On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the New Families, we interviewed Anna Maria and Danilo Zanzucchi, one of the first couples that followed Chiara Lubich. Also the married are called to sanctity.[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.”
The testimony of Azeez, a young Iraqi, speaks at an international conference of young people of the Focolare. His escape with the family and his effort to build peace.[more]
This month’s Scripture invites us to create new relationships in the places we live and work, rather than being resigned to evils that are greater than us and can make us grow indifferent.[more]
The international performing arts group Gen Rosso found success with their musical involving disabled youth and children, staged at the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence March 18.[more]
“We are dealing with a great heritage to treasure and discover in depth.” This is what Maria Voce wrote upon announcing the death of Cardinal Vlk to the members of the Focolare.[more]
Extracts of a Swiss priest’s experience in an Eastern-rite Catholic Syrian communion. The presence of the Risen Christ amidst the sufferings of the war. Living fraternity in the dark night of the war.[more]