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Joan Levy Earle is an author and artist, who works as Associate Editor of the Canadian Messenger of the Sacred Heart magazine in Toronto. She writes about how the writings of St. Josemaria have helped her in her daily life.

July 19, 2012

All of my life I had never pursued financial success; whether it was during my years teaching young girls dance and baton twirling, spending time painting or freelance writing. Making money was never my main motivation during my creative pursuits; I was simply answering the call of my soul.

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An anti-crisis priest

Antonio Cobo, diocesan priest of Almeria, Spain

Almería, July 9, 2012

June 26 is the feast of St Josemaria Escriva, an anti-crisis priest. When I talk to children, and adults, about the saints whose pictures and statues adorn the walls of my church, I try to focus on one outstanding feature in each of them. Blessed Diego Ventaja, Martyr, forgave the people who executed him; Blessed Teresa of Calcutta served lepers and Aids sufferers with love and affection; Blessed John Paul II loved everyone so much that he even went to the prison cell of the man who had shot him, and gave him a hug. And when I get to the picture of St Josemaria Escriva, I try to think of something spectacular, and what I always end up with is that he lived out every moment and circumstance of his ordinary life as a “plain priest” with the newness of spirit that came from being totally in love with God, and loving everyone he met, and that he wanted to turn everything he did, however small, into something holy, for God.

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Shout for Freedom!

Msgr. Mariano Fazio is Opus Dei vicar in Argentina

Argentina, June 22, 2012

Below are some paragraphs from an article by Msgr. Mariano Fazio published in the newspaper El Liberal in Santiago de Estero, Argentina. Taking up some things that St Josemaria said, Msgr. Fazio encourages Christians to treasure freedom and to find ways of inspiring others in these turbulent times.

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Janitor in Buenos Aires

P. M. C., Buenos Aires, Argentina

May 30, 2012

What I’m going to write about began six years ago. I used to walk to work – it was just 300 meters from home. I went past the same buildings every day, saying “Good morning” or “Good evening” to the janitors working at the entrances of the apartment buildings. There was one who never responded. I felt like not greeting him again, but I thought that in my place St Josemaria would continue saying hello until he won him over. I opted for leaving him my usual greeting together with a silent prayer, every time I passed his building.

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A book I’ll never forget

Esther, 86, wrote about "The Way", by Josemaria Escriva

April 27, 2012

In Life and Living, a magazine for the elderly, readers wrote describing “the book I’ll never forget”. Esther, 86, wrote about The Way by Josemaria Escriva (Scepter).

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Bohemian but not slapdash

Miguel Aranguren is a novelist and father of four. “I learned from St Josemaria that in a bohemian job like mine there is no room for half-finished work.”

December 12, 2011

I am an author, novelist, op-ed writer, and married with four children. I have a wonderful job: telling stories. I had the great good fortune to be born into a Christian family which was imbued quite naturally with St Josemaria’s teachings. I say “quite naturally” because the message about holiness in ordinary life was something my parents didn’t just talk about: they practiced it and taught it with their lives.

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Living with an angel on earth. His burden is not heavy

I’m Isabel Merino. I’ve been in Opus Dei for 25 years. I’m married with four children.

December 6, 2011

Our youngest son, Inigo, was born on April 13, 2008. There were complications with the pregnancy, and I was hospitalized in the high-risk unit. One of the ultrasound scans showed that our baby had severe heart problems. We knew there was a 50-50 chance he would be born with some syndrome.

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Inside the library

Sophie Mégevand, Fribourg, Switzerland.

October 21, 2011

The world of libraries: a network of human relations in which God has his place
When I say I am a librarian, people often say, “Lucky you, you must read lots of books!” It’s true that a large number of books passes through my hands, but I only have time to skim through them. That is part of my job, so that I can catalogue them correctly and pick out key-words to describe their content.

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Life becomes simpler when we pray

Zhonghua, chinese student in Germany

September 16, 2011

Zhonghua Wang is from Beijing and studies in Germany. She tells how she comes to be baptized by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome, during the Easter Vigil, 2011..

I am Zhonghua Wang from Beijing, China. I’m currently studying in Germany. I met the Catholic faith through my best friend. After that encounter, especially after finding the Catholic faith and Opus Dei, my life changed drastically.

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How to become holy in everyday things

Wei Zhang is Chinese, and is studying in Germany

August 18, 2011

Wei Zhang talks about how St Josemaria’s message is a path for many people to find God while living in society, by trying to be better every day.

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From Warsaw to New Jersey, with St Josemaria’s teachings

Sarah Nasiek, a pediatrician in a federally funded clinic and in three schools, is a cooperator of Opus Dei. She recalls how Saint Josemaria’s teachings helped her to find God in her ordinary life.

New Jersey, US, May 22, 2011

I met Opus Dei while I was studying medicine in Warsaw, Poland, around twenty years ago. Opus Dei had just started its activities and someone in the Work met my Grandmother who was a professor at the Warsaw Veterinary University.

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Roland Joffe, film director

“This story forced me to think as much as I ever have in my life.”

March 25, 2011

The director of There Be Dragons introduced his film in Rome on March 21*, comparing St Josemaria to President Mandela in their shared love for freedom and forgiveness. The director admitted, “This story forced me to think as much as I ever have in my life.”

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