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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

Good humor

“Happy?” The question made me think. Words have not yet been invented to express all that we feel — in the heart and in the will — when we know ourselves to be children of God. Furrow, 61 We will never achieve true supernatural and human [...]
Tags: Joy, Charity, Optimism, Interior life

My daughter, don’t take any more photos of me – pray for me!

Helena Serrano is from Cordoba, Spain. She lived and worked in Rome for over twenty years, very close to St Josemaria. During that time, with his encouragement, she developed a special aptitude for photography, and recorded part of the history of Opus Dei with her [...]
Tags: Joy, Naturalness, Opus Dei, Piety, numerary

University of Toronto Congress about Saint Josemaría

Inspired by Saint Josemaría’s message, a number of different people who are working to improve the human and spiritual conditions of the poor met for the second year running for a conference called “Sowers of Peace and Joy” held at Brennan Hall, University of Toronto, [...]
Tags: Joy, Citizenship, Peace, Solidarity

The Resurrection of Our Lord

When evening fell on the Sabbath, Mary Magdalen and Mary, the mother of James, and Salome bought spices that, going, they might anoint the dead body of Jesus. Very early on the following day, when the sun has already risen, they come to the sepulcher [...]
Tags: Joy, Gospel, Jesus Christ, Easter

4th Luminous Mystery: The Transfiguration

Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James and his brother John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves, and was transfigured before them. And his face shone as the sun, and his garments became white as snow. And behold, there appeared to [...]
Tags: Joy, Heaven

1st Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation

But Mary said to the angel, “How shall this happen, since I do not know man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee; and therefore the Holy [...]
Tags: Joy, Holy Rosary, Our Lady

The joy of serving others

Forget about yourself. May your ambition be to live for your brothers alone, for souls, for the Church; in one word, for God. Furrow, 630 When you have finished your work, do your brother’s, helping him, for Christ’s sake, so tactfully and so naturally that no one [...]
Tags: Joy, Charity, Service

Faithfulness to God

I like the motto: “Let each wayfarer follow his way,” the road God has marked out for him, to be followed faithfully, lovingly, even though it is hard. Furrow, 231 Your steadfastness in faith, purity and the way God has marked out for you is [...]
Tags: Joy, Faithfulness, Pope, Vocation

Christian Hope

Heaven is the final destination of our path on earth. Jesus has gone ahead of us and awaits us there, in the company of Our Lady and of St. Joseph, whom I so much revere, and of all the angels and saints. Friends of God, [...]
Tags: Joy, Faith, Divine sonship, Optimism