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Kaka

I need Jesus every day of my life. Jesus tells me in the Bible that without Him I cant do anything. I have the gift and capacity today to play soccer because God gave it to me.

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Ivona Škvorcová

I noticed a little lump on my neck and it changed my plans and my life. We will have to remove it, exclaimed my doctor. It is just a simple operation… I spent three days in the hospital and I waited three weeks for biopsy results. I wasn’t worried at all. I was a 22-year old university student, full of energy and vitality. I didn’t expect it could be something serious. On 22 February 2006 the doctor told me: “It is positive“. I didn’t even understand what it means. Everybody in my family was shocked – I had CANCER. I was confused. I had lots of questions and fears.

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Augustín Ugróczy

Hi everybody, whoever you are and wherever you are – YOU ARE DISCIPLES. That’s the way I call my boys and invite them at our regular PAJTA meetings.

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James Manjackal

He prayed: "Father in Heaven, send your Son Jesus now to this priest suffering from kidney T.B., kidney stones and infections and restore him complete health of body and soul". Then I thought in my mind that he might have seen the hospital chart where my sicknesses were reported!

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Róbert Slamka

I am 52 years old and I am a lawyer. I have a beautiful beloved wife, Helena, and 5 beautiful children, Róbert, Jakub, Andrej, Annamária-Rút, and Lukáš.

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Mudr. Silvester Krčméry CSc.

If I have to be punished for what I did – i.e. for the goodness, truth, and Christ – I wouldn’t choose the smallest punishment, but the most terrible one; I would be so happy if I could die for Christ, although I know that I am not worthy of such a great grace.

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MUDr. Emília Vlčková

I healed my daughter who had bronchitis, after antibiotics showed no effect. I had a wart and it disappeared on the following day after I had used my homoeopathic drugs.

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Vlado Žák

I knew about God, but I didn't know Him. I saw God only as a strict judge. One of the predominant feelings when I thought about God was a sort of fear. Today, I know I was completely wrong.

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Dominik Dobrovodský

Yes, bones were my life issue. I was born with a fracture. Since then I had several fractures during all my childhood, every time I fell down. I spent a lot of time in hospitals. I suffered a lot. But I also saw other people suffering. It was for me great life experience, great learning experience. During this experience I understood that God is always with me and He never abandons me. This attitude of praise became (and it is continuously becoming) my expression of love towards God.

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Nick Vujicic

I am thankful to have been born 31 years ago with no arms and no legs. I won’t pretend my life is easy, but through the love of my parents, loved ones, and faith in God, I have overcome my adversity and my life is now filled with joy and purpose.

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Jozef Demjan

When I was a child I was sexually abused by an older boy. We lived in poverty. I experienced occult practices, depression, homosexuality, and suicide attempts. Only faith in Jesus Christ brought light to my life.

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Marek Nikolov

The aim of the “Jesus Heals” prayer gatherings is experiencing the fact that God is Love. He is Love that wants to give itself to other people. God wants to show us His mercy even through healing, signs, wonders, and miracles.

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Rick Warren

People ask me: What is the purpose of life? And I respond: In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity. We were made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven.

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Renáta Ocilková

During chemotherapy I lost my menstrual cycle. After about half-a-year I asked my gynaecologist – oncologist about that. I was afraid I was going to badly react to his answer. He told me:
“It’s normal. Your menstrual cycles will never return.”

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Anton Srholec

Faith and love for Jesus and for his cause filled all my heart and I was ready to offer my life for this.

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Denis Blaho

I started to do fortune-telling and I said things that resulted to be truthful. I used to predict things that really happened in near future. Sometimes I read people’s thoughts. I disdained Christian religion. I had a bad opinion about believers and acquaintances who were not profound believers.

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Bohuš Živčák

Despite persecution during the Communist era (or actually because of Communist persecution) my search of God became a continuous adventure. Pilgrimage and travelling rather than studying. When I studied at high school God came dramatically closer to me.

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Veronika Barátová

I always have wonderful memories of my return to God; still today they are pretty important. Everything happened during my university studies at times of normalizing Communism.

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Oto Mádr

This epoch is not easy at all for Christians; but for big-format Christians it is a great and marvelous epoch. “If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.“ In such glorious moments the Church sings to the Lord a heroic song of love and faithfulness. It is a privilege and a gift: to live just now, to love, and to fight.

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Lucia Tužinská

My core problem was – how can I trust God again?! How can I understand Him? What has happened? What we believed in before suddenly became not valid. We needed to reevaluate our faith from the foundation.

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Martin Hunčár

My conversion does not fall under the category “extraordinary”. I know you would like to hear about the miraculous conversion of a former drug-addicted or alcohol-addicted. I was neither drug-addicted nor alcohol-addicted. Maybe this is the reason why my conversion was even more miraculous.

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Dan Baumann

The beatings would start and they would be slapping in the face, hitting in the stomach, sometimes kicking. “I struggled with faith, ‘Was God with me? Did He love me? If God is good why would He allow me to go through this situation?

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Dária Miezgová

But I was also interested very much in the communist ideals as in something that surpassed the ordinary life. So I became a member of a communist party – because I was convinced and I wanted it. And in spite of the fact I went to church and believed in God. I did not feel it as a contradiction

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Matúš Demko

Then I directly felt that God is a living being, close to us. Back then, God, our Lord, clearly and expressly intervened into my life. He completely changed it. I became another person.

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Richard Vašečka

My grandfather from my mother’s side had a great influence on my life. Besides that he loved me very much and spent much time with me, he became my ideal and inspiration in a faith, but also in a male character.

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Branislav Škripek

I was born and brought up as an atheist and I can confirm that I had never been told me anything about God during my first 20 years of life. It was something that was an unknown concept for me.

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Sasa Patalakh

Drugs, sex, Ukrainian mafia, and prison…
“…the story of a young man from Ukraine freed by God…”

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Ondrej Tarana OFM cap.

I was indeed horrified that I don’t know God and His Love although I was ministering in the church.

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Dominic McDermott

Hearing from God through dreams. Biblical basis, Why God would use dreams, The process ...

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Štefan Esztergályos

I got more and more entangled in different occult practices. I applied myself to astrology, healing (reiki) and I practiced martial arts. Instead of prayer I meditated in solitude, which pulled me many times away from the life’s reality.

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Geoff and Gina Poulter

We had decided with a great sadness that we had to go where we were being fed and leave the Catholic Church. Just as we were about to make this public statement Geoff had an open vision which simultaneously was confirmed to Gina through a word from the Lord.

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P. Raniero Cantalamessa, ofmcap

Something of the kind must happen once in our lives for us to be true, convinced Christians, and overjoyed to be so.

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Manželka významného, dnes už zosnulého pastorálneho teológa. Matka 3 detí. Bola dlhoročnou predsedníčkou Slovenskej spoločnosti pre rodinu a zodpovedné rodičovstvo.
Patrí k vedúcim osobnostiam Slovenska v téme ekumenizmu. Je členom oficiálnej Rady pre ekumenizmus KBS. Je aktívnym členom Hnutia fokoláre. Verejne sa angažuje v prorodinných stratégiách, aktivitách a televíznych diskusiách.

Motto:

"Nauč ma plniť tvoju vôľu, veď ty si môj Boh. Kiež ma tvoj dobrý Duch vedie po rovnej zemi." Žalm 143,10

Ježiš na začiatku svojho verejného pôsobenia oznámil nesmierne dôležité posolstvo: "Naplnil sa čas a priblížilo sa Božie kráľovstvo." (Mk 1,15) Ako vynikajúci Učiteľ svojim učeníkom túto celkom novú realitu na zemi priblížil svojimi veľkými činmi, vyučovaním svojich učeníkov a názornou rečou mnohých podobenstiev. Z nich ako z mozaiky čítame o všetkom, čo súvisí s túžbou Boha prebývať uprostred všetkých ľudí ako príprava na ich večný život s Ním. Ohromujúce posolstvo!

Na záver svojho života sa mi žiada neustále ďakovať za toto vzácne pozvanie a za aspoň čiastočné pochopenie pojmu Božie kráľovstvo, ako to vo mne vykryštalizovalo za roky môjho života s Bohom. Pre mňa je to spoločenstvo ľudí, ktorí či intuitívne podľa svojho svedomia alebo a najmä poučení Božím slovom a slovom Cirkvi Pána Ježiša si osvojili pravidlá a spôsob života tohto duchovného "neštátneho útvaru", tejto božsko-ľudskej reality. Ponad hranice štátov, národov, jazykov a ponad hranice času osobného jednotlivcov i historického kultúr a civilizácií nosia v sebe čosi, čo ich robí "kompatibilnými" s kýmkoľvek. Lebo ich rečou je "áno" vôli Kráľa, vyjadrené v nádhernej pestrosti kultúr a ľudského chápania. To je symbol našej príslušnosti k tomuto spoločenstvu, preukaz občana/občianky Božieho kráľovstva, to je naše celoživotné povolanie.

Ako ho máme žiť, máme dokonalý vzor v správaní Večného Slova, ktoré sa v plnosti času stalo Ježišom z Nazareta: "Hľa prichádzam, chcem plniť tvoju vôľu (Žalm 40,7-9). Ako sa to darilo mne počas môjho, nášho života spolu s manželom Ladislavom?

"Nauč ma plniť tvoju vôľu, veď ty si môj Boh. Kiež ma tvoj dobrý Duch vedie po rovnej zemi."

Chcem potvrdiť na mojom životnom príbehu, že je pre človeka veľkým šťastím a plnosťou života, ak z Božej milosti objaví zmysluplnosť tejto vety zo Žalmu a nechá sa viesť...

Narodila som sa ako desiate dieťa do rodiny roľníka na kopaniciach (v našom kraji to voláme "na samote") na moravsko-slovenskom pomedzí, do rodiny, kde sa v tvrdých podmienkach drsnej prírody, fyzicky ťažkej práce, drsných susedských vzťahov a za totality žila viera ako mocná sila každodenného života. Rodičia nás slovom i príkladom viedli k Bohu, ukázali nám vzácny príklad najmä lásky k nepriateľom.

Na vysokej škole v Bratislave- s istotou modlitieb mojich rodičov a mojich dvoch sestier rehoľníčok - som si moju vieru s Božou pomocou odskúšala v neprajnom prostredí totality a uvoľnených mravov vysokoškolákov; obhájila voči tlaku marxizmu-leninizmu a vďaka prostrediu kapucínskeho kostola ďalej rozvíjala ako svoju osobnú vieru.

Keď mi Boh daroval vzácneho manžela, sme našu vieru mohli rozvíjať spoločne. Bolo to milé! Ešte pred svadbou sme sa rozhodli, že Pána Ježiša pozývame do nášho vzťahu, aby on bol tretím, spoločne milovaným členom nášho manželského spoločenstva.

S Ním sme riešili všetky závažné otázky nášho života. O pár rokov neskôr sme sa stretli so spiritualitou Hnutia fokoláre. Pre mňa osobne to opäť bolo cez myšlienku Božej vôle: ako ju spoznať spomedzi viacerých možných dobrých krokov? Ak žijeme konkrétne životné okamihy v bdelosti lásky, príde svetlo, čo odo mňa, od nás Boh očakáva...To som sa dozvedela a to som si odskúšala.

Napríklad v zamestnaní, po návrate z aktívnej materskej opatery troch detí, som zakúšala veľké znevažovanie mojich schopností k výskumníckej práci. Prišla mi na pomoc myšlienka: budem tu žiť na Boží úver. Ja z mojej strany urobím všetko, čo je v mojich silách. Veľa som študovala, veľa rozmýšľala a diskutovala s druhými. A niekedy na obhajobách mojich prác som s prekvapením vnímala, ako mi Boh vnútri pomáha vyjadriť rozumný, ucelený, nový pohľad na riešenú tému.

Vďaka spiritualite jednoty sme sa s manželom nanovo učili žiť Božiu vôľu: nielen tú v prikázaniach a v Božom slove zjavenú, ale aj tú zjavenú v každodenných situáciach života.

Keď sme dostali ako dar spoločné slovo života pre náš život:

" Nech tak svieti vaše svetlo pred ľuďmi, aby videli vaše dobré skutky a oslavovali vášho Otca, ktorý je na nebesiach."(Mt 5,16),

veľmi sme sa potešili našej doterajšej "škole božej vôle", že nás na toto slovo priam pripravila. Veď ak za naše dobré skutky má pochvala smerovať priamo na adresu nášho Otca, tie skutky musia logicky byť zosúladené s Božou vôľou. Z tohto objavu sme mali veľkú radosť. Veľa vecí v našom živote to zjednodušilo a skrášlilo.

Pekné je, že modlitba Otče náš vo verzii evanjelistu sv. Lukáša vlastne stotožňuje žitie Božej vôle s prítomnosťou Božieho kráľovstva (Lk 11,2), kráľovstva spravodlivosti, pokoja a radosti v Duchu Svätom (Rim 14,17). Ozaj nám náš Otec pripravil radostnú cestu životom. Je to radosť, ktorá nie je prítomná iba vo chvíľach šťastia, pohody a úspechu. Odskúšali sme si, že tá Božia radosť zostáva nevýslovným spôsobom prítomná aj vo chvíľach ťažkej choroby a smrti...Vtedy sme viac ako inokedy súčasťou spoločenstva svätých, dedičmi ich skúsenosti a know how ich života s Bohom.

Nadovšetko nám svietil príklad Márie, Ježišovej Matky. Jej celoživotné "áno" Bohu a jeho vôli, až pod kríž, je nevýslovným svetlom. S ňou sme každý deň nášho spoločného života opakovali jej Magnificat (Lk 1, 46-55), jej obraz bol najmä pre manžela v čase jeho choroby veľkou útechou.

Pre posledné mesiace života môjho ťažko chorého manžela i pre mňa, a cez nás i pre naše deti boli svetlom slová mladučkej Chiary Luce Badano: "Ak to chceš ty, Pane Ježišu, chcem to aj ja."

Takýto postoj zjednotenia s Božou vôľou posvätil chvíle odchodu tejto novej blahoslavenej, i chvíle odchodu môjho manžela v roku jej blahorečenia (2010).

Ak niekde platia Ježišove slová "Nebojte sa!", tak práve pre chvíle hľadania, spoznávania a prijímania Božej vôle. Vďaka Bohu! Treba si to len odskúšať, že to platí a funguje všeobecne, nielen pre niekoľkých ľudí.

 

Terézia Lenczová, august 2013


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