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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

Living with an angel on earth. His burden is not heavy

Our youngest son, Inigo, was born on April 13, 2008. There were complications with the pregnancy, and I was hospitalized in the high-risk unit. One of the ultrasound scans showed that our baby had severe heart problems. We knew there was a 50-50 chance he [...]
Tags: Cross, Suffering, Sickness, Children, difficulties

Everything is fine

My mother is a woman of a certain age and she has health issues. Back to December of 2005 she got very sick and she thought she was having a heart attack. Called me at 3 o'clock in the morning. We go into the hospital [...]
Tags: Sickness, Faith, Prayer, Canada

My illness? An opportunity to come closer to God

I met Opus Dei while I was studying to be a nurse. I have always felt attracted by the serenity that comes of Christian living and the message of St Josemaria, which I could see in the people of Opus Dei. But now I [...]
Tags: Gratitude, Joy, Cooperators of Opus Dei, Sickness

A different kind of happiness

Shortly after getting married I was diagnosed with cancer of the cervix. I had an operation and other treatment, and came through it. I have to say it was due to my husband’s love, and to a priest qualified in medicine who advised me to [...]
Tags: Abandonment to God, Gratitude, Joy, Suffering, Sickness, Generosity, family

Yes, God is my father! He can’t leave me now

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

The late Josefina Magno, MD, hero to terminally sick patients and their families

Probably the most renowned woman in Opus Dei in the United States was the late Josefina Magno, M.D., widely regarded as one of the founders of the hospice movement in the United States. Hospice care gives patients with terminal illnesses and their families the support [...]
Tags: Suffering, Sickness, Opus Dei, Work, Women, US, supernumerary

An ordinary man with an extraordinary challenge

Nicole Joseph Dookie was born in Trinidad, in a Christian family. Moved by the example of her husband, Jerome Dookie, she was received into the Catholic Church in March 2002, and joined Opus Dei as a Supernumerary in October that same year. At about that [...]
Tags: Sickness, Children, Death, family

Accepting my son’s disability with happiness

Learning about Josemaria Escriva has helped me achieve greater clarity in my faith. By attending the programs of formation offered by the Prelature of Opus Dei, I have received great consolation because they make me understand in a deeper way the graces we receive in [...]
Tags: Sickness, Faith

S is for Suffering

In Congo, there is a hereditary blood disease that affects close to 2% of newborn babies, which is called Drepanocytic Anemia or Sickle Cell Anemia (SSA). This disease is characterized principally by bouts of pain, severe anemia and serious infections, and has a very high [...]
Tags: Suffering, Sickness, Eucharist, Jesus Christ, Solidarity