“Before the Virgin as beggars of everything"

The 43rd Pilgrimage will take place in a reduced format. Yet, it will be an occasion for "a greater and deeper step." Saturday June 12 at 9pm (CEST), live from the Laurentian Basilica in Loreto.
Fraternity Exercises

Is There Hope? The fascination of the discovery

The third chapter of the book that gathers the contents of the Spiritual Exercises of CL.
(Photo: Iam Os/Unsplash)
Church

Carrón's letter to Cardinal Farrell

The letter sent from Fr. Julián Carrón, President of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, to Card. Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastry for the Laity, Family and Life.

Your Eminence, In response to the letter with which you intended to provide me with an advance copy of the text of the general Decree regarding the exercise of governance within international associations of the faithful, I wish to assure you that the ...

Friar Cristoforo, Renzo and Lucia (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Culture

The rest of that bread

Love that precedes guilt through the eyes of Manzoni, Milosz, Dante... “When one truly forgives, there is nothing left to forgive.”

We sometimes think that forgiveness is born out of goodness: I forgive you because I am good and therefore when you make a mistake, when you do wrong, I am capable of turning a blind eye and letting it go. It does not work like that, that is not what it i...

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Letters

A flower that blossoms among books

An Indian girl asks for help in maths. Her friends also sign up for the classes with her. A volunteer speaks of the surprise of a change that happened before his eyes.

I have been a volunteer at Portofranco (a study help centre) for several years. In mid-March, I was asked to follow a girl from India who was having difficulty in mathematics. We met on Meet: her face was sad, and she needed a grade of at least 4 in order...

Margaret Karram © CSC Audiovisivi
Encounters

Unconditional love

It is not forgetfulness, nor indifference, but “looking reality in the face”. Even pain for her homeland. A dialogue on forgiveness with Margaret Karram, of Palestinian origin and the new president of the Focolare Movement.

"I believe that our world needs it more than ever. It is the key, for each of our lives and for society, if we want to live today's challenges, all challenges. If we want to solve our problems.” Margaret Karram talks about forgiveness in this dialogue wit...

Peter, Denver
Letters

I saw the unexpected

It was Peter's first time following the Fraternity Exercises. What stuck in his mind was how much we need Christ to break through. A few days later he went to dinner at "My Father's House", a non-profit organisation that supports men on parole...

I am now looking back to April 18, right after the Fraternity Exercises. It was my first time going. I am not a part of the Fraternity, but was invited to join digitally. I want to share my experience of the Exercises and a judgment I made. My heart was m...

The cover of the Japanese edition of "The radiance in your eyes"
Letters

The adventure of the "radiance" in Japanese

Marcia has just finished translating Carrón's book, which came out last year. It was a long and complicated job, forcing her to get to the bottom of what the text was saying. But it was worth it, even if it were just for one person.

We have finally managed to deliver the translation of The radiance in your eyes! It took more than a year because, like all other texts, we had to go through several phases: the first translation, as verbatim as possible, which I do; then Sako tries to ma...

A CL vacation in the 60s.
Current Events

Vacations: The Time of Freedom

“Anticipation of vacation is evidence of the will to live; for just this reason it must not be ‘vacation’ from oneself. Then summer will not be an interruption or a postponement of taking life seriously.” (June 5, 1964)

The following text is an excerpt from the notes on a conversation Msgr. Luigi Giussani had in the summer of 1964. It first appeared in English in the July 2000 issue of Traces. From Gioventù Studentesca’s earliest days we have had a clear and simple...

Current Events

Fr. Giussani, Towards the centenary

2022 will mark the anniversary of the birth of the founder of CL. Here is how you can contribute.