The meeting with a population in Bolivar, living at 4000 metres above sea level; and the reciprocity that grew from one United World Project.[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.
A university professor and a young woman from Nairobi tell of their experience in direct contact with the bereaved families of students killed in the massacre, and the difficult process of identifying the victims.[more]
Anxiety in Bobo Dioulasso (Burkina Faso) due to some cases of Ebola in nearby Mali. The media and institutions have been mobilised to prevent it from spreading. Together we can![more]
June 6th in Sarajevo was a day charged with emotion and strong messages. “I came here as a pilgrim of peace and dialogue, “ the Pope said when meeting government officials at his arrival.[more]
It was January 1977: the Focolare’s youth congress had started, with the Eucharist as the main theme. Igino Giordani granted them a really lively interview during this event. We are citing some passages for this month in which the Catholic Church invites us to intensify the reality of the “Body of Christ.”[more]
Thirty five years after his murder, last May 23rd, El Salvador and the world celebrated the Beatification of Archbishop Romero “among the best sons of the Church” according to Pope Francis[more]