an ironmongers. I paid by credit card and had to show my identity card in the process. I went with a friend and we were in a hurry, so I packed up the accessories myself. The assistants loaded the gates for us and we set off. The next day I had to buy some other items with my card and this time I couldn’t find my identity card. The shop accepted my payment as it was for a small amount and I am a regular customer. I was extremely worried and prayed to St Josemaria and Our Lady to find it, with a little aspiration that people in this country often say – “Ojitos de la Virgen ponmela delante – Eyes of the Blessed Virgin, put it in front of me,” knowing St Josemaria’s great devotion for the Blessed Mother. I searched for my ID card at home, in my purse, in the car and in my friend’s car. I kept praying for it to appear, as it is essential for all sorts of transactions and other matters. In the end, a little discouraged because it was now a week since I lost the ID card, I went back to the ironmongers, and there it was! They gave it to me on the spot, and I give thanks to Saint Josemaria for this favor.

A peanut

N.N., Argentina

July 12, 2016

My sister’s two-year-old great-grandson swallowed a peanut which went down the wrong way and reached his lung. He was a week in the university hospital in the city in Germany where the family lives. They were unable to remove the peanut.

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I said prayer-cards non-stop and my daughter recovered.

C. M. H., Puerto Rico

July 5, 2016

My husband died some years ago. For all this time I have been father and mother to our three children, but especially our daughter, the youngest. She was now in the last year of her degree in medicine, and about to graduate.

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A simple, clear, powerful petition

J.M.L., Venezuela

July 5, 2016

There is a humble woman living in a small, picturesque village in the Andes in Venezuela, who, like so many women in those parts, has a little altar in her house with pictures of the saints to whom she has a devotion, including Saint Josemaria. Although she has never learned to read she knows the novena prayer by heart because she has had it read to her so often.

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Never give up hope

A. C. D., Brazil

July 5, 2016

One day last October I woke up having resolved to leave my job, even though I knew that Brazil is going through a difficult time and that many people are looking for work. But I was unhappy in the job I was doing, so I left it. That same day I began to pray the St Josemaria Novena that my cousin gave me. I had some interviews, always convinced that if I was not offered that particular job it was because something better was waiting for me. Now, beginning of May, I have got a job I could never even have dreamed of. The message I want to give is to put love into every activity, and like that it will always work out for the best. What matters is never to give up hope!

Renegotiating the contract

R.

June 10, 2016

Since 2008 I have worked full-time for a high tec company providing communications services, technical field services, communications networks etc. to other companies. My assigned client from 2008 onwards was a well-known international pharmaceutics firm. In 2013 this firm started a process to renegotiate their contract with my company. The process took about two years, and in the end, the pharmaceutics firm decided to end the contract with us and contract a different company, for economic reasons. There were two of us engineers assigned to this firm, and as soon as we heard the news we were seriously worried and contacted our area manager to ask what would happen to our jobs. He said he had heard about the termination of the contract, and suggested we should start looking for work as soon as possible. I told my mother what had happened. She is a practising Catholic with a lot of devotion to St. Josemaria Escriva, and she talked to me about him, showed me his books, and gave me a copy of the novena to St. Josemaria, asking me to pray it with great faith, as he had never let her down. I began praying the novena and finding out more about St. Josemaria’s life. I remember with great joy how, on a Saturday, when we don’t work, which was the eighth day of my novena, my wife and I were at home and I got a call from my line manager. She had just been told that our company had decided to make the other engineer redundant but I would be retained and assigned to other clients. As at the time of writing, I am still working for the same company, very happy and grateful for this opportunity to continue to serve.

To pay off a loan

E., Poland

June 10, 2016

I prayed insistently to St Josemaria to get a job so I could pay off a loan that I took out to support my daughter’s studies. I have now paid off most of the loan. I hope that St Josemaria will keep helping me till it is all paid off.

Searching for a permanent job

S., Singapore

May 30, 2016

After searching for a permanent job for 10 months, a friend recommended that I pray the Novena for employment to seek the intercessions of St. Josemaria and Our Blessed Mother. Within 2 weeks I was recommended to a good job which I did not even apply for. Thank you St. Josemaria and Mother Mary for your prayers and intercessions. Always have faith in the love of God.

Unemployed

M. A. C., Chile

May 30, 2016

I was unemployed. My father gave me a prayer-card of St Josemaria, saying this was a saint who specialized in problems like mine. To my surprise, the very next week I got an interview with a company and I am now working for them. I am really grateful to St Josemaria.

He is such a father!

K. A., Australia

May 19, 2016

My siblings and I wanted to send our mother back home to the Philippines to visit her dying friend. We had booked the flight and she was organising her passport. Due to unforseen circumstances her passport was not arriving and there was one more day left before we had to decide to cancel the flight. I knew how much this meant to her and to my siblings who had spent months and money organising this trip. I prayed a novena to St. Josemaria and told him- please for my sibling's and mum's sake make this passport arrive tomorrow morning. I asked friends to also pray to him for this intention. The next day at 9am the post office rang my mother to say it had arrived. He is such a father!

From the bottom of my heart

A. K., Kenya

May 9, 2016

Mine is a testimony and lesson learnt that I wish to share. My journey starts from a simple statement: I have had a habit of being a “control fanatic”. I left High school with an A- and was very proud of myself. I knew the world would flow into my very carefully strategized plans nothing could ruin where I was headed. My first hitch my dad fell slightly ill and was unable to pay for all my tuition. At this point in my life I had to look for a part-time job to supplement for my tuition. I had since been introduced to the Novena of St. Josemaría and this was the first time in my life that I actually felt I had lost control of it. Call it “immature youth” but it taught me my first big lesson. I knelt before God without losing hope and trying to keep the doctrine I had learnt from childhood (my parents are very staunch Catholics) for 7 days and my first miracle came: I found a part time job in the same university I was studying at. By now in 2006 I was slowly beginning to release my control grasp to God slowly learning how to trust in a higher being. I managed my new job and passed through University but still kept the Novena close at heart. Days turned into years and I grew stronger in the formation classes I went through while in campus. I later got my second job miraculously still through the same Novena in 2009. At this time St. Josemaría (our Father) was for lack of another word: my “Hero”. I could pray every day for God’s Grace to help me love Him daily through my daily work I still can’t explain where this strength came from.

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The baptism papers

A. M., U K

April 21, 2016

I found my friend a bit sad one day and asking her the reason of that she told me that a friend of hers was going to be received into the Catholic Church. For that she needed to apply for the baptism papers from her country. She got them but they got lost (not her fault). At that moment I told my friend to pray to saint Josemaria to find them and we started a novena together. For some reasons we didn't finish it we were missing two prayers. The next day we started the novena again and again we didn't finish missing two. I told my friend that this was the reason of not finding the papers.

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In God's grace

A. K., Kenya

April 5, 2016

Last year and also many times I ask St Josemaria to pray for me to get a job and I obtain my favor. His words encourage me and my family to live and work in God's Grace. Thank you St Josemaria for your good example in life and in prayer.

A job for my husband and one for me

I., Poland

April 5, 2016

I prayed for a job for my husband and for me because we had both been unemployed for some time. Now we have both got the jobs I prayed for. Thank you, Father!

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Competitive examination

V. O., Brazil

March 29, 2016

After studying for many years I passed a competitive public examination which meant that I was entitled to State employment. I had dreamed of this for so long! and my success came after praying to St. Josemaria to intercede for me, and making the Novena for Work. I feel fulfilled in my work and am better able to provide for my family. “Deo gratias!”

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