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Because of two friends

You need interior life and doctrinal formation. Be demanding on yourself! As a Christian man or woman, you have to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world, for you are obliged to give good example with holy shamelessness. The charity of [...]
Tags: Conversion, Cooperators of Opus Dei, Faith, Holiness, family
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“There’s something of a grandfather about God”

Eliana Palma, a Chilean grandmother, shares her ideas on grandparents’ role in families and society, and talks about how happy she was in the sixty years she spent with her husband, Tito. 1) How do you think grandparents could take part in this Year of [...]
Tags: Joy, God, family, mercy , Christians in the middle of the world
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My Home is My New Catwalk

Neysha, from Puerto Rico, is a professional model. She says, “My home is my new catwalk, and I try to look more elegant than ever, for love of my husband and children.” My name is Neysha, and I’m married, with three sons, aged six, four [...]
Tags: Marriage, Consistency, Dignity, family, Puerto Rico
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My Life Opened to the Beauty of Life Itself

Gina Garcia from Muntinlupa, Philippines danced ballet professionally for years and is now a home-maker, a part-time ballet teacher, and also teaches Parenting Education courses as a volunteer. On raising kids, Gina says, "The greatest challenge is in reminding ourselves that these are the children [...]
Tags: Abandonment to God, Family and work, Faith, Divine sonship, Formation, Children, Freedom, Marriage, Character, trust, family, happiness, Women, Philippines, Josemaria Escriva, Pope Francis
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"Never Stop Working on Making Your Marriage Better"

Emily Marcucci, a Harvard grad from Massachusetts, has been married for 15 years and is mother to 8 children. "I would tell newly married couples to never stop working on making your marriage better and stronger with each passing day… It should be a daily [...]
Tags: Generosity, Children, Marriage, Service, Love, family, engagement, home-making
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Our Family isn’t a Fairy-Tale, it’s for Real

At about age 14 a friend advised me, “Entrust yourself to St Raphael the Archangel, and pray that he does honour to his feast-day by getting you a good husband.” This was in the time when the feast of St Raphael was celebrated on October [...]
Tags: Marriage, Love, family, engagement, Germany, Costa Rica
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A very special kind of family vacation

“The family is the wellspring of all fraternity, and as such it is the foundation and the first pathway to peace, since, by its vocation, it is meant to spread its love to the world around it” (Pope Francis, Message for the 47th World Day [...]
Tags: Service, Solidarity, Virtues, family, Holy Week
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Fathers, Talk to Us!

Daniel Plazek is a sales engineer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He and his wife Luisa have 7 children, ranging from ages 12 to 26. In the following interview, Daniel shares his perspective on marriage, fatherhood, and also offers some practical advice for young parents. Tell us a [...]
Tags: Children, Vocation, family, Father, US, Christians in the middle of the world
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The O'Bar Family: Happiness Amid Suffering

"You gotta have barbecue in Texas," proclaims Houston native Vince O'Bar, as he deftly arranges hamburgers over a hot fire in his backyard. He is a man who enjoys fishing with his sons, playing basketball with the guys, and drinking a cold beer on a [...]
Tags: Suffering, Sickness, Children, Marriage, family, happiness, St Josemaria Institute
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Sophie's testimony

Video. A simple and clear example of marriage and family. Sophie, 41, is married with four children and lives in France. In this video-clip she talks about her family. "Cedric and I were married in 1997. Eight months after our wedding he had a bicycle [...]
Tags: Faith, Fortitude, Children, Maturity, Marriage, Optimism, Love, family, difficulties