Finding God while being a wife, a mother and a doctor

Joanna Pestalozzi, mother and doctor, Sweden

April 2, 2013

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 other Catholics – which is not easy bearing in mind that in Sweden, only 1 per cent of the population are Catholic.

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From the Fast Lane to the Right Lane

Lassi Viljakainen, Finland

March 23, 2013

“If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For he who would save his life shall lose it; but he who loses his life for my sake shall find it. For what does it profit a man, if he gains the whole world at the cost of losing his own soul?” (Mt 16: 24-26)

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I went in search of beauty and found God

Josefina Calvente, architect, Argentina

March 20, 2013

I was 25 when I packed my bags and went to Valencia, Spain. My excuse was that I wanted to do an MA in architecture. I say “excuse”, because my real aim was to get away, wherever. I wasn’t happy and I needed a change. I never imagined it would be such a big one.

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Emerging from the fog

Fausta writes from Switzerland. Married, and mother of nine, she tells of her struggles as a young girl to discover genuine freedom amidst the ideological confusion around her.

January 31, 2013

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 living in the Viscontea hall of residence in Milan.

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He had a plan for me

María Jara, Costa Rica.

January 29, 2013

Although I grew up in a Catholic family, a rebellious spirit joined with immaturity and ignorance made me stop practicing. For about fifteen years God had no place in my life, though I know he never stopped loving me and looking after me. I was focused on my job as a journalist, earning money, going to parties, and plunged into a worldly and superficial way of life.

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When I was 32 I was converted again

Marco, Italy

January 2, 2013

My name is Marco and I first heard of St Josemaria’s message about Christian living just over a year ago. I had stopped practicing my faith more than fifteen years before – I still said prayers every day, but without knowing what I was saying or who I was talking to. I would catch glimpses of God around me, in the beauty of a sunny day, or a smile, or a work of art, but I didn’t have the tools to begin to understand it all.

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Papers that help people be better

María Denisse Fanianos de Capriles

December 7, 2012

If there is one phrase that has marked the path of our marriage in these twenty years of happy union, it is St Josemaria’s words, “Dream, and your dreams will fall short.” Going back thirty years, I remember, on the first day of my journalism degree course, writing an essay on “Why do I want to study journalism?” My great passion and also my great concern, was educating people in my country, Venezuela, in values. I knew that it was urgent to teach my countrymen human and family values. At that point I didn’t talk about Christian or Catholic values, because I didn’t know what Christ or the Catholic Church signified.

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Escobar - no, Escriva!

The Italian writer Emanuele Cazzolla describes his visit to the church of Church of Our Lady of Peace in Rome, which houses the mortal remains of St Josemaria. The description comes in his book Il vecchio devoto o altri 11 racconti brevi.

November 29, 2012

The Italian writer Emanuele Cazzolla describes his visit to the church of Church of Our Lady of Peace in Rome, which houses the mortal remains of St Josemaria. The description comes in his book Il vecchio devoto o altri 11 racconti brevi.

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Since I discovered the gift of Faith, there's no other way I'd want to live

Angela Urrutia, Chile

Chile, October 20, 2012

I am married and the mother of three children. I lost my own mother when I was still very small. However, I had a happy, peaceful childhood thanks to the special support given me by one of my aunts. The onset of adolescence and other losses provoked a serious personal crisis in my life, and I was only rescued from it by a new encounter with God.

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I'm no longer afraid

Raquel Taveira-Marques, Portugal

October 16, 2012

Interview with Raquel Taveira-Marques

“When I came from Portugal to do research at University College London for my PhD in Neurobiology and Neuroscience, I soon fell in love with London, and also -something I didn’t bargain for- with the Catholic Faith”. Raquel Taveira-Marques lived in Ashwell House, a student’s hall of residence run by Opus Dei, and she was very impressed by another resident – Carmen, who was receiving instruction in the faith and was baptized in the Chapel of the residence.

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Because of a book I read in prison

J. A.

September 17, 2012

I was 29 and had been in prison in Spain for two years after committing a crime. At that time I saw God as being very far from my life. I thought he was in heaven and I was on earth. The only thing I was clear about was that he did exist.

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When you read The Way...

Hui-zhen Huo, Taipei (Taiwan)

August 9, 2012

I am a cancer patient. When I was fighting it desperately five years ago, my best friend, Margaret, gave me a copy of The Way which comforted and encouraged me tremendously.

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