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The real meaning of a pilgrimage

“I have gained so much from this pilgrimage than from many camps and doctrine classes” said Jerome, a university student from Taiwan. He joined the WYD in Krakow and through it, he discovered the real meaning of a pilgrimage and shared the joy of being close to God with other young people from Hong Kong, Macau, Korea and other countries.

August 8, 2017

To begin with, I would like to say a big Thank you to everyone who made my World Youth Day experience come true. Our journey began in Taipei; we travelled through Shanghai, Rome, Vienna and finally arrived at Krakow. I'm especially grateful to each and every person who helped us along the way. Without them, my journey would not have been fruitful.

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Because of two friends

Alice Agusto (Hong Kong) is married and has four children. She describes how receiving classes of Christian formation regularly helps her to be a better and happier person: "I can share from experience that there is always something new to learn.I found it very good to keep reviewing, and it has served as good guidance in my life and in decision making."

August 9, 2016

You need interior life and doctrinal formation. Be demanding on yourself! As a Christian man or woman, you have to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world, for you are obliged to give good example with holy shamelessness.

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“There’s something of a grandfather about God”

Eliana Palma, a Chilean grandmother, shares her ideas on grandparents’ role in families and society, and talks about how happy she was in the sixty years she spent with her husband, Tito.

July 22, 2016

Eliana Palma, a Chilean grandmother, shares her ideas on grandparents’ role in families and society, and talks about how happy she was in the sixty years she spent with her husband, Tito.

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“Be faithful, be an apostle,” John Paul II told me

Alejandra Vanney is a lawyer who in the 90s moved from Argentina to Poland to help begin the apostolic work of Opus Dei there. Her work at the University of Warsaw gave her the opportunity to travel to Rome to take part in several encounters with Pope John Paul II.

March 29, 2016

Alejandra Vanney is a lawyer who in the 90s moved from Argentina to Poland to help begin the apostolic work of Opus Dei there. Her work at the University of Warsaw gave her the opportunity to travel to Rome to take part in several encounters with Pope John Paul II.

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My Home is My New Catwalk

Neysha, from Puerto Rico, is a professional model. She says, “My home is my new catwalk, and I try to look more elegant than ever, for love of my husband and children.”

August 3, 2015

Neysha, from Puerto Rico, is a professional model. She says, “My home is my new catwalk, and I try to look more elegant than ever, for love of my husband and children.”

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Thanks to St Josemaria’s Intercession, My Back Pain was Cured

C. M. W. Hong Kong

July 20, 2015

I was baptised in Hong Kong, in 2011, after many years of guidance from my husband. After he had completed this “mission”, he passed away in that same year. Since I had to take care of my little son by myself, together with my busy work life, my health deteriorated, as well as my eyes and my immune system.

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My Life Opened to the Beauty of Life Itself

Gina Garcia danced ballet professionally for years and is now a home-maker, a part-time ballet teacher, and also teaches Parenting Education courses as a volunteer. On raising kids, she says, "The greatest challenge is in reminding ourselves that these are the children we taught to think and encouraged to express their ideas. We need to listen to their ideas and open our own minds to different perspectives"

July 7, 2015

Gina Garcia from Muntinlupa, Philippines danced ballet professionally for years and is now a home-maker, a part-time ballet teacher, and also teaches Parenting Education courses as a volunteer. On raising kids, Gina says, "The greatest challenge is in reminding ourselves that these are the children we taught to think and encouraged to express their ideas. The challenge is then for us to remember that we have to listen to their ideas and open our own minds to different perspectives".

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"Never Stop Working on Making Your Marriage Better"

Emily Marcucci, a Harvard grad from Massachusetts, has been married for 15 years and is mother to 8 children. "I would tell newly married couples to never stop working on making your marriage better and stronger with each passing day… It should be a daily concern to find ways to give yourself generously to your spouse."

June 25, 2015

Emily Marcucci, a Harvard grad from Massachusetts, has been married for 15 years and is mother to 8 children. "I would tell newly married couples to never stop working on making your marriage better and stronger with each passing day… It should be a daily concern to find ways to give yourself generously to your spouse."

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St. Josemaria Taught Me How to Work with Love

On June 26th, 1975, Ana Lorente happened to be in Opus Dei's central headquarters and on that day, she took a series of final photos of St. Josemaria, for posterity's sake.

June 25, 2015

In 1965, Ana Lorente came to Rome to work, at St. Josemaria's request. A nurse by profession, she also specializes in photography. For 10 years she took photos of various activities, encounters and large get-togethers that St. Josemaria had during that time. On June 26th, 1975, she happened to be in Opus Dei's central headquarters and on that day, she took a series of final photos of St. Josemaria, for posterity's sake.

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Our Family isn’t a Fairy-Tale, it’s for Real

Patricia comes from Costa Rica, but she has been living in Germany for 25 years with her husband and her six children: "At about age 14, a friend advised me, 'Entrust yourself to St Raphael the Archangel, and pray that he does honour to his feast-day by getting you a good husband.'"
This was the begining of her story.

June 1, 2015

At about age 14 a friend advised me, “Entrust yourself to St Raphael the Archangel, and pray that he does honour to his feast-day by getting you a good husband.” This was in the time when the feast of St Raphael was celebrated on October 24, which is also my birthday. I had no idea how far-reaching this piece of advice would prove, nor how powerfully St Raphael was going to shine out.

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A very special kind of family vacation

Lucy and her family are Mexican. For the past 15 years, they have spent every Holy Week participating in a Family Rural Project. They have discovered that vacations are primarily family activities and therefore an ideal opportunity to grow together as a family, or in other words, that after their vacations they should each be a slightly better person.

May 11, 2015

“The family is the wellspring of all fraternity, and as such it is the foundation and the first pathway to peace, since, by its vocation, it is meant to spread its love to the world around it” (Pope Francis, Message for the 47th World Day of Peace, 1 January 2014).

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St. Josemaria helps me as a seminarian

C.O., Kenya

March 20, 2015

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 life (life of holiness) and intense study.

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