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"Take a Chance on Happiness": reflections on marriage and parenting from St Josemaria Escriva

Programme contains practical reflections on marriage and parenting from St Josemaria Escriva and from British and Irish couples. "Take a chance on happiness" alternates images from the preaching of St Josemaría with testimonies of couples in England, Scotland and Ireland who talk about their challenges in [...]
Tags: Marriage, Upbringing, family, Ireland, UK
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Finding God while being a wife, a mother and a doctor

I was the eldest of six children. We grew up on the island of Gotland, Sweden, which has only one Catholic church, with 200 parishioners. My parents always tried to make sure we all got a good Catholic education and that we made friends with [...]
Tags: February 14 , Marriage, Vocation, Women, calling
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Emerging from the fog

I never imagined, while I was doing volleyball practice one afternoon in 1968, that my life was about to take a turn that I had been seeking for some time. That afternoon Maria joined our team. She was a university student from Sicily who was [...]
Tags: Faith, Marriage, Politics, calling
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Booklist about marriage and the family

A list of books, ranging from short booklets to long treatises, both theological and practical, on marriage and the family from the Christian perspective. Enormously helpful resources for married people, those preparing for marriage, and anyone involved in guidance and counselling. BENNETT, Art and Laraine: [...]
Tags: books, Marriage, family
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10 questions about marriage

St Josemaria answers ten questions about love, marriage, engagement, faithfulness, raising children, the main values in achieving a united family, what happens when a couple can’t have children… 1- What are the most important values in Christian marriage? 2- Father, what is your advice for a [...]
Tags: Children, Marriage, Love, family, engagement, Conversations with Msgr. Escrivá de Balaguer
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When love is strengthened

"My parents really loved each other," recalled St Josemaria, "and they suffered a lot, but they never failed to smile." In this article, Bishop Javier Echevarria talks about the love of married people in the teachings of St Josemaria. The family is a school of love, [...]
Tags: Javier Echevarria, Marriage, Love, family
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My parents really loved each other

St Josemaria recalled his parents' love: "They really loved each other, and they had to suffer a lot (...); and I always saw them smiling."
Tags: The Escriva family, Marriage, Love
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Marriage is a divine path

The publication of Pope Benedict XVI’s book-length interview The Light of the World has sparked a large number of incorrect explanations of the Catholic Church’s teaching on morals and marriage. Read the Note by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith On the Trivialization [...]
Tags: Doctrine, Marriage, Vocation, Pope Benedict XVI
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A fulltime mum

I am Roman Catholic, aged 29, married and a fulltime mum. We keep pigs, sheep, chickens and a dog in a small village near Leatherhead. I had known about Opus Dei for quite a long time before I was directly introduced by a friend and I [...]
Tags: Cooperators of Opus Dei, Family and work, Marriage, UK
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Novena for the family to St Josemaria

On Sunday, Pope Francis asked the pilgrims not to forget to pray in the upcoming days for the Synod on the Family. The Novena for the family to St Josemaria can help to follow the Pope's invitation and pray for all families around the world. Fr. Francisco [...]
Tags: Marriage, family, novena