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Joy, Sorrow, Hope

“Do you know why the Work has developed so much? Because it’s been treated like a sack of wheat; it’s been beaten and battered about. But the seeds are so small that they haven’t broken. On the contrary, they’ve been scattered to the four winds...” From [...]
Tags: Cross, Marriage, Opus Dei, Our Lady, Consecrations of Opus Dei
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A Christian Family

St Josemaria recalled gratefully how his parents introduced him step by step to the Christian way of life. Little Josemaría was only two years old when he got sick, so seriously sick that the doctor expected him to die. Around him, the Escrivá household fell [...]
Tags: Barbastro, Suffering, Education, The Escriva family, Marriage
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I am my children’s ‘window’ into the world

Yi-yun, my third child, was born on January 6, the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. We just couldn’t take our eyes off her; her sisters especially were filled with wonder as they looked at her. One day, when she was four months old, we [...]
Tags: Sickness, Children, Marriage
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I’m a husband and a father. I have a vocation, too

Joe Keefler plays soccer to win. Not because he is especially good at it or because he is paid to do so, but because that’s how he lives his life: by throwing all his effort into his activities to offer them to God. Joe is [...]
Tags: Marriage, Vocation, supernumerary
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There is no room for sadness

Interviewer: Josemaria Escriva was a happy man. It is enough to see the film clips where he is willing to offer a smile and some words of encouragement to those present. But what is the secret of his constant good humor? Pierluigi Bartolomei: Opus Dei [...]
Tags: Children, Marriage, Ordinary life
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Citizens who value love

Marriage is such an important step that it requires careful preparation, following the sort of advice Saint Josemaria gave to young people setting out on this path. It is an adventure and a beautiful one, even today. Nowadays anyone thinking of getting married is assailed by [...]
Tags: Youth, Marriage, Love, engagement
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My home-making is a real full-time job

I have been happily married for 17 years and we have ten children aged between 16 and 2 years old. My main professional work during these 17 years has been my home and bringing up my children. In a country like Australia, where there is [...]
Tags: Children, Marriage, Upbringing
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Always go forward

From Josemaria’s teachings I have learned the love of happiness, the importance of a job well done and things about the salvation of my soul. All of this has helped me to work more and to be united to my husband. As a result, I [...]
Tags: Marriage, Work
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Father, what advice do you have for a newly-married couple?

In July 1974, I was lucky enough to meet Msgr Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer in the Colegio Tabancura in Chile. I asked him a question which has had a profound effect on my life. I said, “Father, what advice do you have for a newly-married [...]
Tags: Children, Marriage
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I discovered the “Adventure of the Family”

I met the Work in 1981 through Julia, who was then my fiancée. Up until then I had a purely naturalistic concept of what a family was. It had never crossed my mind that I could form one – I couldn’t square the idea of [...]
Tags: Children, Marriage, family