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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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Generálny sekretár Slovenskej Katolíckej Charity.
Iniciátor a správca nízkoprahového útulku De Paul.

Bol som od malička vychovávaný v katolíckej viere, ale bolo obdobie v mojom živote, kedy som hľadal šťastie inde než v Bohu a zablúdil som.

Zlomovým bodom bolo krízové obdobie v mojom živote, kedy som bol zúfalý a uvedomil som si, že už nemám síl ísť ďalej a všetko čo som si dovtedy budoval a plánoval sa zrútilo.

Spomenul som si na Boha z detstva. Rozhodol som sa ísť po dlhých rokoch do kostola. Bolo to práve na sviatok Nepoškvrneného počatia Panny Márie. Počas sv. omše som zažil niečo úžasné a neopísateľné na čo nikdy nezabudnem. Zrazu som mal neotrasiteľnú istotu, že Boh existuje. Prvý krát v živote som cítil, že modlitbu hovorím niekomu. Myslím, že to bol okamih, kedy som dostal dar viery. Vtedy som pochopil, že Bohu nič nie je nemožné. Potom nasledovalo nádherné obdobie objavovania Boha a jeho lásky.

Spolu so zmenou v mojom živote prišla aj veľká túžba žiť pre iných, pomáhať biednym po duchovnej aj materiálnej stránke. Hľadal som odpoveď na otázku, čo chce odo mňa Boh. Moja predstava bola veľmi skromná, myslel som si, že budem robiť sociálneho pracovníka v charitatívnom centre a pomáhať bezdomovcom. Boh však ďaleko prevýšil moje očakávania a naplnil túžby môjho srdca v takom rozmere, že ma to napĺňa ozajstnou bázňou. Kristus si ma získal svojou láskou.

To že ma Pán miluje, vnímam každý deň cez rôzne situácie, cez priateľov, ktorých mi Boh dal, cez malé zázraky, ktoré sa udiali v mojom živote. Často sa cítim až zahanbený nad všetkými dobrodeniami, darmi čo mi Boh dáva, až niekedy pociťujem ľútosť, že nedokážem byť za ne dosť vďačný a odpovedať na ne Bohu svojou láskou. Spoznal som, že Boh dokázal premeniť na desaťnásobné dobro aj veci a udalosti v mojom živote, ktoré som ja považoval za nešťastie, alebo niečo negatívne.

Učím sa teda aj v ťažkých chvíľach veriť v nekonečnú lásku Božiu ku mne, lebo viem, že aj utrpenie ak ho Boh dopustí má svoj význam, ktorý však spoznáme až neskôr.

V čase obrátenia som veľmi intenzívne prežíval, že ma Boh miluje práve pri modlitbe. Zažíval som vtedy veľkú vnútornú radosť a pokoj napriek vonkajšiemu utrpeniu. Tento vnútorný pokoj, ktorý nám dáva modlitba ma uisťuje v tom, že Boh ma miluje a plním jeho vôľu a to čo robím je mu milé aj keď často zlyhávam.

Môj vzťah s Kristom mi pomáha budovať modlitba, úprimný rozhovor s Bohom. Fascinujúci objav pre mňa bol, keď som spoznal, že Boh odpovedá na moje otázky, samozrejme nie priamo ale rôznymi spôsobmi v každodennom živote. Základným predpokladom je však viera. No najdôležitejším no často najpodceňovanejším je čítanie sv. písma a eucharistia. Napodobňovanie Krista, ktorý sa rozdáva. Kristus je chlebom, ktorý sa láme a taký by mal byť aj život kresťana. Ako život, ktorý sa láme pre druhých v moci Kristovej lásky. Zistil som, že z vlastnej sily to nedokážem, no Eucharistia nám môže dať silu zomierať sebe samému, svojmu egoizmu, aby sme sa mohli a vedeli rozdávať. Je to nepretržitý proces.

 

Zažil som obdobie krízy v istom období, keď som si myslel, že Božiu lásku si musím zaslúžiť, keď budem konať veľa dobra, postiť sa, pomáhať blížnym zo všetkých síl, vyhýbať sa hriechu. Po viacerých pádoch som vysilený spoznal, že to nedokážem. Zistil som, že nedokážem bez Božej milosti urobiť absolútne nič.

Musel som sa naučiť prijať sám seba, hriešneho, slabého a neschopného milovať a každý deň prosiť o pomoc Ježiša a Pannu Máriu, aby som dokázal ísť ďalej. Osobnú skúsenosť som zažil aj pred 12 rokmi, keď Boh výrazne zasiahol do môjho života a všetky veci, ktoré som ja vnímal ako negatívne dokázal premeniť na niekoľkonásobné dobro. A všetko čo bolo dovtedy horké stalo sa sladkým, ako povedal sv. František po stretnutí s malomocným. Tak aj ja čo som dovtedy vnímal ako utrpenie Boh premenil na veľké požehnanie.

Pán sa mi prihovára aj tak, že na otázky, ktoré v sebe nosím nachádzam odpovede vo svojom vnútri. Každý z nás je chrámom Ducha Svätého a Boh sa nám prihovára z vnútra, z nášho srdca.

Lebo Boh je nám bližšie ako my sebe, ako hovorí sv. Augustín. A aby sme ho mohli počuť, každý z nás si musí vytvoriť aspoň z času na čas oázu ticha, aby začul ten nežný a veľmi jemný hlas, ktorý sa v ňom ozýva. Odpovede prichádzajú aj nečakane skrze sv. Písmo, ľudí a udalosti života. Tak napríklad ak sa stretneme s niekým, kto nám možno dá odpoveď na otázku, ktorá je v nás už dlho a dotyčný ani nemusí o tom vedieť. Božia odpoveď vychádza často z vnútornej duchovnej intuície, ktorá sa v praxi takto potvrdí, čo je vlastne aj zárukou, že to svetlo bolo pravé. Stane sa, že som príliš zahltený povinnosťami a pozemskými starosťami a vtedy sa stávam menej citlivým na rozpoznanie Božieho konania. Aspoň ja to tak vnímam. Je dôležité občas sa stíšiť a zamyslieť sa nad tým čo nám chce Boh ukázať. Cítim, že Boh ma vychováva a učí ma dôvere aj vtedy keď sa mi zdá, že na konci nevidíme svetlo, keď sa mi nedarí a neviem ako ďalej.

Mojou túžbou je stať sa obrazom Jeho dobroty najmä voči slabým, chorým a zúfalým.

Nemôžem však povedať, že svoje povolanie už úplne poznám. Povedal by som, že Boh mi moje povolanie odhaľuje postupne, pomaly. Moje povolanie slúžiť ľuďom v núdzi vložil Boh do môjho srdca, ako veľkú túžbu v čase môjho obrátenia. Cítim, že Boh ma ešte stále pripravuje a vychováva situáciami a ľuďmi čo mi posiela do cesty a to dotvára moje povolanie a moju osobu. Každý človek nesie v sebe Božiu stopu. Lebo všetci sme stvorení na obraz Boží a každý z nás vyžaruje určitý lúč jeho tváre. Mojou túžbou je vyjadrovať jeho dobrotu voči ľuďom.

Živá skúsenosť s Bohom je darom Ducha Svätého, o ktorý treba s pokorou prosiť. Sú to chvíle ticha, ktoré nás robia citlivejšími na Božieho Ducha a jeho príhovor. Ale je to predovšetkým sám Boh, ktorý hľadá človeka a túži po priateľstve s ním.

Boh je vždy prvý, ktorý hľadá priateľstvo s človekom. Aspoň u mňa to tak bolo.

A naša vrúcna až bolestná túžba po ňom nás otvára na prijatie jeho darov a skúseností s ním. Sú to často situácie bolestné, v ktorých si uvedomujeme, že zúfalo potrebujeme Boha a je to paradoxné, že práve v týchto situáciách sa nám Boh dáva poznať a zakúsiť najviac. Potom zisťujeme, že Boh je pánom vecí nemožných. Niekedy Boh, aby splnil našu prosbu nás často dotlačí až k múru, aby sme mohli vydať vzdych zhodný s vzdychom Ducha Svätého v nás. Aspoň taká je moja skúsenosť s Bohom v takýchto krajných až zúfalých situáciách, kedy ma Boh upevňuje vo viere, že je vždy so mnou aj keď Ho práve necítim.


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