HomeTestimonies
Testimonies

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."

[Read more...]

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.

[Read more...]

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.

[Read more...]

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!”

[Read more...]

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.

[Read more...]

Sophie's testimony

Video. A simple and clear example of marriage and family. Sophie, 41, is married with four children and lives in France. In this video-clip she talks about her family. "Cedric and I were married in 1997. Eight months after our wedding he had a bicycle accident. He was in hospital for a long time, and spent several months in a coma. He only came out of it very slowly. St Josemaria often talked about how small we are in the face of all this: we can’t understand everything. But when we are humble, when we recognize our weakness, God really can take a hand and help us. God’s grace is powerful!"

October 29, 2014

Video. A simple and clear example of marriage and family. Sophie, 41, is married with four children and lives in France. In this video-clip she talks about her family.


[Read more...]

Thanks to St. Josemaria for bringing me to the catholic faith

WL, Macau

October 22, 2014

Through knowing the Catholic Faith I decided to become a Catholic.

Meeting Christ and Learning the Catholic faith

My first encounter with Christ was when I was studying in a Christian primary school in Macau. I joined some Christian spiritual activities because of some difficulties, disappointments, and a feeling of being lost in life. By believing in Christ, I gathered enough courage and perseverance to move ahead daily.

[Read more...]

A great discovery!

Video. "My name is Kyamummi Irene. I am a Ugandan.I'm a medical doctor by profession, I come for a family of 8 children, and my family is Protestant. I got to know about the Catholic Church when I was in the university, through a friend of mine -a very good friend of mine- who knew that I was searching for the truth and helped me, helped me find it."

September 12, 2014

Video. "My name is Kyamummi Irene. I am a Ugandan.I'm a medical doctor by profession, I come for a family of 8 children, and my family is Protestant.

[Read more...]

Sofia, Mexico

Sofia, 27, is from Monterrey, Mexico. She works as a lawyer, wife and mother.

June 30, 2014

Sofia, 27, is from Monterrey, Mexico. She works as a lawyer, wife and mother.

What is the meaning of life for you?
It’s a time God gives us to be happy, do his Will and follow the path that will take us to Heaven at the end of it.

[Read more...]

Chinasa, Nigeria

Chinasa is currently living with her husband and two lovely children in Lagos, Nigeria. She is a Cooperator of Opus Dei and she works in a Bank as the Head of the Team of Banking Assistants.

June 30, 2014

Chinasa is currently living with her husband and two lovely children in Lagos, Nigeria. She is a Cooperator of Opus Dei and she works in a Bank as the Head of the Team of Banking Assistants.

[Read more...]

Py, Taiwan

Py, 25, lives in Taipei, Taiwan. She works as a financial operator. “Life is about learning how to love.”

June 30, 2014

Py, 25, lives in Taipei, Taiwan. She works as a financial operator. “Life is about learning how to love.”

What is the meaning of life for you?
Life is about learning how to love.

[Read more...]

Thomas, USA

Thomas, 21, lives in Tampa, Florida. He is studying history and literature at Harvard and this year is working for a Real Estate firm. “God keeps me grounded.”

June 30, 2014

Thomas, 21, lives in Tampa, Florida. He is studying history and literature at Harvard and this year is working for a Real Estate firm. “God keeps me grounded.”


What is the meaning of life for you?

[Read more...]