In Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo) 2,000 children launched their cry for peace. Martine, one of the educators, tells us about it[more]
“Let the children come to me”: these words of Jesus are very real in the Focolare Movement where children have a privileged place. “Gen 5” are children up to 4 years of age and “Gen 4” up to age 9. The spirituality of unity is presented to these children in a style that they can understand and appreciate and they take to it with real enthusiasm, putting it into practice immediately wholeheartedly.
One of their special resources has become well known, it is the ‘dice of love’, each of its faces shows a point from the art of loving: love everyone, be the first to love, make yourself one, see Jesus in the other, love your enemy and love one another. “We roll it each morning – they explain – and whatever phrase comes up we try to live for the whole day.”
The children share this life with their school friends, other friends and relatives as a result there are some classes and a few entire schools, as well as some parish groups and educational projects that have taken up using the dice as a method of formation.
From meetings, activities and via their own little Gen 4 magazine, the children come into contact other people: old, young, children from other cultures and religions giving them ‘first hand’ the experience from an early age of all peoples being the children of the one Father making them brothers and sisters to each other. They gain an awareness and sensibility to those in need, near and far and this drives them to put into practice the ‘culture of giving’.
These children really are living proof of the words Chiara gave them: “When we love we are happy, and if we always love we will always be happy!
Small acts of solidarity at all ages[more]
“The Brook in the Woods – the Joy of Loving” is the title of the musical starring 34 children and adolescents of Mumbai in support of the United World Week, the main event of which will take place this year in the Indian metropolis from 27 April to 1 May.[more]
GB&W creations by Walter Kostner[more]
As Christmas approaches, the Gen4 children of the Focolare worldwide teach us how to put the Gospel into practice.[more]
“Jesus is the greatest gift of all”: with this spirit, thousands of children throughout the world remind us that “Jesus has been dislodged,” and invite us to make him once again the focus of Christmas. In St. Peter’s Square on 20 December, there will be a Children’s Jubilee with the blessing of their statues of Baby Jesus.[more]