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What St. Josemaría's The Way means to me

JG, Shanghai, China.

April 10, 2014

On days that go poorly, I know God is using The Way to point me in the right direction to improve tomorrow.


St. Josemaría Escrivá's The Way has had a large positive impact on my life – so much so that I have made the book a part of my daily spiritual reading.

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St Josemaria gave me the certainty that God is a Father

The following is an interview with Maddalena Vintini from Verona, Italy. A lawyer, she and her husband Gianluca have three children. She has belonged to the Opus Dei Prelature for nearly 30 years. In 2011 she gave up her law work to become head-teacher at the Centro Scolastico Gavia.

March 20, 2014

The following is an interview with Maddalena Vintini from Verona, Italy. A lawyer, she and her husband Gianluca have three children. She has belonged to the Opus Dei Prelature for nearly 30 years. In 2011 she gave up her law work to become head-teacher at the Centro Scolastico Gavia.

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“The Way” showed me the way

Teresa, Korea.

March 11, 2014

I cannot remember if it was 7 or 8 years ago when I first read “The Way”, which was sent to me by the Catholic Digest, a Catholic monthly magazine edited by the same publishers that published “The Way” in Korean. I was captured by the book’s contents at once.

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By chance?

Cecilia Awano, Japan.

February 19, 2014

I am from South Korea, and have lived in Kyoto, Japan, since my marriage. I have three children. The oldest is Hikaru (Japanese for “light”), four years old; her Christian name is Anna Maria. Then comes Kaoru (“perfume”). He is two, and when he was baptized we gave him the Christian name of Josemaria. And five months ago our lovely little daughter Maria Teresa was born; her Japanese name is Michiru, “abundance”. Their names were not chosen at random. They are closely linked to my life, which has been, in appearance, a set of chance happenings. Or perhaps they did not happen by chance at all.

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The sorrows and joys of St Joseph

Palmira Laguens

January 29, 2014

In Torreciudad, a sanctuary of our Lady built in Spain under St Josemaria’s stimulation, there is an old track leading up to the original shrine.

Along the track fourteen tiled pictures have been set up, in pairs, showing “The Sorrows and Joys of St Joseph”. These represent the main moments in the life of St Joseph and the Holy Family. There is an old custom in the Church of preparing for the feast of St Joseph on March 19 by dedicating the seven previous Sundays to the memory of the main joys and sorrows of St Joseph’s life.

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A movie called “There be Dragons”

D. S., US

January 22, 2014

During and after high school, I didn’t actually have much faith in anything. My grandparents always invited my mother, brother, sisters, cousins, aunts and uncles over for a family night of dinner and every Friday.

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Doing everything for God

A. R., Finland.

December 4, 2013

I am Anna Riina, I am from Finland and I am 25. Now I am studying theology in Rome, on a History of the Church program at the University of the Holy Cross. I have been a Catholic for three and a half years. Now, as a Catholic I am very happy to be studying in Rome, in a Catholic environment and getting more formation, understanding the sacraments and my Faith better.

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Collection of Year of Faith testimonies

The Year of Faith ends on Sunday November 24, the feast of Christ the King. Over these months this website has published several testimonies from people who have discovered the joy of the Faith. Below is a list of them.

November 19, 2013

The Year of Faith ends on Sunday November 24, the feast of Christ the King. Over these months this website has published several testimonies from people who have discovered the joy of the Faith. Below is a list of them.

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On the 7th day of praying, my husband was called for an interview!

H. I. L., Macao

September 25, 2013

My husband had been working in the Human Resources Department of an international resort hotel for a number of years, but in June 2009, his contract was not renewed and although he has good working experience, he got only two to three interview opportunities after sending out numerous application letters to other hotels and comparable organizations. After more than nine months, he was still unemployed and was starting to feel very depressed.

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The story of an exercise-book

Dalia, Lithuania.

September 17, 2013

“How many ways are there to God?” “As many as there are people.” (Joseph Ratzinger, Salt of the Earth, San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1997, p. 32).

As a teenager I discovered St Josemaria’s message about holiness in the middle of the world. But years later, God made me see it still more clearly. I grew up in Alytus, a small town surrounded by forests and lakes, in the Dzukija region in south-west Lithuania. I have a sister and a twin brother. Ever since we were little my mother and grandmother have taken care to teach us the faith, and in spite of the difficulties they made sure we could get to Mass every Sunday. This meant a 3-kilometer walk to catch a bus for another 17 kilometers. It was in the Soviet era, when the regime persecuted believers, and publishing or reading religious books was forbidden. In spite of all that, some people risked their lives to keep the Faith alive. I remember friends of my mother coming to our house from time to time with spiritual books and prayer-books, printed clandestinely or copied out by hand. We kept them just long enough to read them.

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A new outlook on life

Mariam, Belgium

September 9, 2013

I was born in Irak and lived there till I was two, when we had to get out because of the war, and we went to live in Holland. I lived there till I was twenty, and then came to Belgium to study. I have two brothers. My mom was always a Catholic, my dad was a Muslim and was converted to Catholicism in 2004. When he was baptized my brothers and I were baptized too.

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God kept putting himself in my way until I was convinced

Francisco Rivas Buendia, Spain

August 13, 2013

On July 26, 2011, I was flying to Poland, changing flights in Amsterdam. I was half-asleep, listening to music. A man was sitting on my right and a girl on my left who was upset about a problem with her luggage. The man said “Wow, it’s hot!” and I nodded. He settled in, opened a newspaper and started commenting aloud on various items in it. He came to a review of There Be Dragons and asked me if I’d seen it. I took off my headphones and nodded, saying, “It’s good.” That was the start of a conversation that has lasted until today. That first encounter lasted just over four hours, until we got to Amsterdam. I found myself telling this man about my whole life, in a fair amount of detail. I told him where I grew up, that I was brought up a Catholic and why I had concerns about the Catholic faith. At that point I was separated from the Church and its teachings and all that my parents had taught me with so much love by their word and example.

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