Letters - 2019

Always Pilgrims


A pilgrimage to St. Anne's Shrine in Massachusetts grants Victoria the opportunity to consider her life journey in light of her companionship.

A Gift for the World


After desiring that her daughter be educated according to the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Monica receives an unexpected gift that would propagate from her heart to that of others.

What Does it Mean to Serve?


A group of friends from Boston, prompted by a friend's beautiful experience in Seattle, start their own charitable work. Here is what they discovered.

Friends in Tijuana


"I thought I would go to Tijuana to help the poor by cooking dinner. Instead, I was invited to become poor, through an openness of heart and poverty of spirit that was so attractive."

Christ and His Church


Starting from an excerpt from "Morality: Memory and Desire," Matteo reflects on his relationship with his clients and what allows him to truly engage with them.

Vancouver: What did they See?


The community of Vancouver extended the invitation to this year's Way of the Cross to friends and acquaintances outside the movement. Here is what happened.

Crying Out for Someone


High school student Madeline recounts her experience organizing a study weekend for her GS community. "All I could say was You. Through this experience, I suddenly understood that Christianity is an Event."

Notre Dame on fire. Via Wikimedia Commons.

Notre Dame: Those Who Rebuild the Temple


“How many times have I passed it by without even seeing it? How many times have I looked at it without thinking that those are living stones?" How the fire in the Cathedral speaks to the experience of those who live in Paris.

Courtesy of Peter Fields.

Rediscovering a Presence


On April 2 and 3, the New York City CLU presented an exhibit on the life of Msgr. Luigi Giussani at New York University. For Peter this was an opportunity to delve deeper into his belonging to Communion and Liberation.

Science and Life at the Vatican


Evelyn recounts her experience participating in the annual assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life at the Vatican last June.

Risking on Friends


Thanks to a friendship with some mothers at her daughter's school, Julie is granted the gift to re-encounter the charism through fresh eyes.

"Open Window, Collioure" by Henri Matisse. By Irina via Flickr.

Lent: An Escape from Images


"The point of my resolution has unfolded slowly: Instead of giving things up, I want to learn to embrace and love what I have."

The Nashville community with Bishop Mark Spalding. Courtesy of Meghan Isaacs.

Living With Fullness


After attending her community's annual memorial mass for Msgr. Luigi Giussani, Meghan reflects on what the Movement means for her own life and that of her newborn son.

New York Encounter: A Calling to Start Again


"During the conference, it became very apparent to me that the circumstances of life do not determine our joy and relationship with Christ. There are no prerequisites and no situations He does not want to enter."

CC0 via Pixabay

New York Encounter: Certainty and Hope


"No difficulty is an obstacle to discovering my true desire and the Lord’s presence if I start from what is present and not from what is missing! We were asked to continue to verify this so that it can become our own certainty."

The Easy Life or the Good Life?


After attending the GS Winter Vacation with her community, Miranda writes, "As I reflect, I can honestly say it was God because there was Something there that brought all of us together."

Life, Work, and Friendship


Maristella recounts how a question shared among friends became the spark that gave birth to the New York Encounter's Professional Corner.

Courtesy of Joshua Stancil

The Fraternity: My "Special Work"


Michele recounts her experience participating in an overnight with her community to better understand the meaning of belonging to the Fraternity.