To be a peacemaker means creating opportunities for reconciliation at all levels, both with ourselves and with others.[more]
A person’s life shouldn’t be compartmentalized, though it often is. No double, triple, quadruple lives. No different compartments: when you’re with the family, at work or in your parish, at the sport center, school or university.
The “culture of unity”, born from the charism of unity can lead a person to the full realization of his human potential within the light of principles that are contained in the Gospel. This unitary way of living must obviously be reflected in each of the areas in which an individual person finds himself living and acting.
In 1968, Chiara Lubich wrote: “Love is light and, like a ray of light that passes through a drop of water, it unfolds into a rainbow of colors for us to admire. All the colors are light and they, in turn, divide into an infinity of shades. And just as a rainbow is red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet – Jesus’ life in us could be said to have different colors, to be expressed in various ways, each different from the other.
«For example, love is communion, it brings us to communion.
Jesus in us, who is Love, could work communion.
Love is never closed in on itself, it is diffusive by nature.
Jesus in us, Love, would irradiate love.
Love elevates the soul.
Jesus in us would raise our soul to God; that’s what prayer is.
Jesus, love in the heart, would be the health of our soul.
Love gathers people in assembly.
Jesus in us, since he is Love, would unite our hearts again.
Love is a font of wisdom.
Jesus in us, Love, would illuminate us.
Love brings the many into one; it is unity. Jesus in us would meld us into one.
These are the seven principle expressions of the love that we feel called to live, and this number seven signifies something infinite.”
By courageously putting in motion our personal calls to freedom, we allow the Spirit to renew the lives of many.[more]
For Christians, freedom means welcoming, listening and sharing.[more]
Two weeks after the Pope’s visit to the international little town of Loppiano, Maria Voce, the Focolare President, invited everyone in the Movement to respond to his appeal by bringing the culture of ‘we’ into society.[more]
Here are some extracts from an article by Florence Gillet for the Roman Observer, dated April 3, 2018. Chiara and her first companions: “A home atmosphere flows among us.”[more]
At the end of the event “The great attraction of present times” on 3rd March at Castel Gandolfo, which recalled Chiara Lubich on the 10th anniversary of her death, we asked Maria Voce how Chiara continues to inspire her life.[more]