Letters - 2019 - Page 2

Pope Francis in Port Louis

The Pope in Mauritius: “He wanted me right here”


Thirty years after John Paul II’s visit, Laura recounts Francis’ arrival on this island in the Indian Ocean. The welcome of people of every origin and faith. The messages of friends of the small CL community and a special gift…

Pope Francis during his visit to Mozambique's capital

Maputo: My “Here I am” in front of the Pope


The wait for Francis to arrive. The desire to follow him. The wonder of seeing, within herself, a new beginning. Marta recounts what happened to her, and those around her, during the Apostolic Visit to Mozambique.

Alejandro and Stella Maris with the Pope



The meeting with Francis during the General Audience. Just a few words, enough to tell him about an exhibition about him which is touring Latin America in order to make him truly known. In Alejandro’s account, we see the Pope’s gratitude.

"The Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog" by Caspar David Friedrich. Via Wikimedia Commons.

Freedom as Obedience


Jake writes about his discovery of a fuller freedom at the Midwest summer vacation.


The Band's Visit at the New York Vacation


After seeing the new Broadway musical The Band's Visit, some friends in the New York community decided to propose the show's music at their family vacation.

Scala: Life is Here and Now


José writes about his experience participating in the Scala Foundation's summer seminar, "Rediscovering Integral Humanism," with Princeton's Margarita Mooney who last spring presented The Life of Luigi Giussani in New York.

The View in Store for Me


During her last GS vacation, high school student Sofia discovered that the experience of the movement goes far beyond the friends in her community.

Courtesy of Miriam Smith.

The Beautiful Road


As the 2019 GS vacation unfolded, Miriam found that those days were as much for her as they were for her students.

Charitable Work with a New Openness


Monica sees something beautiful in singing to the elderly with some members of her community and, by being true to her desire, begins a charitable work.

A House Full of Saints


Zachary reflects on the meaning of sainthood as expressed in School of Community in light of his friendship with his own community.

The Blue Tent and the Heart of Sixth Graders


After attending a presentation at the New York Encounter, Carole shared her experience with her sixth grade students, opening their hearts others and fostering friendship among each other.

Courtesy of Stephen Adubato.

The Real Need of Another


Stephen writes about his experience doing charitable work serving the homeless with his friends. Read the full story.

Courtesy of Mirko Farina.

A Need Broken Open


"Fr. Accu said something along the lines of, 'Now I go to these meetings because I need something, I need to see Christ. Not to give them something I've thought up myself.'" Gabe recounts his experience meeting the movement and starting a GS group.

“At the end of the road, there is Someone waiting for you”


Natalie shares her experience partaking in the pilgrimage to the Mother Cabrini Shrine in Chicago. "The most striking event for me was to see how Christ takes our desire seriously and does so not only for the one desirer but for the whole world."

The Beginning of the Hundredfold


After participating in the National Diaconia, Elisabetta has three encounters that allow her to recognize Christ present and witness Him at work.

"First Steps" by Vincent Van Gogh. Via Wikimedia Commons.

Living Presently to Experience Christ


In light of "Morality: Memory and Desire," Sami embarks on an effort to help her husband live fully, but in so doing, she discovers a profound love for her own life.

The Exercises in Puerto Rico


"It was eye-opening to understand that it is human nature for everything to come to an end, and how we can live this fact either distracted and without any questions, or we can ask ourselves these questions to actually live a life."

God Can Use Us to Reach Others


Nancy recounts her experience doing charitable work at a juvenile detention center where she became aware of the purpose of placing herself in service of others.