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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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From Sociological Christianity to an encounter with God

Pedro Luis García, Spain

June 24, 2013

A few years ago I started my degree course at the University of Navarre, Spain. I lived in Belagua University Hall of Residence. Both the University itself and Belagua are corporate works of Opus Dei. Up until that point I had practised a “sociological Christianity”. I went to Sunday Mass, but I had not the slightest understanding of the riches of the faith or the teachings of the Church. Little by little, during my time in Belagua, I discovered a new way of being a Christian. There I met people whose behaviour showed that they were fighting to follow Jesus Christ every day, and who passed their joy on to others. The way they lived up to what they believed in was an example to me. I started to realize, little by little, what I was missing: there was a God who was close to me, with whom I could share some parts of my life, and he had loved me and was still loving me, every day.

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I discovered a whole new world

Dulce Rosa Pérez, Costa Rica

June 17, 2013

Although I was baptized in the Catholic Church when I was eleven, I received very little religious education during my childhood and youth. However, my closeness to the faith intensified over time. To make that happen, God used different people that I met at different stages of my life.

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My journey to the Catholic Faith

Saida Wangeci, Kenya

May 20, 2013

As God’s plans are not human plans, I would like to reveal my journey to the Catholic Faith. My father was Muslim and my mother Catholic, they got married in the Catholic Church but my father preferred to continue his religion and made an agreement with my mother that she too would continue with her religion and the children would be Catholic. We are four in the family, and I am the youngest. The first three got baptized as babies and got through the rest of the sacraments as usual, as my dad had agreed, but after I was born my dad suddenly decided that they could wait for me to grow up and choose between being Catholic or Muslim. My mother was not really for the idea, but my father was firm, so she gave in. All the same my father would always allow me to go to church with my mother, though he preferred that I do not attend any doctrine classes until I was old enough to choose my religion.

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St. Josemaria in Korea

Hijung Shin, Korea

May 7, 2013

A friend gave me a copy of The Way when I was in college. That was the very first book I read by St. Josemaria. It touched me deeply, and I wanted to read more. I learned many things from St. Josemaria’s writings: how to talk to God, how to take care of little things, love for the Church… But most of all they made me very happy. I wanted to share it with as many people as possible, including my family and friends from my country, Korea.

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Rosalia Lopez Interview

Rosalia Lopez has lived in Rome since 1946, having moved there at St Josemaria’s invitation. Only a few months previously, she had decided to join Opus Dei...

April 13, 2013

While you are working, say loving things to him
Rosalia Lopez has lived in Rome since 1946, having moved there at St Josemaria’s invitation. Only a few months previously, she had decided to join Opus Dei, while she was working in the catering department or “administration” of the first students’ residence of Opus Dei in Bilbao. From 1946 until St Josemaria’s death on June 26, 1975, Rosalia worked in at the Opus Dei headquarters in Rome.

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