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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 [...]
Tags: Faith, Fortitude, Children, Maturity, Marriage, Optimism, Love, family, difficulties

Pope to recovering addicts: Take control of your life. It's difficult, but possible. The Church is with you

(Romereports.com)Pope Francis visited a Brazilian hospital that helps recovering drug addicts in the city of Rio. After greeting the crowds outside the St. Francis of Assisi hospital, the Pope gave a speech where he denounced drug-trafficking and the so called 'dealers of death.' He [...]
Tags: Justice, difficulties, WYD, Pope Francis

The Cross is no easy solution

Faced with the weight of all this, a Christian can find only one genuine answer, a definitive answer: Christ on the cross, a God who suffers and dies, a God who gives us his heart opened by a lance for the love of us all. [...]
Tags: Cross, Suffering, Holy Week , difficulties

Hard times

Sickness, family problems, money worries, annoyances, lasting sadness. Hard times are something everyone has experience of. Can they be sanctified? In Christian life are they an opportunity or an obstacle? Appreciate the good times Most of you here are young. You are passing through that splendid period [...]
Tags: Cross, Peace, difficulties

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

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 [...]
Tags: Cross, Suffering, Sickness, Children, difficulties

A secret for times of crisis

A secret, an open secret: these world crises are crises of saints. God wants a handful of men 'of his own' in every human activity. And then... 'pax Christi in regno Christi — the peace of Christ in the kingdom of Christ'. The Way, 301 What is needed [...]
Tags: Optimism, Holiness, difficulties

Life becomes simpler when we pray

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 [...]
Tags: Baptism, Prayer, difficulties

Two new books in English about St Josemaria

Two very different books have just appeared in English about Opus Dei founder St Josemaria. One is the second volume in a series by William Keenan entitled ‘St Josemaria Escriva and the Origins of Opus Dei’. The other is a translation of the vivid biographical [...]
Tags: Spanish Civil War, books, Opus Dei, Character, difficulties

Life's difficulties

Asked how to face up to life’s difficulties and not turn to alcohol for escape, St Josemaria recommended turning to God, “an all-powerful Father”.
Tags: Joy, cheerfulness, Divine sonship, difficulties

Overcoming the difficulties

For a son of God each day should be an opportunity for renewal, knowing for sure that with the help of grace he will reach the end of the road, which is Love. That is why if you begin and begin again, you are doing [...]
Tags: Abandonment to God, defects, Divine sonship, Ascetical struggle, Optimism, Supernatural outlook, difficulties