"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."
Letters - 2019 - Page 2
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.
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.
Chris reflects on his experience conducting the choir during the Way of the Cross over the Brooklyn Bridge.
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."
“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.
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.
Evelyn recounts her experience participating in the annual assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life at the Vatican last June.
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.
"The point of my resolution has unfolded slowly: Instead of giving things up, I want to learn to embrace and love what I have."
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.
"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."
The adventure of the study center Portofranco began last year. A few months between the kids’ books and a heater that doesn’t work are enough to begin to “see Jesus passing by” within those four walls, and to touch Him.
"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."
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."
Maristella recounts how a question shared among friends became the spark that gave birth to the New York Encounter's Professional Corner.
"Volunteering, choosing to submit my freedom for the design and service of another, fundamentally, educates me to the nature of my original position — that of a beggar."
Michele recounts her experience participating in an overnight with her community to better understand the meaning of belonging to the Fraternity.
We publish three witnesses from the United States Midwest Diaconia which took place in Chicago in December 2018.
The New Haven, CT, community established a bond with several Benedictine Sisters from the Monastery of the Glorious Cross. In this letter, a member of the community shares the striking story of one of them, Sister Marie-Bruna.
After spending a summer as an "animatore" in Italy, Sylvain discovers the meaning of what to him seemed to be the greatest paradox: Preference.