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A Fun Way to Welcome the Pope

Pope Francis will be visiting the United States for the first time as Pope from September 22-27, 2015. He will visit Washington D.C, New York City, and Philadelphia. He will also become the first Pope to address a joint session of Congress, and will participate [...]
Tags: cheerfulness, Youth, Pope, Love, family, US, Internet, Facebook, twitter, Pope Francis

So that other people won't worry

Video. Fr Ernesto Garcia lived in Rome for several years with St Josemaria, founder of Opus Dei. He tells how St Josemaria was concerned when he saw him looking tired, and recommended him not only to rest, but to look cheerful, "so that other people [...]
Tags: cheerfulness, Priesthood, family, Father, Josemaria Escriva

Life's difficulties

Asked how to face up to life’s difficulties and not turn to alcohol for escape, St Josemaria recommended turning to God, “an all-powerful Father”.
Tags: Joy, cheerfulness, Divine sonship, difficulties

Teacher of cheerfulness

Interview with Fr Jose Luis Soria Jose Luis Soria was a doctor who first met St Josemaria in 1953. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1956 and from then until St Josemaria’s death in 1975 he lived and worked with him in Rome. Fr Soria [...]
Tags: cheerfulness, Divine sonship


"We must bring people together, we must understand others, we must make allowances. Never put up a cross just to keep alive the memory that some people have killed others. Such a cross would betoken the devil. Christ 's Cross is to keep silent, to [...]
Tags: Repentance, cheerfulness, Understanding, Contrition, Peace

Msgr Clavell's testimony

Msgr Lluis Clavell, president of the Pontifical Academy of St Thomas Aquinas, recalls St Josemaria whom he met in 1970.
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The joy of being with the Founder of Opus Dei

The joy of Saint Josemaria and the other members of the Work also impressed me deeply from the time of my first contact with Opus Dei. What I saw was not something merely natural. Saint Josemaria had written, “The cheerfulness you should have is not [...]
Tags: Joy, cheerfulness, Charity

The Communicator

The following extracts are taken from El Hombre de Villa Tevere by Pilar Urbano, a book about the founder of Opus Dei. The author highlights St Josemaría’s capacity for getting through to everyone without distinction, making friends with them and putting them in direct contact [...]
Tags: Friendship, Apostolate, cheerfulness

Holy humorist

Much has been written, and is being written, about Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei. But there is a side to him that is rarely commented on, but was noticed by his contemporaries. It was his good humor. I was reminded of it recently when [...]
Tags: Abandonment to God, Joy, cheerfulness