Quadro di Gabriele Marsili: Cielo e terra

Chiara Lubich’s spirituality soon came to be known as a collective or communitarian spirituality, which focused on Jesus’s prayer to the Father that all might be one (see Jn 17:21). This spirituality has 12 main points that are interconnected:

  1. God-Love
  2. God’s Will
  3. The Word
  4. The Neighbour
  5. Mutual Love
  6. Eucharist
  7. The Gift of Unity
  8. Jesus Forsaken
  9. Mary
  10. The Church-Communion
  11. The Holy Spirit
  12. Jesus in the Midst

 

These points were not the result of theological reflection or planning and. Like most things in Chiara Lubich’s spirituality they invite a response, a decision that brings life. Throughout the history of the Church there have been saints, holy people and entire communities that have a primarily individualistic spirituality on their journey to God. In the spirituality of unity the individual’s experience of God certainly remains unique and unrepeatable, but the charism of unity which the Holy Spirit bestowed on Chiara Lubich has brought forth a spirituality that has given an equally indispensable communitarian dimension to the Christian life. It is not totally without precedent: the Gospel itself is eminently communitarian. Also, there have also been communitarian elements in past experiences and spiritualities that placed love at the basis of the spiritual life.

But Chiara Lubich brings a spirituality that is unique among communitarian approaches to God. Her charism invites us to be one in Christ according to Jesus’s words in John’s Gospel: “as you, Fahter, are in me and I am in you, that they may be one in us” (Jn 17:21). In Chiara Lubich these words of Jesus become a lifestyle.

A communitarian spirituality had already been foretold by contemporary theologians and was mentioned by the Second Vatican Council. Karl Rhaner talked about the spirituality of the future Church as being a fraternal communion in which the same basic experience of the Sprit is had by all. The Second Vatican Council described the Church as the Body of Christ, and the People of God assembled in the bond of love in the Holy Trinity.

Teresa of Avila, saint and doctor of the Church, describes an “interior castle.” The spirituality of unity helps to build up what Chiara Lubich describes as an “exterior castle” in which Christ dwells in the midst and illuminates its every part.

Daily Life

The Gospel lived: fragments of fraternity

The Gospel lived: fragments of fraternity

The commitment of the Youth for a United World, to give their contribution to peace and the building of a more fraternal world. Two flashbacks from the experiences gathered worldwide.

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Articles

Atlanta (USA): We have a dream

Atlanta (USA): We have a dream

Small but constant steps towards giving our typical contribution—unity—where division due to racial tensions pose a continual challenge. The experience of the local Focolare community.

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Emergency aid in response to Ecuador earthquake

Emergency aid in response to Ecuador earthquake

Following immediate relief efforts, the first long-term interventions are begun by the Focolare’s United World Association (AMU) and the New Families Association AFN, in favour of Ecuadorian populations that have been affected by the earthquake.

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The God of Today

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The God of Today

Published by Città Nuova, “Il Dio di oggi” (The God of today) is a compilation of texts by Chiara Lubich that spans the arc of her life. It is an invitation to follow Jesus who at the climax of his life on earth experienced the searing pain of feeling separated from the Father. But precisely in that moment he was the architect of unity: a very timely message in these precarious moments of our society that can bring about a rebirth.

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