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St. Josemaria Taught Me How to Work with Love

On June 26th, 1975, Ana Lorente happened to be in Opus Dei's central headquarters and on that day, she took a series of final photos of St. Josemaria, for posterity's sake.

June 25, 2015

In 1965, Ana Lorente came to Rome to work, at St. Josemaria's request. A nurse by profession, she also specializes in photography. For 10 years she took photos of various activities, encounters and large get-togethers that St. Josemaria had during that time. On June 26th, 1975, she happened to be in Opus Dei's central headquarters and on that day, she took a series of final photos of St. Josemaria, for posterity's sake.

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"Never Stop Working on Making Your Marriage Better"

Emily Marcucci, a Harvard grad from Massachusetts, has been married for 15 years and is mother to 8 children. "I would tell newly married couples to never stop working on making your marriage better and stronger with each passing day… It should be a daily concern to find ways to give yourself generously to your spouse."

June 25, 2015

Emily Marcucci, a Harvard grad from Massachusetts, has been married for 15 years and is mother to 8 children. "I would tell newly married couples to never stop working on making your marriage better and stronger with each passing day… It should be a daily concern to find ways to give yourself generously to your spouse."

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Our Family isn’t a Fairy-Tale, it’s for Real

Patricia comes from Costa Rica, but she has been living in Germany for 25 years with her husband and her six children: "At about age 14, a friend advised me, 'Entrust yourself to St Raphael the Archangel, and pray that he does honour to his feast-day by getting you a good husband.'"
This was the begining of her story.

June 1, 2015

At about age 14 a friend advised me, “Entrust yourself to St Raphael the Archangel, and pray that he does honour to his feast-day by getting you a good husband.” This was in the time when the feast of St Raphael was celebrated on October 24, which is also my birthday. I had no idea how far-reaching this piece of advice would prove, nor how powerfully St Raphael was going to shine out.

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A very special kind of family vacation

Lucy and her family are Mexican. For the past 15 years, they have spent every Holy Week participating in a Family Rural Project. They have discovered that vacations are primarily family activities and therefore an ideal opportunity to grow together as a family, or in other words, that after their vacations they should each be a slightly better person.

May 11, 2015

“The family is the wellspring of all fraternity, and as such it is the foundation and the first pathway to peace, since, by its vocation, it is meant to spread its love to the world around it” (Pope Francis, Message for the 47th World Day of Peace, 1 January 2014).

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St. Josemaria helps me as a seminarian

C.O., Kenya

March 20, 2015

I am a seminarian in third year theology, in the seventh year of priestly formation. The basic idea about the seminary revolves round prayer life, intense study and hard work. For a long time as a seminarian I used to wonder how to reconcile Prayer life (life of holiness) and intense study.

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Citizens who value love

Vittorio Gervasi, Rome, Italy

March 18, 2015

Marriage is such an important step that it requires careful preparation, following the sort of advice Saint Josemaria gave to young people setting out on this path.

It is an adventure and a beautiful one, even today. Nowadays anyone thinking of getting married is assailed by a thousand doubts. “Is it real love? Will it last for ever? How can I be sure? What if things get difficult? Why do so many marriages break down?” The adventure is still a beautiful one, because it’s all about discovering genuine love. The sort of advice which Saint Josemaria used to give young men was, “When you are thinking about getting engaged, think that she could be the mother of your children,” and, in consequence, “always look at her as someone who deserves absolute respect” (cf. Conversations, 105 and 121).

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St Josemaria’s favorite virtue? Sincerity.

Pippo Corigliano was in charge of the Opus Dei information office for Italy in Rome. In this article he talks about some of his memories of the Founder of Opus Dei, as the 40th anniversary of St Josemaria’s death approaches.

March 10, 2015

Pippo (short for Giuseppe) Corigliano is from Naples, Italy, where he did a degree in engineering. In the 1970s he moved to Milan, Italy, and started to work in the media. From 1980 to 2011 he was in charge of the Opus Dei information office for Italy in Rome. He has published several works of spirituality. In this article he talks about some of his memories of the Founder of Opus Dei, as the 40th anniversary of St Josemaria’s death approaches.

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The O'Bar Family: Happiness Amid Suffering

Vince first heard about the spirituality of St. Josemaria when a friend from the gym invited him to an Opus Dei evening of recollection. It was there, he first met other men who were trying to live their faith. That night, a priest give an inspirational talk that really stuck with him.

March 2, 2015

"You gotta have barbecue in Texas," proclaims Houston native Vince O'Bar, as he deftly arranges hamburgers over a hot fire in his backyard. He is a man who enjoys fishing with his sons, playing basketball with the guys, and drinking a cold beer on a hot afternoon. A hardworking salesman, he appreciates simplicity and straightforwardness. That is exactly what attracted him to the spirituality of St. Josemaria: "It's so simple: you can sanctify your ordinary work."

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Fathers, Talk to Us!

"My marriage and experience as a father has strengthened me and made me better at what I do in my job. I know too many people who define themselves by their 'career'. I used to also. Now, I am defined by my true vocation as husband and father… and I have a job too." - Daniel Plazek, sales engineer from Pittsburgh and father of 7 children.

February 18, 2015

Daniel Plazek is a sales engineer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He and his wife Luisa have 7 children, ranging from ages 12 to 26. In the following interview, Daniel shares his perspective on marriage, fatherhood, and also offers some practical advice for young parents.

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Seeing the people behind the papers

Filomena, an Italian lawyer, learned about the spirit of Opus Dei through a friend: "It was the consistency and unity of her daily work and daily life that fascinated me".

February 12, 2015

In my daily work as a family lawyer I come face to face with all sorts of different family situations. When I have to prepare documents for the family tribunal, I am greatly consoled by St Josemaria’s teaching about seeing the people behind the papers that I have in my hands. Like that I place my clients in God’s hands.

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My First Meeting with St Josemaria

Fr Ferdinando Rancan is the first diocesan Opus Dei priest in Italy. In this interview he describes his first meeting with St Josemaria in Rome in 1959. “During the hour I spent with the Father, I lost track of time. I was plunged into a world of marvels that belonged to this world but spoke the language of another dimension – God’s world!”

January 7, 2015

Fr Ferdinando Rancan is the first diocesan Opus Dei priest in Italy. In this interview he describes his first meeting with St Josemaria in Rome in 1959. “During the hour I spent with the Father, I lost track of time. I was plunged into a world of marvels that belonged to this world but spoke the language of another dimension – God’s world!”

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The Story of Maria-Jose Milagro

Yanet Maria,Canete (Peru)

December 22, 2014

My name is Yanet Maria and I live in Canete, Peru. In February 2012, I began having pains in the abdomen which were so severe that I couldn’t sleep. I went to hospital and the doctor sent me for some X-rays. When he saw the result he said I had an inflammation and gave me a prescription. Time went by but the pain continued. I decided to go to a private hospital for more tests. A pregnancy test was negative. The next day as the pain persisted I went to the gynecology section of the hospital where they did some more thorough tests and an ultrasound scan. They told me I was three months pregnant. When I told the doctor I had had some X-rays he said that it would affect my baby, who might be born with disabilities.

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