Something terrible happened to me: my son was killed by terrorists, because he was a policeman. That was the worst thing that could happen. I thought, "I'm going to die," because he was my son. But then, thank God, I remembered St Josemaria in Cañete, [...]
On February 14, 1971, St Josemaria wrote a brief note for himself: “Among the roses, kiss the Cross.”
When we feel the thorns
When we Christians have a hard time of it, it is because we are not giving to this life all its divine meaning. Where [...]
Tags: February 14, Cross, Suffering
St Josemaria understood that suffering has a place in the plan of the Redemption. At the same time, he often said, “If it’s possible to get rid of physical pain, it should be got rid of. There’s enough suffering in life already! And when it [...]
Tags: Suffering, Sickness, Madrid
Faced with the weight of all this, a Christian can find only one genuine answer, a definitive answer: Christ on the cross, a God who suffers and dies, a God who gives us his heart opened by a lance for the love of us all. [...]
Tags: Cross, Suffering, Holy Week
Many years ago, before any of these districts even existed, I used to go to the King's Hospital, many, many years ago, over forty, where were you all then...?
And I remember that by the bedside of a woman with tuberculosis, - because tuberculosis was [...]
Tags: Suffering, Sickness, Madrid, Opus Dei
St Josemaria’s book The Way, at no. 208, gives a prayer that is offered today by many people who have discovered the Christian meaning of suffering: “Blessed be pain. Loved be pain. Sanctified be pain. Glorified be pain.” This prayer has a history behind it [...]
Tags: Cross, Suffering, sick
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
In the midst of financial pressures
By the middle of 1952, the financial situation was to all appearances hopeless. There seemed to be no way of reducing the debt, searching for new loans and gifts produced no results, and—to add insult to injury—there was a recurrence [...]
Tags: Suffering, Opus Dei, Poverty, Opus Dei members, Consecrations of Opus Dei
Rodolfo and Lucia suffered the loss of their small son. How can people see God’s hand in events like that? St Josemaria replies to someone in a similar situation, who asked him how to bear suffering with joy.
Tags: Abandonment to God, Cross, Suffering, Children, Death, family
Romereports.com. During the pope's two day trip to northern Italy he stopped in the towns of Venice and Aquileia. During Sunday's Mass and the Regina Coeli, Benedict XVI spoke about the challenges of the evangelization.
Benedict XVI: “A traditionally Catholic people can also negatively sense [...]
Tags: Joy, Suffering, Faith, Evangelization