On May 17, 1980, 40,000 young people from around were gathered at the Flaminio Stadium in Rome, Italy. On May 18th, they met in Saint Peter’s Square with Pope John Paul II. Below is Patrizia’s recount of her first Genfest.[more]
A person’s life shouldn’t be compartmentalized, though it often is. No double, triple, quadruple lives. No different compartments: when you’re with the family, at work or in your parish, at the sport center, school or university.
The “culture of unity”, born from the charism of unity can lead a person to the full realization of his human potential within the light of principles that are contained in the Gospel. This unitary way of living must obviously be reflected in each of the areas in which an individual person finds himself living and acting.
In 1968, Chiara Lubich wrote: “Love is light and, like a ray of light that passes through a drop of water, it unfolds into a rainbow of colors for us to admire. All the colors are light and they, in turn, divide into an infinity of shades. And just as a rainbow is red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet – Jesus’ life in us could be said to have different colors, to be expressed in various ways, each different from the other.
«For example, love is communion, it brings us to communion.
Jesus in us, who is Love, could work communion.
Love is never closed in on itself, it is diffusive by nature.
Jesus in us, Love, would irradiate love.
Love elevates the soul.
Jesus in us would raise our soul to God; that’s what prayer is.
Jesus, love in the heart, would be the health of our soul.
Love gathers people in assembly.
Jesus in us, since he is Love, would unite our hearts again.
Love is a font of wisdom.
Jesus in us, Love, would illuminate us.
Love brings the many into one; it is unity. Jesus in us would meld us into one.
These are the seven principle expressions of the love that we feel called to live, and this number seven signifies something infinite.”
Leaving behind everything for a year, to grow together as a family was the brave decision of ten families from many countries of the world, who return home completely transformed by the Gospel.[more]
From Venezuela to Cuba and Puerto Rico, countries facing the Caribbean Sea are tested by a strong social crisis, as well as the catastrophic effects of Hurricaine Maria. In the midst of this difficult situation there are many examples of courage and solidarity. News from the Focolare community.[more]
The God Child invites us to look for him in those who are least, putting into action a culture of welcome and inclusion. And, as children, to feel that we are acknowledged and welcomed by him.[more]
“Public administration and commitment for fraternity: today’s challenge,” the convention promoted by Communion and Law and New Humanity at Castel Gandolfo (Rome, 24-26 November), gathered magistrates, lawyers, executives and officers from various parts of the world.[more]
HabitAndando is a workshop that has been taking Colombian students and professors from the Colombia University of Architecture in Colombia, to Italy. This year it took Colombian students and their professors to the Italian University of Annunzio di Pescara.[more]