The Christian mayor of Bethlehem, Vera Baboun, talks about her political commitment that is spiritually motivated for the good of her people.[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.
One of the first focolarini passed away on May 29, 2016. He was a doctor, psychologist, priest and theologian. Born in Padua, Italy, on October 16, 1929, he shared in the spiritual formation of hundreds of young men from around the world.[more]
Year of Mercy: After losing his job, getting separated from his wife and winding up in jail, Erasmus, upon discovering God’s Love, found the strength to start a new life.[more]
Johnson’s challenge to restore peace in his village in Marsabit was one of the experiences presented at the International Ecumenical Movement Kenyan Chapter on 27 May 2016. The address given by Maria Voce, President of the Focolare Movement focussed on the theme “Ecumenism, Healing and Reconciliation”.[more]
Two shows in Montevideo with overflowing crowds, 200 youths from high-risk areas involved as actors. The exciting tour of the international band from Uruguay to other countries of the Southern Cone.[more]
The situation in South Sudan is the focus of a discussion between the Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya, Charles Daniel Balvo, and the president of the Focolare, Maria Voce.[more]