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  • "Bloom where you are planted" - Opus Dei
    room Contact facebook tweet youtube flickr rss Opus Dei God is not removing you from your environment He is not taking you away from the world or from your condition in life or from your noble human ambitions or from your professional work But he wants you to be a saint right there Saint Josemaría Home Contact Search home About Opus Dei Message Activities Opus Dei in the U S Organization History People in Opus Dei Priestly Society of the Holy Cross Cooperators Canonization causes Books and texts Videos about Opus Dei Safe Environment The Prelate Biography Pastoral letters Other documents News From the Pope Recent News From the Prelate Personal testimonies Social initiatives Saint Josemaría Biography Prayers and devotions Teachings of Saint Josemaría About Saint Josemaría Videos Christian life Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search About Opus Dei Message Activities Opus Dei in the U S Organization History People in Opus Dei Priestly Society of the Holy Cross Cooperators Canonization causes Books and texts Videos about Opus Dei Safe Environment The Prelate Biography Pastoral letters Other documents News From the Pope Recent News From the Prelate Personal testimonies Social initiatives Saint Josemaría Biography Prayers and devotions Teachings of Saint Josemaría About Saint Josemaría Videos Christian life Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search Close News Personal testimonies Bloom where you are planted Opus Dei started in Kenya in 1958 by the direct impulse of Saint Josemaria Escriva In this video clip we see how its message has taken root there email facebook twitter Oct 22 2014 Kenya related items play Social initiatives 10 19 2013 Strathmore

    Original URL path: http://www.opusdei.org/en-us/video/bloom-where-planted/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Bassam and Raghad: "Welcome Home" - Opus Dei
    Welcome Home Olivia and Thimothée have seven children and live in a small village in France They have welcomed a family of Iraqi Christians into their home Bassam and Raghad with their three children aged 9 7 and 3 years old who were forced to flee Karakoch in August Personal testimonies Oct 26 2015 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle Some of Olivia and Thimotée s children Text of Pope Francis appeal on the welcome of refugees Olivia recalls In mid August we received a call from a priest friend who informed us of the serious situation faced by hundreds of Iraqi Christians who had taken refuge in Erbil the capital of Kurdistan He was looking for host families in France These Christians had been forced to flee during the night leaving everything behind Bassan Raghad and her three children had left the city of Karakoch where most of the Iraqi Christian community gathered near Mosul Islamic jihadists State had seized Karakoch Tens of thousands of people in the region fled to escape the violence The Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako said more than 100 000 Christians have fled the violence and in cities held by the jihadists churches are occupied and the crosses have been removed Karakoch was an entirely Christian town between Mosul the main town held by the Islamic State in Iraq and Erbil the capital of the autonomous region of Kurdistan The situation was tragic Olivia continued and we were really moved by this call for help We feel in solidarity with our brothers and sisters baptised Christians like us and persecuted because of their faith Overnight they had become destitute However I must admit we were also a bit reluctant to host them we have seven children the house is not huge We weighed the pros and cons and it was clear that our comfort would be affected Our priest friend was seeking places of welcome for nine families While we were still thinking it over my in laws had already agreed to receive a group Seeing this family we decided that we couldn t hesitate any longer Our older children 15 and 14 encouraged us to accept We can make room they said We will organize the house differently and we can get help Given the urgency of the situation France has facilitated the granting of asylum to Eastern Christians Administrative procedures were easy So far it has been an extraordinary adventure Bassam and Raghad and their three children arrived shortly after thanks to our endorsement with the consulate We prepared rooms for them in our house and we planned out our time together Of course they do not speak French but fortunately Bassam s father was an English teacher in Iraq and so we can communicate They arrived on a Saturday which I ll never forget We were all very excited We feel very close to them we are united by baptism I have often put myself in their situation and I see that

    Original URL path: http://www.opusdei.org/en-us/article/bassam-and-raghad-welcome-home/ (2016-02-15)
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  • "Less screen, more family" - Opus Dei
    screen more family Interview with Joanną Raczyńską who lives in Poland The mother of two children she is a graphic designer and writes several blogs Personal testimonies April 10 2015 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle You write blogs on various topics and have several Facebook pages The computer is also the main instrument for your professional work Could we say that computers are your passion laughing My passion is my family and art but my husband Marcin is a programmer and we both enjoy spending time in front of the computer and discovering bit by bit the possibilities the Internet offers I find inspiration there for my work and also many opportunities to help bring other people closer to God Thanks to the Internet I can share with others my ideas and my vision of the world In recent years much has been said about the dangers of the Internet Not only because of some harmful content but also because it can so easily create a dependency How can children be protected from these dangers On the one hand children need to be protected by installing filters selecting suitable programs and limiting the time spent on the web Parents also need to teach children to choose wisely and not to give in to whims Children quickly become attached to the computer or tablet And the more exciting a computer game is the more easily a child gets drawn in and becomes addicted That s why we try to choose games that teach logic where no one shoots anyone or flees from anyone We also pay attention to the graphic content making sure that it s done with good taste and is suited to the child s age The parents good example is also very important and demands a lot from them What does this involve in your case This is one of the areas where I see most clearly the benefits of the Christian and human formation I receive in Opus Dei Thanks to this help I am very aware that time is a treasure God has given me and that I need to make good use of it to serve others and not waste it by thinking only about myself In Opus Dei I have found the inspiration needed to fight to have a strong will in order to persevere in battling my defects doing so with a sporting spirit being defeated and then starting again setting small goals always keeping my sense of humor and not getting discouraged at my falls You have organized a social campaign entitled Less screen more family Could you list some of its goals I m a great defender of the advantages the Internet offers As I already said I am very active on the web But one s family requires special attention Therefore some suggestions I offer others are Less time in front of the screen more time for others Fewer social networks more authentic human relationships Less television more board

    Original URL path: http://www.opusdei.org/en-us/article/less-screen-more-family/ (2016-02-15)
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  • "People here are always giving thanks" - Opus Dei
    thanks Isabel Covarrubias a teacher from Santiago Chile is spending this semester helping out at Kimlea Technical Training Centre in Kenya Personal testimonies Aug 8 2014 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle Kimlea began under the impetus of Alvaro del Portillo explains Franki Gikandi who directs the center He was seeking to fulfill faithfully the desires of St Josemaria by starting institutions all over the world that would serve people from all social backgrounds This center for the formation of women lies in a rural area about 20 miles from Nairobi To date more than twelve thousand women have received assistance at Kimlea which is a corporate work of Opus Dei Attached to the school is an outpatient health facility that provides medical assistance to the local people Isabel lives with Florence a cooperator of Opus Dei in Limuru a village about 20 minutes from Kimlea At the school she gives classes in basic computer skills to the teachers and students as well as to a group of mothers from the surrounding area The Kenyans call her Njery and she has already learned a few words in the local dialect Kikuyo What led you to spend this semester at Kimlea I studied Pedagogy at the Catholic University in Chile and now I m working as a teacher in the Colegio Los Andes I help organize a social program there that provides assistance to various projects in Santiago and I ve had the experience that helping others is very enriching I m hoping that by getting to know a country that is so different from my own I will also learn new things to help me in my work back in Chile So I m here trying to be useful and also to learn What role does the Catholic Church play in countries such as Kenya where there is so much material and spiritual need What has really impressed me is that although you see a lot of poverty here the people always feel blessed by God Sustained by prayer and Mass on Sunday they are always giving thanks even if it s just because God has given them another day of life The Church s presence here is very evident with many Catholic institutions and missions trying to solve all the infinite needs that one finds in Africa The people here feel supported by the material and spiritual assistance provided by other Catholics Would you advise a friend to repeat your experience Africa is a place that needs a lot of help One comes here to be useful and make use of one s knowledge but at the same time the local culture and people end up giving you much more than what you give Besides life in Chile is so hectic that the experience of living in a distant place can help you to disconnect and see everything differently You come to see what s really important in life The people here are incredible The lady I m living

    Original URL path: http://www.opusdei.org/en-us/article/people-here-are-always-giving-thanks/ (2016-02-15)
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  • From Shanghai to Rome - Opus Dei
    be baptized soon Personal testimonies May 12 2015 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle Hi my name is Yiran and I want to tell you the story of my life I was born in China in a city close to Shanghai My great grandmother was the only Christian in my family all the others were atheists She brought me as a young child to her evangelical Church where I began learning something about the Christian faith When I was 14 I moved to Spain to a small town in Cantabria Since I couldn t find any evangelical Christians there I lost contact with the faith When the time came to begin studying at the university I decided to major in chemical engineering without knowing much about it in advance as I like challenges and science has always appealed to me There I met Fernando a Mexican Japanese boy and I began going out with him I soon came to see how he lived his Catholic faith and how he had learned to pray in his family On getting to know his family better I experienced their strong unity and affection Although I m no longer going out with Fernando this was a first step in my discovering the Church and overcoming some of my prejudices towards Catholics In my second year at university I met Inés a very normal girl who was fun to be with We became good friends and after some time she told me that she was a numerary in Opus Dei I was so surprised My idea of a person dedicated to God in the Catholic Church was someone boring and sad but I saw that this couldn t be further from the truth After a few months Inés invited me to a university group organized by people of Opus Dei There I began to attend some classes of Christian formation though rather than classes it would be more accurate to call them dialogues where we exchanged ideas and I brought up all the doubts I had about the faith and the Church I have a great desire to know more to discover the why of things My interest in the Catholic Church was simply curiosity and I was still far from considering conversion But after a while I began to take a more personal interest in the faith and started attending some more substantive talks where Ana another girl I had gotten to know spoke to us about the Catholic faith and teachings and helped me to overcome my concerns about the Church One day Ana recommended that I read Rome Sweet Home a book in which Scott Hahn who had been a Protestant pastor recounts how he came to ask to be received in the Catholic Church The truth is I didn t have even a minute free to read it with all the demands on me from my studies my work keeping up my blog on cooking So I returned the book to

    Original URL path: http://www.opusdei.org/en-us/article/from-shanghai-to-rome/ (2016-02-15)
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  • "My 'super-abled' daughter" - Opus Dei
    says that with faith in God s Providence confronting this reality brings with it great rewards Personal testimonies March 26 2015 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle I once heard someone say that having a child with Down Syndrome is like preparing with great eagerness for a trip to Florence and then after taking off on the plane having the pilot tell you that you will be landing in Holland Well Holland also has wonderful sights to see and beautiful countryside and cities to visit In our case after initial moments of trepidation and some tears my wife and I tried to embrace our tiny new Dutch daughter Although we didn t know how it would all work out we said this is her home God has sent her to us so it must be for something good So no more negative thoughts and let s get to work An unexpected problem we soon confronted was that like many children with this condition our daughter had a serious organic disorder as well as her psychological limitations The doctor told us that she seemed to have a small hole in her heart that would have to be watched closely Sometimes these situations resolve themselves but if not an operation will be needed In Angela s case it soon became clear that she would have to undergo surgery Luckily the surgery was a success and she recovered quickly her appetite soon improved and she was able to undertake her physical therapy exercises without becoming tired so quickly When she turned three we began to consider what school Angela should attend A special school or integrate her in a normal one In the end we decided to send her to Entreolivos like her sisters The staff at this school begun by concerned parents who are members of Opus Dei like myself and friends of theirs showed great willingness to adapt to a situation they had very little experience with Training was provided to teachers on how to tailor classes and learning material to Angela s special situation and her incorporation in the school has been a great success I also became involved in the Seville Down Syndrome Association and have gotten to know many other parents with children in this situation We share our experiences and pass on tips on how to educate our children better I could tell you some very edifying stories about parents overcoming difficulties that sometimes are truly quite daunting I think having faith in God s Providence is a big advantage in confronting this reality Personally I don t like the term disabled for children with this condition While it s true that learning for them presents special challenges they are like little tortoises who go more slowly but who with patience and perseverance can go quite far in other areas they a clearly super able And these are in the most important areas in life that help so much to make the life of those around them

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  • Blueprint for a Happy Marriage - Opus Dei
    Dei Message Activities Opus Dei in the U S Organization History People in Opus Dei Priestly Society of the Holy Cross Cooperators Canonization causes Books and texts Videos about Opus Dei Safe Environment The Prelate Biography Pastoral letters Other documents News From the Pope Recent News From the Prelate Personal testimonies Social initiatives Saint Josemaría Biography Prayers and devotions Teachings of Saint Josemaría About Saint Josemaría Videos Christian life Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search Close News Personal testimonies Blueprint for a Happy Marriage Three Australians share their memories of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo s fatherly warmth and the encouragement he gave to married couples Personal testimonies Jan 3 2014 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle Sydney homemaker mother and teacher Genevieve McCaughan had the memorable experience of meeting with Don Alvaro several times during her honeymoon in Europe with her husband University of Sydney physicist James McCaughan During our honeymoon in 1983 James and I received the great gift of three unforgettable encounters with Don Alvaro On the first occasion we had a twenty minute personal meeting with him at Villa Tevere in Rome where he outlined what I have come to regard as a blueprint for a happy marriage First Don Alvaro told us to remember that we both had defects and that in order to love each other selflessly we needed to love those defects as well provided of course the defects were not things that would offend God Second Don Alvaro reminded us to not allow little things to become big things because the devil easily gets in through little things Third Don Alvaro told us to never let a day end being angry with each other to always make up first And finally he told us that the one who feels they are right in an argument must always apologise first This blueprint has stayed with my husband and me over the past 30 years of our marriage and to this day we find ourselves learning how to live it better each day During another encounter Don Alvaro told us that he had prayed for us asking our Lady to crown us with many children We now have eleven Your path to heaven has a name the name of your spouse Don Alvaro visited Australia and New Zealand in 1987 During a gathering with married people he told those present that their path to heaven had a name the name of their spouse Two supernumerary members of Opus Dei reflect here on the impact that his words had on them Angela Quinn qualified speech pathologist special needs teacher and mother of 12 recalls I ll never forget when Don Alvaro said those words Over the years when I have been really mad at my husband I remember and I think This is no good I have to get over this I have to forgive him and face the

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  • Opus Dei - Archive - Personal testimonies
    History People in Opus Dei Priestly Society of the Holy Cross Cooperators Canonization causes Books and texts Videos about Opus Dei Safe Environment The Prelate Biography Pastoral letters Other documents News From the Pope Recent News From the Prelate Personal testimonies Social initiatives Saint Josemaría Biography Prayers and devotions Teachings of Saint Josemaría About Saint Josemaría Videos Christian life Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search Close Archive Personal testimonies All About Opus Dei The Prelate News Saint Josemaría Christian life Press room There are 152 results for Personal testimonies Stories of St Josemaria s Intercession My husband was baptized Catholic but had never received any of the other sacraments None of our four children nor I had ever been baptized Personal testimonies 01 27 2016 play It was worth it Jorge Rojas and Maria Esther Goldsack met at a university in Chile and have been married for 41 years They reflect on what s helped them to keep their marriage alive and fruitful including in ways that have had a real social impact beyond their family home A new video in the series Marriage a Divine Path on Earth Personal testimonies 01 15 2016 A Long Tradition of Service Peter Bradshaw a university student who lives in Warrane College in Sydney Australia recounts his experiences helping out in a home for the elderly and in a city shelter Personal testimonies 12 28 2015 Bassam and Raghad Welcome Home Olivia and Thimothée have seven children and live in a small village in France They have welcomed a family of Iraqi Christians into their home Bassam and Raghad with their three children aged 9 7 and 3 years old who were forced to flee Karakoch in August Personal testimonies 10 26 2015 play I carry with me The Way and The Forge Tim Smyczek who was praised by Rafa Nadal for his surprising sportsmanship talks about the importance of faith for his life as a tennis pro in a recent National Catholic Register interview Personal testimonies 08 30 2015 A close knit team In Abidjan in Ivory Coast parents and teachers are working together closely to build a school that reinforces the values learned at home Personal testimonies 08 06 2015 Never stop working on your marriage Emily Marcucci a Harvard grad from Massachusetts who has been married for 15 years and has 8 children talks about the challenges and joys of raising a large family Personal testimonies 07 06 2015 From Shanghai to Rome Yiran was born in China in a city near Shanghai Reading Scott Hahn s Rome Sweet Home gave her the final push she needed to decide to be baptized soon Personal testimonies 05 12 2015 With a large family we ll never be alone Daniel Plazek is a sales engineer from Pittsburgh PA He and his wife Luisa have 7 children one of whom Kathryn is a numerary in Opus

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