Family – 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/#comments 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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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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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/#comments 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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Pursuing Holiness in the Family https://onebillionstories.com/pursuing-holiness-in-the-family/ https://onebillionstories.com/pursuing-holiness-in-the-family/#respond Wed, 18 Nov 2015 15:46:03 +0000 https://onebillionstories.com/?p=24405 Learn more about their mission at: www.ChastityProject.com  Jason and Crystalina Evert rejoin the mission with some enduring words on the family. This video was filmed in Philadelphia at the World Meeting of Families with Pope Francis in attendance. Movinf forward as a Church, an interior life is so key for Catholic parents, as they lead their children […]

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Learn more about their mission at: www.ChastityProject.com 

Jason and Crystalina Evert rejoin the mission with some enduring words on the family. This video was filmed in Philadelphia at the World Meeting of Families with Pope Francis in attendance. Movinf forward as a Church, an interior life is so key for Catholic parents, as they lead their children closer to Christ. The Everts are spot on when they say, for those that have struggling families, don’t be afraid to reach out  to the global Catholic family. We are strong, and it is the Eucharist that strengthens the ‘one billion global Catholic family’.

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Philadelphia Remix: HOPE https://onebillionstories.com/philadelphia-remix-hope/ https://onebillionstories.com/philadelphia-remix-hope/#respond Mon, 12 Oct 2015 15:01:28 +0000 https://onebillionstories.com/?p=24380 Casting out ‘into the deep’ is the hope that resides within this video’s stylistic choices, and the World Meeting of Families event in Philadelphia. Now, all the pilgrims are home, living and invite others into an encounter with everlasting hope. A hope that cannot die. A hope that rests within the hearts and minds of the ‘one billion Catholics’ on earth. […]

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Casting out ‘into the deep’ is the hope that resides within this video’s stylistic choices, and the World Meeting of Families event in Philadelphia. Now, all the pilgrims are home, living and invite others into an encounter with everlasting hope. A hope that cannot die. A hope that rests within the hearts and minds of the ‘one billion Catholics’ on earth. Let us share this video with the fringes of the world, those lost souls who are desperately searching for the only hope known to satisfy forever, Jesus. Use the share buttons below to spread hope, and make sure #HopeLives on well past the World Meeting of Families.

How and why do you experience hope within our Catholic faith?

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The Joyful Complementarity of Man and Woman https://onebillionstories.com/the-joyful-complementarity-of-man-and-woman/ https://onebillionstories.com/the-joyful-complementarity-of-man-and-woman/#respond Fri, 09 Oct 2015 11:53:35 +0000 https://onebillionstories.com/?p=24370 El hombre y la mujer somos diferentes, pero tenemos la misma dignidad. Es justamente esa complementariedad entre el hombre y la mujer que hace que el plan de Dios para el matrimonio tenga tanta alegría, lógica, y que le hace la fundación la nuestra sociedad. Para el bien de todas las culturas del mundo, es […]

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El hombre y la mujer somos diferentes, pero tenemos la misma dignidad. Es justamente esa complementariedad entre el hombre y la mujer que hace que el plan de Dios para el matrimonio tenga tanta alegría, lógica, y que le hace la fundación la nuestra sociedad. Para el bien de todas las culturas del mundo, es necesario que los esposos hacen sacrificios diarios para el bien de su matrimonio, y de su familia.
Los esposos Karim y Neil comparten con nosotros su testimonio del plan de Dios para el matrimonio y la familia, y su entrega completa, total, fiel y fecunda.
¿Cómo fortalece su matrimonio o su noviazgo la complementariedad del hombre y la mujer? Comparte su experiencia en los comentarios abajo.

Men and women are different, very different actually, but equal in dignity. It is this complementarity of men and women that makes God’s plan for marriage so joyful, logical, and the building block of society. Strengthening global cultures through the daily sacrifice of marriages rooted within love is key for the future health of our world. Karim and Neil are living out and bearing witness to the hope of God’s perfect plan for marriage, family, openness to life, and laying down one’s life for another.

How does the complementarity of man and woman strengthen your relationship? Share your experience in the comments below.

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Openness to Life in America, Faith and Family first https://onebillionstories.com/openness-life-in-america-faith-family-first/ https://onebillionstories.com/openness-life-in-america-faith-family-first/#comments Sun, 27 Sep 2015 00:15:25 +0000 https://onebillionstories.com/?p=24314 The smiles and joy of the Finegan family is contagious. Authentic joy truly radiates from their home. Listening to their story will give you hope for the future of the Church. Certainly there are challenges that come along with raising nine children. But it is their openness to life, and trust in God’s plan, that is so […]

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The smiles and joy of the Finegan family is contagious. Authentic joy truly radiates from their home. Listening to their story will give you hope for the future of the Church. Certainly there are challenges that come along with raising nine children. But it is their openness to life, and trust in God’s plan, that is so inspiring to see in today’s culture.

What does your family specifically do to ensure the faith is passed on to the next generation? Share ideas in the comments below.

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The Proposal, leading to a lifelong journey in Marriage https://onebillionstories.com/the-proposal-leading-lifelong-journey-marriage/ https://onebillionstories.com/the-proposal-leading-lifelong-journey-marriage/#comments Sat, 26 Sep 2015 00:39:22 +0000 https://onebillionstories.com/?p=24309 Eddie had an idea, to give his ‘princess’, Colleen, a moment to remember for the rest of their lives together. He asked OBS to make a video about marriage, in order to communicate to his bride to be, and the world, the beautiful witness of marriage within the Catholic Church. He brought Colleen to a movie […]

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Eddie had an idea, to give his ‘princess’, Colleen, a moment to remember for the rest of their lives together. He asked OBS to make a video about marriage, in order to communicate to his bride to be, and the world, the beautiful witness of marriage within the Catholic Church.

He brought Colleen to a movie theater in Denver, sat her down, left to go use the restroom, then had the theater operator play the video you just saw, which led into Eddie’s perfect proposal, and OBS was there to film the special moment, for all of you to witness. A beautiful story and testament to a sacramental marriage, that deserves to be shared with your family and friends.

In the comments below, share how you proposed, or were proposed to, go…

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Finding true Love https://onebillionstories.com/finding-true-love/ https://onebillionstories.com/finding-true-love/#respond Fri, 25 Sep 2015 00:53:48 +0000 https://onebillionstories.com/?p=24304 From the Philadelphia area, we hear today about finding true love. Not the warm fuzzy love that most media outlets feed to Americans. But true love, authentic love, a love that is rooted within sacrifice and uplifting the good in the other. With the arrival of the Haas family’s story to your screens, consider sharing in the […]

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From the Philadelphia area, we hear today about finding true love. Not the warm fuzzy love that most media outlets feed to Americans. But true love, authentic love, a love that is rooted within sacrifice and uplifting the good in the other. With the arrival of the Haas family’s story to your screens, consider sharing in the comments below how you experience authentic love in your daily lives. Let us never forget that indeed, hope truly does live, through the stories of families across America and around the world. Pass it on.

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Joyful suffering leads to Hope in the Family https://onebillionstories.com/joyful-suffering-leads-hope-in-family/ https://onebillionstories.com/joyful-suffering-leads-hope-in-family/#respond Wed, 23 Sep 2015 15:21:01 +0000 https://onebillionstories.com/?p=24295 The Genus family of Philadelphia is an incredible example of trusting in His plan. Work, education, and finding a good place to live are all challenges that this family has met with a joyful trust in God. We can all learn a couple life lessons from this story, straight out of Philly. What point from their […]

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The Genus family of Philadelphia is an incredible example of trusting in His plan. Work, education, and finding a good place to live are all challenges that this family has met with a joyful trust in God. We can all learn a couple life lessons from this story, straight out of Philly.

What point from their story stuck out to you? Share in the comments below.

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