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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.

Message - Peter Dufka SJ
Emotional Maturity II.

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Father Peter Dufka SJ, lecturer at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, shares the topic of emotional maturity within the Spiritual Accompany Cycle.

In our previous broadcasting we explored the topic of emotional maturity which is one of the indicators of spiritual independence. We have pointed out already how discernment and knowledge of self are the two components of the spiritual independence. The issue of emotional maturity is very actual, yet broad enough to continue to explore it further in our today´s programme.

We all know, based on our personal experience, that the cooperation with most intelligent people is not often easy. These people usually do not establish friendship easily. It is interesting also that university graduates with an honour degree usually do not fit in to the working environment in the best way and that their high intellect is of a little help in overcoming personal or marriage crises.

JThere is a whole set of important characteristic features not related directly with their intellect though, which are tremendously important for spiritual and mental life. These cover the aspects of emotional maturity which are: self-control, perseverance, empathy and others. Since 1995 the term emotional intelligence has been used to indicate these qualities of man. Daniel Goleman, American psychologist, writer and journalist has provided a definition as follows:

„Emotional intelligence is the ability of a man to provide a proper motivation for himself, ability to persevere in achieving a certain goal in spite of the difficulties and to control motives and impulses originating in one own´s inside.“

According to D. Goleman, emotional intelligence can be concentrated into five elements: knowledge of oneself, ability to be a master of oneself (control over oneself), motivation, empathy and ability to establish deeper relationships. The emotional ability is, to a certain extent, congenital and a child experiences it for the first time even before being born. On the other hand, these emotions are the fruit of upbringing and habits which do not end up in a childhood but can be improved throughout the whole life. Let us have a closer look at all of them: 1. Knowledge of oneself. This includes knowledge of own feelings and emotions. Where do they come from, what is their origin and what do they cause in me. This ability to capture and identify correctly any feeling immediately after it occurs is well-known from the first century of Christianity. Something deeper than just pleasant or unpleasant feelings could be recognized by spiritual authors. Presence of good or bad spirit was captured in them. St. Ignatius, who was an expert in spirit discernment, notices that very often we are not aware of the feelings which occur in us, moreover we even do not attach any spiritual potential to them. He speaks about the need to notice them, analyze them according to their origin and adopt or permanently reject them.

2. Control over oneself. This assumes not only knowing but also mastering and controlling our feelings in such a way that we clearly recognize those feelings which we have adopted and those which we have rejected. The Sacrament of Baptism makes us participating in the power of Christ the King, prophet and priest. Some authors describe the emotional maturity as control/master over oneself. It is a privilege of a king who rules not over others but primarily over himself. He not only is the master of his decisions but also of emotions which he allows to affect him and/or not affect him. It is beneficial to remember in this context, how the virtues are being born in us and how the vices (bad habits) found their grounds in us. Any natural virtue costs a lot of effort, control and mastery at the beginning, yet later it becomes natural and actions are based on virtues almost automatically. However, the situation with vices and bad habits is totally opposite. It seems as if they jumped on person on their own because of his/her inattention, laziness and feeling of comfort. They are very easy to be adopted as no effort is required. After some time, they also become natural, yet their effect is totally different. Gradually, people become deformed and degraded by them.

3. 3. Right motivation. This is the ability to maintain positive emotions in such a stage that they can lead to a valuable goal. Right motivation is connected with eliminating deforming impulses. John Cassian described in the 5th century these impulses as the seduction of the Evil one while discerning among eight ways of how impulses touch the souls. All emotions are some impulses to act and their efficiency is multiplied primarily in the moments of crisis. The word motivation is related to the root of the Latin word moveo which means to move. This is the way how a desire to act is carved into every emotion. Christianity is far from the false idea of individual importance (importance of an individuality). However, true humility must never take the shape of doubts or distrust of oneself. Humility means the truth about us and our dependence on God but also the truth about talents and gifts God has given to us. And so a right motivation has its place in achieving both spiritual as well as profane goals.

4.Empathy. Empathy is the ability to capture any subtle signals, desires and emotions of others. People can feel this ability or lack of, very quickly mainly in spiritual leading but also in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Without this ability, no right decision or guidance may be provided by a leader. The ability to understand a soul of other person is sometimes referred to as the art of arts. It resembles development of an artistic talent which requires lot of effort and experience. It is even more difficult to understand a human soul and know how to touch it with whole sensitivity.

5.Ability to establish deep relationships. This means to create positive emotions which are not just in the form of pleasures, but are able to act concretely even up to sacrifice. These emotions should be the traits of inter-personal relationships; they are usually dominant among the family members. In 1993 there was a train disaster in Alabama, USA. The train fell from the damaged bridge directly into the middle of the river. 47 people died. Among them, there was the Chauncey couple. The reaction of both parents in the first moment of that disaster was to help their little daughter Mary. They tried their utmost to save her. While their train was sinking to the bottom and a strong water current was flowing through the train windows, they managed to push her out through the window to the rescue crew. When the train fell on the bottom of the river, both parents died in the water.

This story is the picture of parents love demonstrating the power of emotions and proving the strength of altruistic love. The sacrifice of both parents is illogical from the rational and natural perspectives where the instinct of self-protection dominates. However, not from the emotional perspective. Human heart has different priorities

Dear friends, emotional maturity leads us to the correct relationship with ourselves and with those around us. Thanks to it we can advance also in our relationship with God and live in His presence on the level of emotions. Thanks to emotional maturity, the truth of faith shall not stay on the level of catechetical knowledge but will also touch our heart. It will therefor become a sign of a living experience.


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