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Our family has gone through very difficult moments

I’m a teacher, but at present I work for a big airline in Nairobi. In Kenya where even mothers with small children have to work full time to make ends meet, many families suffer very much. There is no question of staying home to look [...]
Tags: Abandonment to God, Family and work, Children, Prayer, Order
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A practical sense of prayer

Josemaria Escriva was an eminently practical person. What is practical is always realistic, useful, lasting. I am sure that his practical, concrete spiritual advice was a consequence of his great love for God and human beings, to whom he tried to transmit this same love. [...]
Tags: Opus Dei, Prayer
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A little book I always carry with me

I met Opus Dei in Kibondeni College (Nairobi), where I was happy and studied enthusiastically. While I was there I achieved the National Certificate in Hospitality and Catering. Now I realise that as well as the professional training I received a good dose of cultural [...]
Tags: The Way, Prayer, Work
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Now my life has a meaning

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 [...]
Tags: Citizenship, Prayer, Unity of life
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The canonical solution of Opus Dei

By the Apostolic Constitution Ut Sit, dated 28 November 1982, Pope John Paul II set up Opus Dei as a personal prelature. This meant that, in accordance with its foundational charisma, the Work was recognized by the Church”s Canon Law as a secular structure: personal, [...]
Tags: Church, Prayer, Opus Dei prelature
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Is there a prayer for the intercession of Saint Josemaría, the founder of Opus Dei?

Yes. The text is as follows: O God, through the mediation of Mary our Mother, you granted your priest St. Josemaría countless graces, choosing him as a most faithful instrument to found Opus Dei, a way of sanctification in daily work and in the fulfillment of [...]
Tags: Prayer, prayer-card
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He asked me to let him stay there alone for a little while

The Augustinian Father José Llamas Simón met Saint Josemaría in 1944, when the founder of Opus Dei was preaching a spiritual retreat to the Community of the Royal Monastery of Saint Lawrence in El Escorial, Madrid. In the testimony he wrote for the Cause of [...]
Tags: Eucharist, Jesus Christ, Prayer, Retreat
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Saint Josemaria’s Devotion to Our Lady

“We have to love the Blessed Virgin Mary more. We will never love her enough. Love her a lot!” is Saint Josemaría’s advice at The Forge, n. 527. Msgr. Alvaro del Portillo recounts some of his memories of Saint Josemaría’s devotion to our Lady in [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Prayer, Our Lady
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Saint Josemaría Escrivá, teacher of prayer in ordinary life

Saint Josemaría Escrivá has a place among the masters of spirituality in the history of the Church, for several reasons. Above all, because he is a saint for our times (he was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002), who spread the universal call [...]
Tags: Contemplation, Javier Echevarria, Prayer, Ordinary life
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Friends for 43 years

Msgr Pedro Altabella first met St Josemaria in Saragossa, Spain, in the early 1920s. In the following article he recalls some aspects of the enduring friendship between them. “I would like to be able to evoke at least some facet of the rich, priestly character [...]
Tags: Friendship, Prayer, Priesthood