OneBillionStories.com – One Billion Stories https://onebillionstories.com Hope Lives Mon, 01 Jan 2018 17:26:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Present in Time https://onebillionstories.com/present-in-time/ https://onebillionstories.com/present-in-time/#respond Mon, 01 Jan 2018 03:28:06 +0000 https://onebillionstories.com/?p=24818 “The watches I wear have a spring inside of them, and the spring creates tension. The built up tension is what makes the watch work. It reminds me of the tension I have in my own life, the tension between sanctity and sinfulness. The tension enables the watch to do what it’s supposed to do. […]

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“The watches I wear have a spring inside of them, and the spring creates tension. The built up tension is what makes the watch work. It reminds me of the tension I have in my own life, the tension between sanctity and sinfulness. The tension enables the watch to do what it’s supposed to do. It’s made for one reason, it’s made to mark time. I’m made for one reason too, we’re all made for the purpose of getting to God.” – Richard

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Building Virtue on the Court https://onebillionstories.com/building-virtue-court/ https://onebillionstories.com/building-virtue-court/#respond Wed, 29 Nov 2017 22:37:55 +0000 https://onebillionstories.com/?p=24780 When I was a little kid I played soccer, like every other kid in Spain. But I was tall. People often asked me, ‘why don’t you play basketball?’ Eventually, I made the leap into basketball, and began to take my training seriously. A year later I was chosen to play with the Real Madrid team, […]

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When I was a little kid I played soccer, like every other kid in Spain. But I was tall. People often asked me, ‘why don’t you play basketball?’ Eventually, I made the leap into basketball, and began to take my training seriously. A year later I was chosen to play with the Real Madrid team, and played one season with them. After that I joined the San Agustín team, and I played several years there at a high level on a national stage. When I was 17, I was at a youth group meeting…“Cursillos de Cristiandad.” While we were in adoration, for the first time in my life…

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Made With My Own Bare Hands https://onebillionstories.com/made-bare-hands/ https://onebillionstories.com/made-bare-hands/#comments Wed, 15 Nov 2017 23:46:13 +0000 https://onebillionstories.com/?p=24762 “Boards don’t always want to cooperate, they’re not like plastic. When you cut plastic it’s exactly the way you want it, without knots or cracks. Dealing with the knots and imperfections takes patience. With parenting, it’s similar to woodworking, there has to be patience. Since launching the business, our parents have played a big role. […]

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“Boards don’t always want to cooperate, they’re not like plastic. When you cut plastic it’s exactly the way you want it, without knots or cracks. Dealing with the knots and imperfections takes patience. With parenting, it’s similar to woodworking, there has to be patience.
Since launching the business, our parents have played a big role. They would get nervous when I said: ‘Geoffrey’s going to quit graduate school and do woodworking full-time.’ So we had tell our parents, ‘well you raised us this way, to value our family and faith, and to put that first.’ My first shop was in my parent’s basement, where they had to listen to the machines all the time. They would stay up until one in the morning sometimes helping me finish a table.”

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The Iron Lung and Mother Mary https://onebillionstories.com/iron-lung-mother-mary/ https://onebillionstories.com/iron-lung-mother-mary/#comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 21:31:02 +0000 https://onebillionstories.com/?p=24754 It was 1949, in Denver Colorado, during the Polio epidemic when Mary Jane was stricken with bulbar polio, at that time a deadly disease. She was placed in a large machine called an “iron lung” that helped her to breathe and stay alive. Despite the doctors best efforts, the iron lung was shut off on […]

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It was 1949, in Denver Colorado, during the Polio epidemic when Mary Jane was stricken with bulbar polio, at that time a deadly disease. She was placed in a large machine called an “iron lung” that helped her to breathe and stay alive. Despite the doctors best efforts, the iron lung was shut off on August the 15th, 1949. Mary Jane was pronounced dead.

That same morning, Mary Jane’s parents attended Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption, during which, they placed a dozen white roses at the altar of the Blessed Mother. Upon returning to the hospital and hearing the news of Mary Jane’s death, Mary’s mother Cleva, replied, “No, she isn’t.” Cleva bent down over Mary Jane, kissed her on the forehead, and said, “Mary, open your pretty blue eyes, I haven’t seen them yet this morning.” Mary Jane heard the words of her mother Cleva, and opened her eyes.

During the time of Mary Jane’s death experience, she encountered our Lord and His Blessed Mother. She felt the warmth of their love all around, and humbly offered herself to them and committed to pray the rosary everyday of her life in thanksgiving for the many gifts God had given her. A commitment she has upheld since that very day.

Several years later, Mary Jane would meet the “perfect partner,” and together they have cherished the gift of their Catholic faith by praying the rosary together everyday.

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Blessed James Alberione inspires Media Missionaries https://onebillionstories.com/blessed-alberione-calls-media-missionaries/ https://onebillionstories.com/blessed-alberione-calls-media-missionaries/#respond Mon, 14 Aug 2017 21:42:50 +0000 https://onebillionstories.com/?p=24748 Fr. Domie De Guzman’s journey of faith began when his parents dedicated him to God on the altar table just after being baptized as a baby. As a young man, Domie became a student of AB Journalism, but became sick during his studies, which made him stop and think whether he was following God’s plan […]

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Fr. Domie De Guzman’s journey of faith began when his parents dedicated him to God on the altar table just after being baptized as a baby. As a young man, Domie became a student of AB Journalism, but became sick during his studies, which made him stop and think whether he was following God’s plan for his life. Through his own discernment, he was eventually led to the Society of Saint Paul, whose Founder is Blessed James Alberione. Not yet convinced that he was on the right path, he had a special challenge which he gave to God.

He narrates his journey in parallel with that of Blessed James Alberione, who did not immediately find his vocation to the Media Apostolate early in life. He shares the Blessed’s maxim, “when the Lord calls you to a certain mission, he would empower you.” Blessed Ablerione said through his work in media, that “The World is the Parish” when it came to the Ministry of a media Apostolate and Evangelization. Fr. Domie further explains that media is no longer technology, but a culture, where the bonding of Faith happens with communications, which forms individuals into communities of Faith.

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A Heart Pierced by the Lord https://onebillionstories.com/heart-pierced-lord/ https://onebillionstories.com/heart-pierced-lord/#respond Fri, 30 Jun 2017 18:38:59 +0000 https://onebillionstories.com/?p=24738 Connect with FOCUS “The Lives of the Saints” provide us with inspiration to always SEEK Jesus Christ. Everyday, we have a chance to interact with stories, real people, who are pursuing a friendship with Jesus, like the Saints. Through these modern day stories and friendships in the real world, we are able to strive together […]

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Connect with FOCUS

“The Lives of the Saints” provide us with inspiration to always SEEK Jesus Christ. Everyday, we have a chance to interact with stories, real people, who are pursuing a friendship with Jesus, like the Saints. Through these modern day stories and friendships in the real world, we are able to strive together to live like the Saints. The story in this film, of a heart being pierced by the Lord, is a reminder for all, that we must not be afraid to reach out to others with our stories, and our very lives. Through friendship, adoration, and confession, this young man was able to discover the purpose of life, and his life long vocation.

How has the Lord pierced your heart? Share your story in the comments below.

Have you been inspired by Craig’s story? If so, share with your social networks, and watch the Lord work.

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Uniting media apostolates for Christ on the “Digital Continent” https://onebillionstories.com/uniting-apostolates-christ-on-digital-continent/ https://onebillionstories.com/uniting-apostolates-christ-on-digital-continent/#respond Wed, 31 May 2017 19:53:00 +0000 https://onebillionstories.com/?p=24729 How do Millennials live out their faith online? There are many ways of doing this, and one specific example is Dani, a Law and Economics student studying in Madrid, Spain. His faith journey really started in 2011 when he walked the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrimage following in the footsteps of St. James, the […]

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How do Millennials live out their faith online? There are many ways of doing this, and one specific example is Dani, a Law and Economics student studying in Madrid, Spain. His faith journey really started in 2011 when he walked the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrimage following in the footsteps of St. James, the patron saint of Spain, that goes through northern Spain and ends in Santiago de Compostela. It was during this pilgrimage that Dani began the habit of praying the rosary every day. In 2015, he began collaborating with a new apostolate called Given Faith, an initiative started by a few friends of his with the mission of doing something for others and changing the world.

A year later in 2016, Dani and one of his friends were asked to lead a group of 90 pilgrims from his parish in Madrid to World Youth Day in Krakow. They traveled by bus from Madrid all the way to Krakow, Poland, and back passing through Lourdes on the way. During WYD, he and a few of his friends from Given Faith filmed short videos with their iPhones and posted them on social media in which they detailed their experiences each day. After having seen these videos, the missionaries at Jóvenes Católicos, another apostolate founded in Spain in 2011 with the mission of evangelizing on the social networks, asked Dani and his friends at Given Faith if they would like to join their two apostolates into one single mission for the glory of God and the salvation of souls. They agreed, and since then Dani has been contributing to Jóvenes Católicos, a website with a large following of young people. He explains how important it is to do this type of missionary work, about the great responsibility it is to write articles for a website with such a large following, and how he strives to live his faith authentically both online and in real life.
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¿Cómo vivir la fe en el internet? Hay muchas maneras de hacerlo, y un ejemplo concreto es Dani, un universitario que estudia derecho y economía en Madrid, España. Su vida cristiana comenzó de verdad en el año 2011 cuando hizo el Camino de Santiago, una peregrinación antigua que sigue los pasos de Santiago, el patrón de España, que pasa por el norte de España y termina en Santiago de Compostela. Durante esta peregrinación, Dani empezó a rezar el rosario diario. En el 2015, Dani empezó a trabajar de manera voluntaria con un nuevo apostolado se llama Given Faith, un apostolado creado por unos amigos de él con la idea de hacer algo por los demás y cambiar el mundo.

El año siguiente en el 2016, pidieron a Dani y a un amigo suyo si podían liderar un grupo de 90 jóvenes de su parróquia en Madrid que iban a la Jornada Mundial de la Juventud en Cracovia. Viajaron en bus ida y vuelta desde Madrid a Cracovia en Polonia, y pararon en Lourdes en ruta. Durante la JMJ, él y algunos amigos de Given Faith filmaron pequeños videos con sus iPhones que publicaron en las redes sociales en los cuales contaron su experiencia cada día allí. A través de estos videos, los jóvenes de Jóvenes Católicos, otro apostolado español fundado en el 2011 con la misión de evangelizar por las redes sociales, pidieron a Dani y a sus amigos de Given Faith si querían juntar los dos apostolados a una sola misión para la gloria de Dios y la salvación de las almas. Estaban de acuerdo, y desde entonces Dani está contibuyendo a Jóvenes Católicos, una página web con muchos seguidores. Explica la importancia de hacer este tipo de apostolado, la gran responsibilidad que se siente en escribir artículos para una página web con tantos seguidores, y cómo intenta vivir su fe de manera coherente tanto por el internet como en la vida real.

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Balancing the Spiritual Life in the Digital World https://onebillionstories.com/balancing-the-spiritual-life-in-the-digital-world/ https://onebillionstories.com/balancing-the-spiritual-life-in-the-digital-world/#respond Mon, 08 May 2017 20:32:09 +0000 https://onebillionstories.com/?p=24711 For millennial Catholics, the call to lead authentic lives in the real world and the digital world continues to become more important. As most of our activities and interactions today depend on the digital world, It is healthy to examine and reflect on our own spiritual life before we post content about our lives. Watch […]

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For millennial Catholics, the call to lead authentic lives in the real world and the digital world continues to become more important. As most of our activities and interactions today depend on the digital world, It is healthy to examine and reflect on our own spiritual life before we post content about our lives. Watch Esther’s story to learn more about how she strikes a balance between the digital world and her own spiritual life.

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Cardinal Tagle speaks on how we can find Hope in this World https://onebillionstories.com/cardinal-tagle-speaks-how-find-hope-in-this-world/ https://onebillionstories.com/cardinal-tagle-speaks-how-find-hope-in-this-world/#respond Thu, 29 Dec 2016 18:08:37 +0000 https://onebillionstories.com/?p=24681 Archbishop of Manila and Caritas Internationalis President: H.E. Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, gives his thoughts on how to cultivate a culture of encounter and hope, especially for persons with disabilities which leads to the Eucharist as its source. Oftentimes the poor, people with disabilities, and those who are labeled as the least and the last […]

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Archbishop of Manila and Caritas Internationalis President: H.E. Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, gives his thoughts on how to cultivate a culture of encounter and hope, especially for persons with disabilities which leads to the Eucharist as its source. Oftentimes the poor, people with disabilities, and those who are labeled as the least and the last are neglected. In this interview, Cardinal Tagle mentions that God gives a “special gift” to this sector of humanity. Let us then begin to reflect on his message focusing on the virtue of Hope which is also the battle cry of our mission in evangelizing and spreading the light of Christ to the Digital continent where we say: “Hope Lives!“

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When God’s plan makes no sense https://onebillionstories.com/when-god-plan-makes-no-sense/ https://onebillionstories.com/when-god-plan-makes-no-sense/#respond Sat, 17 Dec 2016 20:15:55 +0000 https://onebillionstories.com/?p=24676 This is a story we wanted to film for years. We were about to film with the storyteller, Ursula, but then the car accident happened. Considering the difficult circumstances, we had to wait a few more years before we could finally film her story. The suffering that Ursula and her family have experienced over the […]

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This is a story we wanted to film for years. We were about to film with the storyteller, Ursula, but then the car accident happened. Considering the difficult circumstances, we had to wait a few more years before we could finally film her story. The suffering that Ursula and her family have experienced over the last few years is more than many families experience in an entire lifetime. What makes Ursula’s story so special though, is how despite her suffering and pain, she remains faithful. And the hardships and suffering have actually deepened her faith. She is an amazing example of trusting in the Lord, even when His plan seems to make no sense.

Hace varios años queríamos filmar este testimonio. Estábamos al punto de empezar a filmar con Ursula, la persona que cuenta su historia, cuando sucedió el accidente. Considerando las circunstancias tan difíciles en este entonces, tuvimos que esperar unos años más para poder filmar con ella. El sufrimiento que Ursula y su familia han experimentado en esos últimos años es más que muchas familias experimentan durante toda la vida. Lo que hace el testimonio de Ursula tan especial es que a pesar del sufrimiento y dolor, sigue fiel. Y las cruces y el sufrimiento han aumentado su fe. Es un ejemplo excelente de confianza en el Señor, incluso cuando Su plan no tiene mucho sentido.

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