From Sociological Christianity to an encounter with God
Pedro Luis García, Spain
June 24, 2013
I remember with nostalgia those months in Belagua, during the all-night vigils before the Blessed Sacrament. It was the only time I spent in silence before the Eucharist. However, those first Fridays of the month (which was when we had the vigils before the Blessed Sacrament) were a strengthening experience when I could feel, could sense, the encouragement coming to me from God, who was close to me every day to give me fortitude, peace and joy.
Improving every day
From those first days onwards, my Christian life has grown steadily. One of the teachings of St Josemaria is having a spirit of trying to improve constantly, of fighting to improve in something every day, of not resting content with what we have achieved so far, but concerning ourselves more and more with God and other people. “More should be asked of you, because you can give more and you should give more. Think about it” (Furrow, 13), said the Founder of Opus Dei in one of the points in Furrow, which, together with The Way, was a book that made a deep impression on me and helped me in my first periods of prayer during those vigils before the Blessed Sacrament.
St Josemaria’s teachings and example also impelled me to practise more deeply the indispensable heart of our faith, the New Commandment that Jesus Christ gave us: “Love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 13:34). This is no abstract commandment but is expressed in little details every day, in ordinary things, in serving God and other people in our normal occupations. St Josemaria expressed this concisely, attractively and strikingly: “I assure you, my sons and daughters, that when a Christian carries out with love the most insignificant everyday action, that action overflows with the transcendence of God” (Conversations with Msgr. Escriva de Balaguer, 116).
List of Contents
- A movie called “There be Dragons”
- Doing everything for God
- Collection of Year of Faith testimonies
- On the 7th day of praying, my husband was called for an interview!
- The story of an exercise-book
- A new outlook on life
- God kept putting himself in my way until I was convinced
- From Sociological Christianity to an encounter with God
- I discovered a whole new world
- My journey to the Catholic Faith
- St. Josemaria in Korea
- Rosalia Lopez Interview