Number of articles: 293

A firefighter and spiritual direction

Testimony of Paul Ybarra, a Los Angeles firefighter for nearly twenty years. He has three children, two of them adopted.

Personal testimonies

“Looking after my family is truly professional work.”

“The knowledge that I’m a much-loved daughter of God, my “divine filiation”, and that everything that happens to me is either willed or permitted by God, gives me a wonderful feeling of security, a great peace.” Testimony of Virginia McGough, homemaker in Cheshire, Great Britain, married with five children between 5 and 13.

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“I rediscovered that I could have a personal relationship with God”

James Burfitt comes from Sydney, Australia. A school teacher for nearly 20 years, he also writes film reviews in a magazine for families.

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“I found St. Josemaría’s enthusiasm catching.”

Testimony of Petra Herold of Forchheim, Germany. She studied physics and mathematics, and is now married with four children.

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“I Found Consolation in Confession and Communion.”

Ann Jose Varavukala moved to the United States from New Delhi, India because her autistic son needed special education. The writings of St. Josemaría helped her to accept her son’s condition and to find consolation in the sacraments.

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Put love in the small activities of each day

“A child bangs a door. I call him or her back - ‘Open the door and shut it softly and say, "Jesus, I love you".’” Vickie Amugela, from Nairobi, Kenya, is the mother of five children. She has two full-time jobs, schoolteacher and homemaker.

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“He taught me to pray as a close friend of Jesus Christ.”

The following comments are from Bobo Lee Yuen chun, an insurance agent in Hong Kong. Her husband Brian is a property manager.

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I resolved to smile more

Interview with Roger Bissonnette, car mechanic and school bus driver, Besner & Bissonnette Inc. He is married with two adult children.

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“St. Josemaría helped me see my work as service”

“I phoned a friend to tell him I had discovered a treasure which I wanted to share with him.” Testimony of Patrick Utomi, a lecturer in business studies and a consultant in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Jose María Casciaro: “It’s worthwhile”

Father Jose María Casciaro, Associate Professor of Semitic Philology at the University of Madrid, died in Pamplona on March 8. He had lived in Madrid with the founder of Opus Dei during a considerable part of the years between 1939 and 1942. His recollections of those years crystallized in a book published in 1998, whose title “It’s worthwhile” is even more relevant today.

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