Letters - 2018

The baptism celebrated at the Lower Midwest Advent Retreat

To Love Each Other Is to Follow

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After arriving at the Fraternity Advent retreat distracted and torn between wanting to spend time with her friends and desiring to adhere to the retreat's proposal, Hannah discovers the value of following.

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A Dinner in Plymouth

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A CLU student studying abroad in Plymouth decided to cook for his roommates on his birthday, and then everything changed ...

"For me to live is Christ"

Oxford: The Return of the Metropolitan

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A desire taken seriously and a small people moved to indulge it: that’s how the exhibit from the Rimini Meeting brought the Russian bishop back to the place of his mission.

The conference in Oxford.

Not Just Any Presence

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A student's account of his takeaways from the CLU Equipe, and his realization that "what we did that weekend was what it means to be a part of the Church."

"Rooms by the Sea" by Edward Hopper. Via Flickr

"I Was Forgiven by a Gaze"

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After meeting Communion and Liberation, Ingrid experiences a series of encounters that lead her to say, "the negative things that happen to me are insignificant compared to the greatness I have found."

The Annunciation by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. Via Wikimedia Commons

Alive Does Mean Present!

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"Why is it important for us to follow the Movement when it seems so inconvenient?" With four small children and "hectic schedules," a couple reflects on adhering to the life of the Fraternity.

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A New Beginning

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Thanks to a visit from a friend, Amanda experiences "the newness for which [she] was longing," leading to a new gaze upon herself.

Notre Dame Study Weekend

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At a CLU study weekend in September, a college student discovered that Christ and His love can become familiar to us even in our studies.

GS in Minnesota. Courtesy of Josie Vouk

The Simplicity of their Gaze

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After a day spent with the GS community, four high school girls from Minnesota discovered kids that "have something that [their] friends don't have." Yet, their simple gaze was educational for the adults as well.

The exhibit "The Love of my Heart"

Into the Depths of Who We Truly Are

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We publish a letter from one of the guides of "The Love of My Heart," an exhibit presented by the CL community of Dublin at the Royal Dublin Society Conference Centre.

A Human Synthesis

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"What have I done to deserve this tenderness? What good thing was required for the Father to express his affection for me in this way? Nothing. His mercy requires none of that. God is truly great and great is this life of ours."

"It is Me You are Looking For, and I am Here"

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"This year, soon after I arrived, I went to daily Mass for the Feast of Saint Peter and Paul, and I prayed the Lord, 'Please make Yourself present, help me recognize You, save me with Your presence!'"

Dunes Day: In Awe of this Companionship

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"Dunes Day is an event I look forward to every year. However this year, I was particularly struck by the gesture's beauty ... it was evident that Something Else was in our midst."

Experience of a Certainty

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"When I was asked to give a witness at the summer vacation, I was very hesitant because I had only been in the movement one year. In fact, it had been exactly one year since my first encounter with the movement."

The Journey

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A father and daughter share their respective experiences of opening their home to their community for summer singing nights.

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Jean Vanier: Becoming More Human

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"A number of people in our region had heard of Vanier and his L’Arche communities from others at the New York Encounter or other friends beyond our region."

"The Resurrection" by Piero della Francesca. Via Wikimedia Commons

Christ's Living Face

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"The grand jury report on the dioceses of Pennsylvania came out on the eve of the Assumption. The next morning, with so many others for the holy day of obligation, I was at mass. Our pastor was the celebrant."

Be a Realist, Ask for the Impossible

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"I experienced a unity that existed between every single person there and it was so clear to me how lucky I was to have found a place in which people want to take their lives seriously but also know how to have fun."