I was the eldest of six children. We grew up on the island of Gotland, Sweden, which has only one Catholic church, with 200 parishioners. My parents always tried to make sure we all got a good Catholic education and that we made friends with [...]
Tags: February 14, Marriage, Vocation, Women, calling
St Josemaria and parents
The saying “God writes straight with crooked lines” was one that St Josemaria had engraved on his heart, as a result of painful personal experiences. It expressed the fact that God’s way of reasoning is sometimes very different from our own. [...]
Tags: Holy Family, Vocation, family, Josemaria Escriva, Consecrations of Opus Dei
Msgr Jaime Fuentes was born in Montevideo, took a degree in journalism, and did a doctorate in theology. He moved to Rome in 1967 where he worked with St Josemaria. He is the Bishop of Minas, Uruguay.
Although you may not think so, we actually owe [...]
Tags: Opus Dei, Vocation, family, Father
January 16, 2012. (Romereports.com) During Sunday's Angelus the pope talked about vocations, focusing on the power of recognizing and following the voice of God.
“And so, the call to follow Jesus more closely, to not form a family, but instead dedicate oneself to [...]
Tags: Youth, Pope, Vocation, Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI expressed three wishes before lighting the lights on a Christmas tree: raising our gaze toward God; seeking the true light for our lives, and being light for others. Some passages from St Josemaria’s writings can help to focus on these themes.
“My first [...]
Tags: Charity, Vocation, Pope Benedict XVI, Christmas
One recipe for everyone
St Josemaria used to explain that he had “just one cooking-pot for everyone”, and the recipe was the search for holiness amidst everyday occupations. From that one cooking-pot comes nourishment for everyone: fathers, mothers, engineers, lawyers, workmen, and also priests… As Father [...]
Tags: Opus Dei, Priesthood, Holiness, Vocation, Argentina
By David Kerr and Alan Holdren, CNA
He may be nearly 89 years old, but Father Fernando Valenciano can still recall with crystal clarity the day over seven decades ago when his life changed forever.
“After the war had ended in Spain, in 1939, I met a [...]
Tags: Vocation, Opus Dei members, numerary
Joseph Pearce, a well-known Catholic writer, was struck by the robust idea of the Christian vocation in modern times that comes through in St Josemaria’s book The Way. St Josemaria’s teachings, he says, not only help him to be a better husband and father, but [...]
Tags: The Way, culture, Vocation