Letters - 2020

Vienna: The "I do not forgive" makes us old


Initial shock, anguish and anger. Then came the desire for the terrorist attack to be illuminated by the Christian experience. And the testimony of a relative of the victims who wrote in a newspaper...


My Inheritance as an American


Jonathan's sadness at the ongoing division in our country is met by a hope that becomes visible in the unity of his friends.

Cambridge, UK (Photo: Unsplash/Jean-Luc Benazet)

"Who are You who light this fire in my heart?"


Despite being overwhelmed by the struggle of a million things to do, Maria describes how the period of lockdown has magnified the desires of her heart. “This is certainly not my ability but the fruit of Christ’s presence here and now.”

Blessed Carlo Acutis

The Mystery exceeds our measures


Discouraged by the impossibility of going to daily Mass, Matteo receives unexpected help from new blessed Carlo Acutis.

Photo: Unsplash/Magdiel Lagos

"God’s whisper, during Covid"


A family affected by the virus, isolation and hospitalization. "A loneliness in which I have never been alone". A mother recounts her discoveries in a dramatic period which was "full of beautiful things".

Brother Elio among his children

Elio Croce. The mission of a Christian


He died on November 11. He lived in Uganda for more than forty years among the poor, guerrillas, Ebola, orphans and hospitals. A friend recounts his life, until his definitive "Here I am, totus Tuus."

Candles on the windowsills of the convent in Gualdo Tadino

"We are daughters, we are not alone"


In Gualdo Tadino, in Umbria, a convent is in difficulty as the nuns have been infected by Covid. Peppe talks about the move to help them, and he speaks of hope, which through candles on windowsills, illuminates the whole town.

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"Have we really been defeated?"


Covid19 and a hospital ward that has changed its function to cope with the emergency. It may seem like a defeat, or "an opportunity not to be missed"...

With Daría and her family

Chile: Charitable work in a year of … grace


Carolina and her friend have been visiting prison inmates every week for years, but have now been prevented by the pandemic. Can Covid halt charitable work? The story of a journey, in which Carolina and her friends discovered "what we really need".

"There is always someone with you"


Maura, a high school teacher, finds herself in self-isolation, just like her students. She talks about two of her students, what they are living, and how “things in life should never be faced alone.”

Photo: Unsplash/Daan Stevens

"A companionship to sustain my yes"


Hospitalization, therapy… and in between the Beginning of the Year Day and a bit of reading. A relationship that “even those around us notice...”

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What Saves Me From Nothingness


Melissa recounts how her solitude after the death of her parents has awakened her desire for Christ. "It is not sunshine and roses; instead it is funerals and COVID. Yet I know this is given to me."

A church in flames in Santiago

Chile: Love that makes you breathe


The explosion of violence in the country, with the burning of two churches. "An attack on the living community," said a politician. What allows us to face it? What can transform the world?

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A Narrow Path?


Maria's children asked her and her husband to remain in strict isolation until the pandemic is over or there is a vaccine. The unexpected outcome.

Venezuela: Those eyes you cannot forget


During the period of confinement, Carlos began to participate in charitable work in his parish. There he meets gazes and stories that intercept his need to be loved, and which set his "I" in motion.

(Photo: Jurien Huggins via Unsplash)

I Want to Be Happy Now


Having just learned of her father's cancer, Silvia meets with friends and discovers the freedom to tell Christ exactly what she wants.

Baku, Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan: The miracle of our beginning


As the war continues, communication with foreign countries have cut off and schools have closed because of Covid, the CL community in Baku gathered for the Beginning of the Year Day.

The Beginning of the Year Day in Baku
Photo: Artem Maltsem/Unsplash

A well of fresh water


Nicola had gone to meet the GS students without expecting anything. But a phrase by Chesterton about “answering riddles” took flesh. “I can quench my thirst again.”

Santa Fe, Argentina

Argentina: Paradise at home, even with Covid


A host of negative circumstances made Monica cry out: “You cannot ask me for more.” Reality gave no respite, but invited her to look, and to discover the caresses of certain “angels” that began to appear.

The CL community in Cuba (before Covid)

Cuba: The truth that gives meaning to everything


More than from the pandemic, people are suffering from a lack of food. On the island, life is a daily struggle. A climate of uncertainty and anger dominates. In the midst of this is the light of School of Community via Whatsapp chat.