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In water up to the neck

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
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How can we endure suffering with joy?

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
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Pope visits Venice

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
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List of contents of St. Josemaria in the Spanish Civil War

The following is a fairly brief account of the early years of Opus Dei, together with the historical, political and social situation in Spain at the time. It is condensed from chapters 3-18 of the book Uncommon Faith: The Early Years of Opus Dei 1928 [...]
Tags: Suffering, Spanish Civil War, History, Youth, Opus Dei
Testimony

Unconscious for over 30 minutes

This week I was taken into hospital for an emergency appendix operation. It was about six in the morning, and everything was silent in the A and E department of the private hospital in Madrid. The silence was broken by the desperate shouts of a [...]
Tags: Suffering, prayer-card, sick
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St Josemaria and the meaning of suffering

St Josemaria often recalled that at the start of Opus Dei he had no resources at all humanly speaking, and relied on supernatural resources: prayer and suffering offered to God.
Tags: Cross, Suffering, Founding of Opus Dei, Madrid
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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
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1931-1932: The Second Spanish Republic and Spanish anticlericalism

- The coming of the Second Republic, 1931 - Spanish anti-clericalism - The The burning of convents - Anti-clerical legislation of the Provisional Government - The Constituent Assembly and the Constitution - Father Josemaria’s reaction to growing anti-clericalism - Stoning with Hail Marys - From the Foundation for the sick to [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Suffering, Sickness, Spanish Civil War, History, Madrid, Poverty, Politics, Women, Juan Jimenez Vargas, Opus Dei members, Anti-clericalism, Spanish history
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1928-1936: Historical, political and social situation in Spain

The following is a fairly brief account of the early years of Opus Dei, together with the historical, political and social situation in Spain at the time. It is condensed from chapters 1 and 3-12 of the book Uncommon Faith: The Early Years of Opus [...]
Tags: Suffering, Spanish Civil War, History, Youth, Opus Dei
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Josemaría Escrivá in the Spanish Civil War

Saint Josemaria Escriva's experiences during the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939.
Tags: Suffering, Faith, Spanish Civil War, History, Crossing the Pyrenees, Franco, Forgiveness, Film