Two experiences that express the incredible suffering of these peoples, the constant welcome of refugees and the hope for a future of peace for the Middle East and for the world.[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.
The dramatic events that have wounded France are well-known. However very few know what has been happening over the last four years in Cannes: an intense friendship between people of different religions for which the city received the “Chiara Lubich: City for fraternity” Prize.[more]
Abraham, a young Mexican boy, shares his pacific battle for a better country, amid the great inequalities that reign. A dialogue with Luigino Bruni.[more]
The UN Agenda for development post-2015 in discussion in the Vatican, upon the initiative of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Among the women speakers was Rita Moussalem from the Focolare’s Center for Interreligious Dialogue.[more]
“The Outlook of the Economy of Communion: Innovation and Generative Power: Excerpts of a talk by Luigino Bruni at an international congress in Kenya, promoted by the Economy of Communion (May 27 – May 31, 2015)[more]
A “historical” date for dialogue between people of various beliefs, members of the Focolare Movement. An “unprecedented,” difficult and fruitful experience. At Loppiano an appraisal of the events and a new relaunch.[more]