This month’s Word of Life from the Gospel invites you to take care of one another. Here are some brief experiences from around the world.[more]
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:
- God’s Will
- The Word
- The Neighbour
- Mutual Love
- The Gift of Unity
- Jesus Forsaken
- The Church-Communion
- The Holy Spirit
- 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.
The testimony of 29 year old Danilo from the Focolare’s Diocesan Movement. The courage to live for others.[more]
Readiness in helping those in need, believing in God’s love even under falling bombs, taking the first step to change the atmosphere in a condominium. A flash view of evangelical life that encourages us to live this month’s Word of Life.[more]
During a day of dialogue between Christians and Hindus at the Gregorian University, they realize that even though they start from different perspectives, they share many values in common that can help build peace.[more]
Four days of celebration and cultural events that concluded a year of thanksgiving for the 50th anniversary of the Focolare’s first arrival among the Bangwa in Cameroon.[more]
Christmas 1966: While in Loppiano, Chiara Lubich gave the young people two sets of drums as a gift, a green-coloured one to the girls and a red-coloured one to the boys. The international musical bands, Gen Verde and Gen Rosso, were thus born and for 50 years they have been singing the Gospel. To mark the event, a new video clip has been released by Gen Verde.[more]