There is a “great harmony” between the spirituality of the Focolare Movement and the life of Maria and Luigi Beltrame Quattrocchi, the beatified married couple-even though there is no direct link- and “many are the points of contact”. “Not only because sanctity is the great common denominator of all christians, the goal to which we all aim in the Church, but also becuase the life they lived as lay persons is common to the majority of those who belong to the Movement.” This was said by Maria Voce, president of the Focolare Movement, in her intervention during recent days at a meeting in Rome, organised in liturgical memory of the two beatified and on the tenth anniversary of their beatification. The meeting took place in the “protomoteca” hall, in the “Campidoglio” and the title of the meeting was: “Christians: authentic citizens: in the footsteps of Maria and Luigi”.
The public participated in large numbers. They came from 15 italian cities and from other countries. Persons of authority representing the citizens were also present, also representatives of pastoral activity among families in the diocese of Rome, and also speakers from ecclesial movements who spoke underlining, each under different views, aspects of the spirituality of the married couple.
Parents of 4 children, Maria and Luigi Beltrame Quattrocchi are the first married couple to be beatified by the Catholic Church. It was John Paul II who brought to a conclusion the case for their beatification. “It is no longer acceptable- the Pope said on that occasion- that we deny the just recognition of the silent and normal holiness of many fathers and mothers.”
“ I have seen reflected in the life of Maria and Luigi-Maria Voce said- in the authenticity of their witness as Christians and so also as citizens, the life of the millions of lay persons that now want to live the spirituality brought by Chiara Lubich. They seek to live in their daily life their commitment as citizens with coherence that is sometimes heroic. They are (or try to be) the heathly social and ecclesial fabric of the community where they belong. They are family fathers and mothers, workers, professionals, youths, children, and little ones (without excluding priests, religious and bishops, but obviously the ecclesial part are in a minority), committed in the front line to bring about a silent, although incisive, revolution of love in all the cities of the world. “
The family-Maria Voce emphasised- is “the healthy root of their life: a tender and never extinguished love between the married couple that generates citizens capable of coherence. I know many families that dedicate themselves and struggle so that married love is not extinguished: in it they find the strength not only not to fall apart, but also to open up to greater realities”. Maria Voce recalled the New Families Movement that draws its inspiration from the charism of unity of Chiara Lubich, and today has more than 300 thousand adherents and four million sympathisers in the five continents. “They are families- said Maria Voce- that have made their own a basic educational presupposition: children need more not two parents that love them but two parents that love each other.”