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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

Gaëlle, France

Gaëlle is French, currently studying on a Year Abroad in Rome. She was converted two years ago and is getting married next year. “Yes, I’ll go to Mass on June 26 for the feast of St Josemaria. That day is also my birthday, and I’m [...]
Tags: Conversion, Faith, Unity of life, June 26, France, Christians in the middle of the world

What St. Josemaría's The Way means to me

On days that go poorly, I know God is using The Way to point me in the right direction to improve tomorrow. St. Josemaría Escrivá's The Way has had a large positive impact on my life – so much so that I have made the book [...]
Tags: The Way, Prayer, Unity of life, Interior life, Ordinary life

Doing everything for God

I am Anna Riina, I am from Finland and I am 25. Now I am studying theology in Rome, on a History of the Church program at the University of the Holy Cross. I have been a Catholic for three and a half years. Now, [...]
Tags: Friendship, Love of God, Apostolate, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Faith, Opus Dei, Work, Unity of life, Interior life, Virtues, God, Josemaria Escriva

A good co-librettist

“Everything goes”. That was the idea I had when I was fourteen and began working in the media. I’d seen the media as my vocation ever since I was very young. I’d found it quite hard to get into the media world, and so I [...]
Tags: Joy, Apostolate, Holy Purity, Unity of life, Consistency

Msgr. George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, Australia

Josemaria’s Christocentrism, with its unifying explanation of all aspects of life, promises to overcome the inconsistencies that have arisen in the previous centuries between intellectual life and the life of faith, between spiritual life and scientific work, between Christian life and professional life. This is [...]
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From the world of finance

Saint Josemaria’s teachings on the Holy Mass had a great influence on the way I work. Since I started trying to put into practice what the writings of the Founder of Opus Dei say about the centrality and radical nature of the Holy Mass, my [...]
Tags: Plan of life, Work, Unity of life, Holy Mass

I realized that I could be a good Christian, a football fan and a party member

I have to acknowledge the fact that I come from a very idealistic family. I was born and brought up in politics, and arguing about ideas and ideals has always been part of my life. I’ve always considered myself an idealist, and so I defend [...]
Tags: Opus Dei, Politics, Service, Unity of life

God is not to be sought in the clouds

Escriva refutes the persistent cliché according to which family life and work are mutually exclusive spheres from which we supposedly drop out, exhausted, like a spent shell. Relentlessly optimistic, this author of best-selling books full of useful lessons, reminded us in the 20th century that [...]
Tags: Unity of life, Ordinary life

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