Letters

Letters - 2021

The exhibition on Fr. Giussani at the Meeting in Brussels

Brussels: Something precious, for everyone

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Meeting Ambassador. The possibility of taking what happens in Rimini all over the world. This is what happened in Belgium a few days ago. Emanuele recounts what happened to him and his friends.

Meeting Brussels. Conference session
Ilaria lecturing

Basel: "Why are you asking me?"

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Just before the pandemic, Ilaria found out she was pregnant but that the wife of her PhD student had miscarried. Amid the drama, a dialogue emerged that allowed her to re-discover what allows her to face any circumstance certain and happy.

Pope Francis greets the Slovakian faithful (Photo: Matej Ďuriač)

Bratislava: "Our encounter with Francis"

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Some signed up as volunteers whilst others sang in the choir. The spectacular sunrise watched alongside young children waiting for the Pope. An account from the small CL community in Slovakia.

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"Close your eyes and open them again”

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After emergency heart surgery, Fulvio is now in a rehabilitation center. "I remember the first day I looked out the window. There were four trees, the bus stop and, in the background, the ring road. Everything was wonderful."

CLU vacation in Italy

The beginning of my search

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Claudia happened "accidentally" to go to the CLU summer vacation. She considers herself agnostic, but accepted the invitation. Something unexpected happened during those days. "Now I have a fire within me that I want to nourish."

Haiti (Photo: Unsplash/Zach Vessels)

Haiti: when mercy is the last word

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Singing school, the opportunity to perform at some summer events, while news of pain and need reaches her from the other side of the world. This is what Laura discovered.

An evening during the vacation

The present and home

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“It is not about where we met, but who we have met.” A CL community vacation in Georgia. Those “unknown” friends and the challenge of moving away. A letter from a friend in Gainsville.

On a hike

When plans are overturned

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Matteo had zero expectations before leaving. And for Marta, only two days sufficed for her gaze to change. An account of four days of vacation together in La Thuile.

Photo: Unsplash/Javier Allegue Barros

Madrid: an important step in life

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College ended in the middle of the pandemic. Then came illness, many uncertainties, and the desire to be able to relive the fascination of the encounter. Ana speaks of why she decided to join the Fraternity.

Boston (Photo: Daniela De Gol/Unsplash)

God's caress in these moments

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Faced with her husband's leukemia, Valentina finds herself on her knees, drawn into a dialogue in which everything is illuminated.

Games by the lake (Photo: A. De Simoni)

Little Tommaso’s first vacation

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A hundred friends from the CL communities in the South East spent a few days together on the shores of a lake in Georgia. Enrico speaks about the testimonies, the games, the walks… and the baptism of their new arrival.

The Grigna (Photo: Unsplash/Asoggetti)

"Never alone, in every corner of life”

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Green passes, masks and "bubbles" that do not halt the great desire to spend a few days with GS kids. And thirty years of vacations do not diminish a teacher's surprise at a mom's question: "Who are you people?"

Games on the beach

Not a gamble in the dark

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The seaside vacation of a group of friends (and others) who for months have met on Zoom. From the Angelus in the morning to games on the beach and cultural visits. Cristiano recounts the beauty he saw.

Photo: Unsplash/Lacie Slezak

High school exams and answers that are not enough

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High school exams were different again this year too. Torn between those who tell you "do not worry, your health is everything, think of your future" and a desire for fullness that keeps you awake at night...

Cape Cod (Photo: Unsplah/Benjamin Suter)

The promise of belonging to each other

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A weekend camping trip to Cape Cod. Free at last to go on vacation with her friends, Monica experiences nothing extraordinary but unexpected beauty.

Ireland: “God uses everything to reawaken me”

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The word expectation has resonated in Hilda’s life since she was a child. “Getting married, having my children, meeting the movement…What more could I want? And yet this sense of expectation remained." And faced with Covid, everything came to a head…

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The continuous task of being true

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More than forty years of teaching celebrated with colleagues and with a letter to his students. A story made up of faces, moments, even mistakes. And a gaze that has changed over time.

Brussels, Grand Place (Photo: Unsplash/Alex Vasey)

Belgium: "My hope, within the yes of a friend”

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Work and the pandemic, the provocation of the Fraternity Exercises, open questions. Until realising, faced with the friendship between Eleonora and a Flemish couple, "what can rekindle my heart."

Amid the spires of Milan Cathedral (Photo: Unsplash/Christoph Schulz)

"Not my doing, but my waiting”

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On top of Milan Cathedral at the end of 'a wonderful school year'. A teacher describes her amazement at her class accepting a slightly different proposal for the last day of school.

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A flower that blossoms among books

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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.