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Letters - 2022

Women from Meeting Point International in Kampala dancing

Uganda: Moved by an experience that gives gusto to everything

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A problematic pregnancy, and other difficulties that “make everything gray.” Then she received an invitation to meet the women of the Meeting Point. Francesca speaks of "the greatest novelty that happens in me by simply looking at them."

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"Called by name, like Zacchaeus by Jesus”

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Antonio, a detainee, is serving an alternative sentence in a facility near Rimini. He recounts how meeting new friends broke down the walls that "I had built around myself since I was a child."

Vincent van Gogh, 'Houses at Auvers' (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

What makes a house a home

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Rossella experiences a newness in opening her home to friends, and thanks to this experience is learning that "how I can discover my own heart and that my life is important for what happens in the world."

The Little "Tenda"

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Together with friends, Lucia organized a "Tenda" to help fundraise for #helpUkraine. She recounts how she rediscovered the meaning of charitable work.

Liao Xinci

Taiwan: "To let God love me"

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Liao Xinci received Baptism in Taipei during the Easter vigil. A story that began eight years ago when she met some friends from CL in college, and that she recounts today in this letter…

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Ukraine: "Tonight I encountered the stars"

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A professor from Naples forwarded us a message he received from one of his former Ukrainian students, who returned to his country a few years ago. His years at school and that moment during the curfew looking up to the sky…

Ukrainian refugees in Poland (© Gabriel Pietka)

Poland: "How to have God in our home"

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Celina has just retired and has now come to understand why she studied Russian so many years ago. Anna and her husband have also opened their home to five strangers thanks to whom she has rediscovered the value of her time and savings....

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Rimini: “The indelible mark”

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Morning prayer, the news of the war and all the fears that assail her. Then that gaze on her own life… A letter from a 17-year-old student

Caracas (Photo: Jorge Campos/Unsplash)

Venezuela-Florida: A boundless friendship

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In 2019, Enrico from Gainesville responded to the request for help from Venezuelan friends. The entire American community was mobilized. Since then, that gesture has never ceased, which is a mutual testimony...

Preparing packages for Venezuela

Having the breath of the world within

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Emanuela's School of Community group began to talk about what is happening in Ukraine. And the need to help in any way possible arose, but so did the feeling that everything was too little…

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Ukraine: each to their own work

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What does war have to do with writing your thesis? What use is so much work compared to so much suffering? Sofia goes to see her thesis advisor and asks him this question. And the answer is unexpected…

Bombed Kyiv (Miguel A. Lopes/Ansa)

The war, Ungaretti and my students

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Giving a literature lesson and then seeing the invasion of Ukraine on TV. But it was the tears of a student with an Eastern surname that made that event real. The letter of a teacher…

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“Here, you even forget you have a cell phone"

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An evening with the Knights of the “ClanDestino” group in Lugano with three very different girls. Each reacts in her own way, but something makes a deep impression on all of them. “If I had met you before, I would not have started wearing make-up…”

Rosetta Brambilla (© Obras Educativas Padre Giussani)

Belo Horizonte: A name and a story

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In the heart of Brazil since 1967, Rosetta Brambilla retraces what has happened since those first years of mission: the preschools, the educational centers, working with families…works that "would not exist if I had not met Fr. Giussani".

'First Steps' by Jean-François Millet (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

It is not in my hands

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After seeing Carlo Acutis’ Eucharistic Exhibition, Eugenia finds herself full of questions and the desire to share what she has received: "When you receive so much and you are grateful for it, the only thing you can do is to share it with others. "

Antony Gormley, Untitled (for Francis), 1985 (Photo: Luca Fiore)

My thirsty impotence

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To ask ourselves today, "But if God is in all, what am I? Who are you?” The work of the School of Community and that discovery towards the end of the evening…

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That instant of life

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Maria waits on a bench for a friend who is running late, and thanks to the gaze of a stranger becomes aware of what is around her, with all its novelty.

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"Prof, some things can't be measured"

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Anna teaches Mathematics in a high school. On the last day before her maternity leave, her students surprised her to express their gratitude.... And suddenly uncomfortable problems became bearable…

"Harmony in Red" by Henri Matisse (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Signs of His Presence

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Her father's illness and the decree of the Dicastery of the Laity. Silvia discovers signs of God's love in the midst of challenging circumstances. "My responsibility is to beg Him to show me signs of His Presence."

The CL Fraternity Exercises (Photo: Archivio di CL/Roberto Masi)

"I realized that everything was already there”

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Simone has decided to become a member of the Fraternity of CL. He had always put it off, without really addressing questions and doubts. Then came a dialogue with a friend, "like a rock that triggers an avalanche."