A different kind of happiness
Marcela Trujillo, Colombia
Colombia, January 17, 2011
Mª Antonia, Isabel and Nicolás
When I was a girl, someone gave me a great little book called The Way, which is still a huge help to me today. Years later, at the University of La Sabana, I started going to Christian formational activities given by people in Opus Dei. The supernatural counsels that I learned from St Josemaria in The Way have helped me to accept the hardest things happily, since you can never find happiness if you take the temporary short-cut of pleasure. When I offer something to God wholeheartedly I can see that the “inner satisfaction” and “spiritual benefit” are endless, and that gives one great strength. It’s a totally different kind of happiness.
The Trujillo family
I can change the world
I am a Co-operator of Opus Dei. It is something that constantly rejuvenates my Catholic faith, helps me to live out my faith and talk about it, and try to live up to it, to say no to things that are contrary to God’s plans, and yes to what helps to leave this world a better place than I found it. On top of that, I know lots of people are praying for me and that I can give more and do better, so that I’m not just a passive spectator in the Church, but a living part of it like everyone else. It helps me to realize that I can change the world from my daily work, my calling, where God has placed me.
The Christian formation I receive not only helps me to practice my faith more deeply but to be aware of my responsibilities towards other people, because when I get to heaven I will be measured by my love, by what I have done for others, because anything else would just be selfishness.
I co-operate with Opus Dei in lots of different ways, having a very special bond with it and being very grateful. I manage to contribute financially in a small way, and it is always included in my daily prayers. It made me very happy when Maria Antonia asked me if she could give her little figure of Baby Jesus in a porcelain crib (which she loved dearly because it had belonged to me when I was little) to an Opus Dei center that was just starting up.
List of Contents
- A word of encouragement
- A different kind of happiness
- Jose Miguel Ibanez Langlois, Chile
- Searching for the purpose in life
- A fulltime mum
- Pope Benedict XVI
- Francis Cardinal Arinze
- The late Josefina Magno, MD, hero to terminally sick patients and their families
- To become our best selves
- Yes, God is my father! He can’t leave me now
- A “pill” to get rid of a problem
- The best thing that ever happened to me