The Joy of Discovering we are Brothers and Sisters

 
During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity we present a March 1976 interview with Chiara Lubich, by Citta Nuova. Her optimism stemmed from the same love for Christ that this year’s theme invites us to.
During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity we present a March 1976 interview with Chiara Lubich, by Citta Nuova. Her optimism stemmed from the same love for Christ that this year’s theme invites us to.

Chiara and Roger SchuetzYou have had contacts with many non-Catholic Christians. How do you see them now as compared to before?

“When a bottle is three quarters full, you can have two different reactions. You can say, ‘Oh, a quarter is still missing,’ or you can say, ‘It is already three-quarters full!’

The first expression describes how I used to view my non-Catholic brothers and sisters about 15 years ago, before I began to work for ecumenism with the whole Focolare Movement.

The second reaction is one which I have had in my heart during these last years.

In fact, I cannot thank God enough for having put me in touch with Christians of the most varied and important denominations.

They willingly established with us a relationship of mutual charity in Christ. So living and working with them and, above all, getting to know them better, has given me a great sense of awe and gratitude towards God’s Providence, which has watched over the many riches of faith, of hope, of other liturgies, of the value of God’s word within these Churches or ecclesial communities (Continue Reading)