The date known as the official beginning of the Focolare Movement is the day of Chiara Lubich’s consecration to God. In these answers the Focolare founder uses simple words to describe to a group of children how she first felt her vocation.[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!
In anticipation of the film about the major event which involved 25 thousand students in 200 schools worldwide, here are some video clips showing the actions for peace in several countries. Enjoy![more]
A glimpse into the daily life of 7 to 8 years old children, in dealing with their class companions and parents.[more]
“A small sun which enlightens everyone” (10 August 1975 – 20 November 1984)[more]
The “love dice” installed in a park of Jánoshalma was a cheerful symbol of an educational proposal to build social bonds based on peace and respect[more]
Amongst numerous social projects run by the Focolare’s New Families Association (NFA) in Africa, one engages school children in becoming actively involved in their school community.[more]