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St. Josemaria helps me as a seminarian

I am a seminarian in third year theology, in the seventh year of priestly formation. The basic idea about the seminary revolves round prayer life, intense study and hard work. For a long time as a seminarian I used to wonder how to reconcile Prayer [...]
Tags: Study, Piety, Priesthood, Holiness, Priestly Society of the Holy Cross, Unity of life

Because of a book I read in prison

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 [...]
Tags: Priesthood, Friends of God, writings of the founder of Opus Dei

Janitor in Buenos Aires

What I’m going to write about began six years ago. I used to walk to work – it was just 300 meters from home. I went past the same buildings every day, saying “Good morning” or “Good evening” to the janitors working at the entrances [...]
Tags: Friendship, Apostolate, Priesthood, Sacraments, Devotion

Jose Miguel Ibanez Langlois, Chile

One of the greatest joys of my life Fr Jose Miguel Ibanez Langlois was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1936. He was ordained a priest in 1960. He gained a PhD in Philosophy at the Complutense University of Madrid and another at the Lateran University in [...]
Tags: Canonization, Priesthood, diocesan priests

Francis Cardinal Arinze

"If any priest takes offense at this use of the figure of the donkey, then may I advise him to read the following remarks by Saint Josemaria Escriva: Jesus makes do with a poor animal for a throne. I don't know about you; but I am [...]
Tags: Donkey, Retreat, Priesthood, Pope Benedict XVI, Christ Is Passing By

I realized that he was a man of God, a holy priest

First news of Opus Dei I first heard about Opus Dei in 1941, on the occasion of one of the many episodes of persecution that St Josemaria Escriva and his Work had to endure. This one was in Barcelona. While I was still a seminarian I [...]
Tags: Priesthood, Priestly Society of the Holy Cross

Dedicating your life to the priesthood is a fantastic thing to do

“Thanks to the formative activities I attend, my love for the Church, the Pope and the magisterium grows constantly greater. The Pope’s faithfulness to Jesus Christ is something I find very moving. I have benefited hugely from the example set by the Founder of Opus [...]
Tags: Sacrament of Reconciliation, Jesus Christ, Piety, Priesthood

A lifelong Yes

Extract from an interview with Zenit in 2003 Zenit: Would you say that people today find it hard to commit themselves, hard to say yes? Urteaga: Definitely. I find people very soft. But at the same time there are plenty of people doing plenty of positive things. [...]
Tags: Generosity, Opus Dei, Priesthood, Vocation