BREVE HISTORIA DE UN SECUESTRO

"Siempre tuve paz, sostenido por la oración de tantos amigos y amigas". 
Eran las palabras del doctor José Manuel Machimbarrena, el médico español que ha permanecido dos semanas secuestrado en Nigeria, país en el que lleva 30 años ejerciendo su profesión.
Numerario del Opus Dei, Machimbarrena ha preferido no dar detalles de cómo vivió su secuestro, pero sí ha querido hacer hincapié en que el saber que miles de personas rezaban por él, lo llenaba de paz. En el Opus Dei hay una costumbre y es rezar una oración -el Acordaos- por las personas que más lo necesitan en cada momento.En este tiempo, este médico de origen vasco y de familia en Cartagena sabía que miles de personas rezaban a diario desde cualquier parte del mundo por él.
 Además, ha recibido otras muchas oraciones porque la noticia se difundió rápidamente a través de los medios.Al terminar el secuestro, Machimbarrena prefirió no hacer declaraciones pero sí quiso emitir una carta de agradecimiento a las muchas personas que se han interesado por su situación durante el tiempo que ha estado retenido. 
En esas letras explica que, como aprendió de san Josemaría Escrivá, sus secuestradores serán "gentes que han crecido en un ambiente en el que no conocieron la fraternidad y caridad cristianas o, simplemente, han perdido una característica esencial de la cultura nigeriana: el respeto mutuo y la solidaridad". 
Por eso expresa su deseo de seguir trabajando en Nigeria "para que estos valores crezcan". Sabe que siempre contará con cientos de oraciones.
SIGUE CON EL ACORDAOS…

THE TERRORIST

Little Leroy came into the kitchen where his mother was making dinner. 

His birthday was coming up and he thought this was a good time to tell his mother what he wanted. "Mom, I want a bike for my birthday."
 Little Leroy was a bit of a trouble maker. He had gotten into trouble at school and at home. 
Leroy’s mother asked him if he thought he deserved to get a bike for his birthday. Little Leroy, of course, thought he did. Leroy’s mother, being a Christian woman, wanted Leroy to reflect on his behavior over the last year. 
"Go to your room, Leroy, and think about how you have behaved this year. Then write a letter to God and tell him why you deserve a bike for your birthday."

Changing up (prayer and other helps)

Charged Up

 It was a Saturday afternoon, 
Mark kissed me and the kids good-by, and was out the door.
 He was on his way to Church to meet with his friend, and band member Mike, to practice for an upcoming concert. 
Minutes after he went out the door, he was back inside. 
He said that the station wagon wouldn’t start. The battery was dead, no lights, no radio, nothing. 
At first I couldn’t understand what could have happened. I was the last to drive it a few days earlier. 
As I thought back, I had a faint memory of my two young boys playing with the over-head reading lights.
 I must not have paid enough attention, and left them on. 
Mark pulled the van around and hooked up the jumper cables. I tried turning over the engine in the station wagon, all I got was clicking noises. "
Try again", Mark said, …more clicking noises. 
We let it charge awhile, revving up the van a little.
 I tried it again, this time along with the clicking, was the sound of the radio. 
More waiting while it charged, then another try, it came very close to starting, another try, and thank God, it started! 
Now it comes a thought good for moments of reflection (long recollections, Lent…)

Rezar, citas

  • " El hombre no reza para dar a Dios una orientación, sino para orientarse debidamente a sí mismo. "
    • San Agustín (354-439) Obispo y filósofo.
  • " Para aprender a rezar no hay como viajar por mar. 
  • Proverbio inglés

Children's Letters to God

Children’s Letters to God

Dear GOD,
In school they told us what You do. Who does it when You are on vacation?
-Jane Dear GOD,
I read the Bible. What does begat mean? Nobody will tell me. 
Love, Alison Dear GOD,
Are you really invisible or is that just a trick?
-Lucy Dear GOD,
Is it true my father won’t get in Heaven if he uses his bowling words in the house?
-Anita Dear GOD,
Did you mean for the giraffe to look like that or was it an accident?
-Norma Dear GOD,
Instead of letting people die and having to make new ones, why don’t You just keep the ones You have now?
-Jane Dear GOD,
Who draws the lines around the countries?
-Nan Dear GOD,
I went to this wedding and they kissed right in church. Is that okay?
-Neil Dear GOD,
What does it mean You are a Jealous God? I thought You had everything.
-Jane Dear GOD,
Did you really mean "do unto others as they do unto you"? Because if you did, then I’m going to fix my brother.
-Darla Dear GOD,
Thank you for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy.
-Joyce Dear GOD,
It rained for our whole vacation and is my father mad! He said some things about You that people are not supposed to say, but I hope You will not hurt him anyway. 
Your friend — (But I am not going to tell you who I am) Dear GOD,
Why is Sunday school on Sunday?
I thought it was supposed to be our day of rest.
-Tom L. Dear GOD,
Please send me a pony. I never asked for anything before, You can look it up.
-Bruce Dear GOD,
If we come back as something – please don’t let me be Jennifer Horton because I hate her.
-Denise Dear GOD,
If You give me a genie lamp like Aladin, I will give you anything you want, except my money or my chess set.
-Raphael Dear GOD,
My brother is a rat. You should give him a tail. Ha ha.
-Danny Dear GOD,
Maybe Cain and Abel would not kill each other so much if they had their own rooms. It works with my brother.
-Larry Dear GOD,
I want to be just like my Daddy when I get big but not with so much hair all over.
-Sam Dear GOD,
You don’t have to worry about me. I always look both ways.
-Dean Dear GOD,
I think the stapler is one of your greatest inventions.
-Ruth M. Dear GOD,
I think about You sometimes even when I’m not praying.
-Elliott Dear GOD,
I bet it is very hard for You to love all of everybody in the whole world. There are only 4 people in our family and I can never do it.
-Nan Dear GOD,
Of all the people who work for You I like Noah and David the best.
-Rob Dear GOD,
My brother told me about being born but it doesn’t sound right. They’re just kidding, aren’t they?
-Marsha Dear GOD,
If You watch me in church Sunday, I’ll show You my new shoes.
-Mickey D. Dear GOD,
I would like to live 900 years like the guy in the Bible. 
Love, Chris Dear GOD,
We read Thomas Edison made light. But in school they said You did it. So I bet he stoled your idea.
-Sincerely, Donna Dear GOD:
The bad people laughed at Noah – "You made an ark on dry land you fool." But he was smart, he stuck with You. That’s what I would do.
-Eddie Dear GOD,
I do not think anybody could be a better GOD. Well, I just want You to know but I am not just saying that because You are GOD already.
-Charles Dear GOD,
I didn’t think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset you made on Tuesday. That was cool!
-Eugene 

DOES PRAYER CHANGE THINGS?

Does Prayer Change Things? 
They say that prayer changes things, but does it REALLY change anything? 
Oh yes! It really does! 
 Does prayer change your present situation or sudden circumstances? No, not always, but it does change the way you look at those events. 
Does prayer change your financial future? No, not always, but it does change who you look to for meeting your daily needs. 
Does prayer change shattered hearts or broken bodies? No, not always, but it will change your source of strength and comfort. 
Does prayer change your wants and desires? No, not always, but it will change your wants into what God desires! 
Does prayer change how you view the world? No, not always, but it will change whose eyes you see the world through. 
Does prayer change your regrets from the past? No, not always, but it will change your hopes for the future! 
Does prayer change the people around you? No, not always, but it will change you~ the problem isn’t always in others. 
Does prayer change your life in ways you can’t explain? Oh, yes, always! And it will change you from the inside out! 
So does prayer REALLY change ANYTHING? Yes! 
It REALLY does change EVERYTHING! — Teressa Vowell

La oración más corta

A veces no hace falta que aprendan
nombres técnicos. Pablo, de 4º (9 años), que todavía no puede ser socio
pero que busca cualquier resquicio para asistir a las actividades. El
preceptor hablando con él, que no sabía lo que significaba la palabra
jaculatoria, le preguntó cuál era la oración más corta que sabía: -
Pues es -dijo Pablo- Recemos por el Santo Padre Juan Pablo II: El Señor
le conserve y le dé vida, le haga feliz en la tierra y no le entregue
en manos de sus enemigos.
Luego aprendió otra más corta todavía: Señor
aparta de mí lo que me aparte de Ti
. Estoy seguro de que Pablo se
sorprendería de saber que ya dice jaculatorias, comentaba el preceptor.

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