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The Story of Strathmore University

Video. Strathmore College in Kenya was started in 1961, right around the time that Kenya was becoming independent. St. Josemaria encouraged those who were starting the university to resist racial tensions, and insisted that they start an inter-racial school. As he liked to put it, [...]
Tags: Apostolate, Education, Formation, University, school, development, enterprise, equality, lay, lay mentality, Video-clip, Kenya, Josemaria Escriva, first members, Video, Character, Christians in the middle of the world, Africa

My Life Opened to the Beauty of Life Itself

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 [...]
Tags: Abandonment to God, Family and work, Faith, Divine sonship, Formation, Children, Freedom, Marriage, Character, trust, family, happiness, Women, Philippines, Josemaria Escriva, Pope Francis

Thanks to St. Josemaria for bringing me to the catholic faith

Through knowing the Catholic Faith I decided to become a Catholic. Meeting Christ and Learning the Catholic faith My first encounter with Christ was when I was studying in a Christian primary school in Macau. I joined some Christian spiritual activities because of some difficulties, disappointments, [...]
Tags: Conversion, Faith, Formation, Holiness

Pope Francis to workers: not having a job takes away dignity

Pope Francis met with nearly 600 workers affected by the economic crisis in Molise. He listed attentively as they shared their experiences. They included a pregnant mother, concerned with the future of her children. WORKER "Throughout the years, my job has given me the chance to look [...]
Tags: Formation, Dignity, Job, Pope Francis

St Josemaria gave me the certainty that God is a Father

The following is an interview with Maddalena Vintini from Verona, Italy. A lawyer, she and her husband Gianluca have three children. She has belonged to the Opus Dei Prelature for nearly 30 years. In 2011 she gave up her law work to become head-teacher at [...]
Tags: February 14 , Passionately Loving the World, Family and work, Formation, Upbringing, Women, Opus Dei members

I went in search of beauty and found God

I was 25 when I packed my bags and went to Valencia, Spain. My excuse was that I wanted to do an MA in architecture. I say “excuse”, because my real aim was to get away, wherever. I wasn’t happy and I needed a change. [...]
Tags: Conversion, Faith, Formation, Year of Faith

Formation, a constant job

Formation, a constant job There is an urgent need for spreading the doctrine of Christ. Store up your training, fill yourself with clear ideas, with the fullness of the Christian message, so that afterwards you can pass it on to others. —Don’t expect God to illuminate you, for [...]
Tags: Study, Faith, Formation, Catechesis, Year of Faith

Like the first Christians

On the anniversary of Opus Dei's founding, the Prelate has written an extensive pastoral letter on the importance of formation for the spiritual life and the new evangelization. "The easiest way to understand Opus Dei is to consider the life of the early Christians. They lived [...]
Tags: Formation, Javier Echevarria, letter from the Prelate

I saw three hundred, three hundred thousand, thirty million, three thousand million…

At the beginning of 1933 St Josemaria gave the first of what would afterwards be called "St Raphael circles". The St Raphael circles or classes are the axis of all the other Christian formational activities organized by Opus Dei for young people on the human, [...]
Tags: Spiritual guidance, Doctrine, Formation, History, Youth, Catechesis

Yes, God is my father! He can’t leave me now

Virginia is a Co-operator of Opus Dei and writes from Hong Kong about the intercession of St. Josemaria and her son’s illness. My son Guillermo has total agenesis of the corpus callosum. The diagnosis was made during my pregnancy and was accompanied by various complications that [...]
Tags: Abandonment to God, Gratitude, Sickness, Formation