Pope Francis’ message for the celebration of the World Day of Peace is evermore real. Globalisation of solidarity: a personal testimony from Mali.[more]
The spirituality expressed by Chiara Lubich soon became defined as a ‘collective’ or better still, a ‘communitarian’ spirituality, always in view of ‘ut omnes unum sint’ (jn 17,21). This spirituality unfolds into 12 cardinal points, leading from one to another:
- God is Love
- The Will of God
- The Word
- The Neighbour
- Mutual Love
- Jesus in the Eucharist
- Jesus Forsaken
- The Church
- The Holy Spirit
- Jesus in the Midst
In Chiara Lubich the points of the spirituality of unity were not developed through thought out plans, reflections or some theological points. Rather, this is a spirituality demanding an immediate adhesion, decisive and practical, something that brings life. In the splendid history of the Church, from its individual members, its saints and communities there has always been a clear line and result: it’s the individual that goes to God. This remains the case within the spirituality of unity, in the sense that the individual’s experience of God is unique and will never be repeated. However, the spirituality is drawn from the charism of unity, entrusted by the Holy Spirit to Chiara, and as well as this indispensible personal spiritual experience there is also a deep emphasis on the communitarian dimension of Christian life. It is not a complete novelty, the Gospel is eminently communitarian. There have been experiences in the past which have underlined the collective aspect of the journey towards God, above all in the spiritualities rising from those who had love at the base of their spiritual life. This can be seen in the example of St Basil and his community.
Chiara Lubich brings her own spirituality, which is an original communitarian way of going to God: being one in Christ, according to the Gospel of John: “As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, so may they be in us.” (Jn 17,21). In Chiara this became a style of life.
A “communitarian spirituality” was foretold for our epoch by contemporary theologians and is also mentioned by the Second Vatican Council. Karl Rahner, for example, speaking of the spirituality of the Church of the future, saw it as a “fraternal communion in which it is possible to make the same basic experience of the Spirit”. Vatican II, directed attention to the Church as the body of Christ and people assembled in the bond of love of the Trinity.
If St Teresa of Avila, doctor of the Church, spoke of “an interior castle”, the spirituality of unity helps to build an “exterior castle”, where Christ will be present and illuminate every part of it.
Adriana and Salvatore, married for 35 years and with three children, share some of their setbacks in life, also as a couple, which made them experience God’s love in a concrete way.[more]
The report of a young volunteer on her return from an experience in Mumbai in support of one of the Focolare social projects for adolescents and families in difficulty.[more]
On the hills of Mt. Cameroon in Buea, a week-long gathering on the Economy of Communion, with students of the Catholic University of Buea. Steps towards the big appointment with the EoC in Kenya.[more]
Turkey. On the 7th anniversary of Chiara Lubich’s birth in Heaven, the presentation of two of her books translated into Greek. The words of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I.[more]
From 2 to 5 March the “Haus Schoenblick” (Schwaebisch Gmuend) Evangelical Training Center close to Stuttgard and the heads of 80 evangelical movements and some Catholic representatives, reflected on the actuality of their own charisms.[more]