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A very special kind of family vacation

“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 [...]
Tags: Service, Solidarity, Virtues, family, Holy Week

St Josemaria speaks about Alvaro del Portillo

The feast day of Blessed Alvaro del Portillo will be celebrated for the first time on May 12, 2015. He was beatified on September 27, 2014, in Madrid, Spain, the city where he was born. St Josemaria, founder of Opus Dei, chose Alvaro when he [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Faithfulness, Fortitude, Generosity, Holiness, Virtues, Josemaria Escriva

Paul, USA

Paul lives in Sherborn, MA. He is majoring in musical composition and is now 20. “I hope my work as a composer will enable me to give joy to other people.” What is the meaning of life for you? For me, the meaning of my life is [...]
Tags: Friendship, Virtues, June 26, US, Josemaria Escriva, Christians in the middle of the world

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

Within the family, a joy shared is a joy doubled, a trouble shared is a trouble halved

Rafael Pich*, father of 16 children, engineer and entrepreneur, is a founding member of the Fondation Internationale de la Famille and vice-chairman of the International Federation for Family Development (IFFD), an NGO with consultative status at the UN. * He died a month after this interview [...]
Tags: Joy, Generosity, Children, Marriage, Virtues, Upbringing, family

Exemplary Virtues in Ordinary Work

Last month, Anihan Training School in the Philippines graduated 60 more professionally-trained young women into the local hotel and restaurant industry. Now in its 21st year of serving the less privileged young women of the Calabarzon area, Anihan has been true to its name, producing [...]
Tags: Education, Work, Virtues


Humility is another good way to arrive at interior peace. He has said so: ‘Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart: and you will find rest for your souls.’ The Way, 607 Prayer is the humility of the man who acknowledges his [...]
Tags: defects, Humility, Sincerity, Virtues

The miracle of faith

As well as having given you abundant and effective grace, the Lord has given you a brain, a pair of hands and intellectual powers so that your talents may yield fruit. God wants to work miracles all the time – to raise the dead, make [...]
Tags: Doctrine, Faith, Divine sonship, Virtues

What did you say to our Lady?

In the afternoon of January 3, 1948, St Josemaria arrived at Loreto, Italy, with Don Alvaro del Portillo, Salvador Moret Bondia and Ignacio Sallent Casas. They spent a period in silent prayer within the Holy House of Nazareth in the shrine. Afterwards, as they were [...]
Tags: Opus Dei, Holy Family, Virtues, Consecrations of Opus Dei

St. Josemaria Escriva: A theology of work

St. Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei. Whenever this writer mentioned the name of this modern-day saint to his friends their usual reaction was: “Who is he?” I would then explain the saint’s theology of work which is the centerpiece of his teaching. Work is [...]
Tags: Faith, Work, Virtues