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. [...]
Tags: Conversion, Faith, Formation, Year of Faith
Formation, a constant job
There is an urgent need for spreading the doctrine of Christ.
Store up your training, fill yourself with clear ideas, with the fullness of the Christian message, so that afterwards you can pass it on to others.
—Don’t expect God to illuminate you, for [...]
Tags: Study, Faith, Formation, Catechesis, Year of Faith
On the anniversary of Opus Dei's founding, the Prelate has written an extensive pastoral letter on the importance of formation for the spiritual life and the new evangelization.
"The easiest way to understand Opus Dei is to consider the life of the early Christians. They lived [...]
Tags: Formation, Javier Echevarria, letter from the Prelate
At the beginning of 1933 St Josemaria gave the first of what would afterwards be called "St Raphael circles". The St Raphael circles or classes are the axis of all the other Christian formational activities organized by Opus Dei for young people on the human, [...]
Tags: Spiritual guidance, Doctrine, Formation, History, Youth, Catechesis
Virginia is a Co-operator of Opus Dei and writes from Hong Kong about the intercession of St. Josemaria and her son’s illness.
My son Guillermo has total agenesis of the corpus callosum. The diagnosis was made during my pregnancy and was accompanied by various complications that [...]
Tags: Abandonment to God, Gratitude, Sickness, Formation
Veronika Jonsson, an architecture student taking part in the UNIV congress, thought her faith was in contradiction with the secular world’s rational challenges. With the help of St Josemaria and the people of Opus Dei she met, she came to recognize that her intellectual curiosity [...]
Tags: Faith, Formation, Opus Dei, Science
St Josemaria’s teachings on freedom, says Moira Walsh, show how freedom combines with responsibility, real love, and respect for others, in bringing up children, in politics, and in daily living.
Tags: Formation, Freedom, Politics, Responsibility, Upbringing, family
Montboisé/Fonteneige hall of residence, close to the University of Montreal, celebrated its fiftieth anniversary with an Open House day, a fund-raising concert, and a Family Brunch. The hall of residence was started by Laly Martin, a Numerary member of Opus Dei, who took possession [...]
Tags: Formation, Opus Dei
In May 2002, I went to the funeral of the husband of Yaya Lita, my children’s nanny, in a small barrio in San Pedro Laguna (Philippines), I saw the state of poverty Yaya Lita and her neighbors were living in. I started to think of [...]
Tags: Formation, Poverty, Solidarity
Barrio Luz is one of the biggest urban poor communities in Cebu (Philippines). Residents here are mainly fire victims from various squatter communities. Families live in shacks measuring an average 15 square meters for at least five family members. Most parents are unemployed, except for [...]
Tags: Formation, Justice, Solidarity