At the Service of Others

Raymond Anagboso, Nigeria.

March 5, 2009

Young people have often been accused of being too idealistic, of harboring unrealistic expectations and aiming at unrealizable goals. Perhaps, put this way, I exaggerate a bit. It is nonetheless something commonly believed. This desire to make the world (society, culture, everything) better is common to young people of all times. You only have to take a look at history to acknowledge the fact that young people have always been the proximate cause of major social or political changes, some of which, I must add, have unfortunately not always been positively channeled.

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His words give me hope and encouragement

Felicitas Aigbogun, Masters student in Law, SOAS, University of London.

March 2, 2009

I first got to know about Josemaria Escriva while I was an undergraduate law student at a Nigerian university. I was quite conversant with the teachings of the Church and the Bible and was active in Church activities and student social life on campus. Although I was trying to be a good Christian, I had unconsciously come to the conclusion that it was not possible for one to achieve holiness.

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I belong to the generation whose childhood, youth and early adulthood were spent in the Soviet Union era

Irina Sapronova, Lecturer in Russian at Kazakhstan National University

March 2, 2009

In order to understand my generation (and not only mine) you have to bear in mind that we had been robbed of the possibility of learning about God, being with him and believing in him.

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Now my life has a meaning

Ngozi Okpara, teacher, Lagos, Nigeria

March 1, 2009

I always wanted to live a correct life, that could fulfill myself, but I was realizing that there was a gap between my ordinary life and my life of prayer. Now I cannot distinguish the difference between prayer and ordinary activities: I am aware of God's presence, and I cannot look at the world without doing anything. Now I have to participate actively in what is happening in the society. It is a challenge. I realize how much God loves me and of His infinite mercy, my life has a meaning and I want other people to have the same experience.

Engagement and marriage are a wonderful adventure

Mariana and German Iramendi, teacher and bank clerk

March 1, 2009

Saint Josemaria is “guilty” of having made our lives, first as fiancés and now as a married couple, into a “wonderful adventure”.

During our engagement we followed his advice: “Love each other, talk to each other, get to know each other; I tell you, respect each other, as though each were a treasure that belongs to the other…”.

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Defending Life in Public Opinion

Paul Swope is a founding member of Pro-Life Youth International, Harvard-Raddiff Students for Life, and has served as Executive Director of Massachusetts Citizens For Life and Director of “The Caring Foundation” (now Vitae Caring).

February 28, 2009

I work for an organization, started in the United States, called The Caring Foundation. This is a right to life group with a unique approach to the issue of legalized abortion. Rather than try to outlaw abortion through legislative and political means, we create television ads that appeal to the inner voice of conscience of the women facing the abortion decision.

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Sadness is an ally of the enemy

Vesna Ostoic, Namibia

February 28, 2009

My name is Vesna Ostoic and I’m from Chile, in South America. I am married with three children: Camila (9), Barbara (7) and Trini (4). My husband’s name is Milton, and he works for a mining company. In January 2007, because of his job, we moved from London to a mining town in the south of Namibia called Rosh Pinah. The closest cities to us are Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, and Cape Town in South Africa, both over 900 km from Rosh Pinah.

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A Professional Outlook On the Work Of The Home

Kathie Hunt, HomeAdvantage Plus

February 28, 2009

HomeAdvantage Plus, LLC is a corporation launched in late 1997 to provide educational resources and practical Information for creating a home that enhances the quality of life for individuals and families.

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The change in my husband

Kay Kiernan, Ireland

February 13, 2009

I am 82 years of age and have 8 children, 25 grandchildren and 2 great grand children. I have been a supernumerary for over 30 years and I give thanks to God every day for my own vocation to Opus Dei, and for that of two of my children.”

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Preparing dinner acquires infinite value

Marie Cantin, Graduate in Medicine, home maker, Quebec, Canada

February 7, 2009

I was impressed by Josemaria Escriva’s love for the Sacraments. The Mass “the center and root of the Christian life,” is more and more for me, as it was for Josemaria Escriva, the center of my days.

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I try to finish my jobs on time so I can spend longer with my family

K. V. Jacob, New Delhi, India

February 6, 2009

St Josemaria’s books have helped me to understand the riches and meaning of various aspects of our Catholic faith, with a deeper perspective.
I think that the effort to spread them more widely will do good to many people by helping them come closer to God. As a civil servant, I have to take many decisions that affect people around me, apply governmental decrees, and keep in contact with many people.

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The Church’s social teaching will get across when people practice it

Fr. Enrique Colom, lecturer in moral theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome.

February 5, 2009

Fr. Enrique Colom lectures in moral theology (justice and the social teaching of the Church) at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome. He first met St Josemaria in October 1960, a few months after joining Opus Dei.

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