Letters - 2020 - Page 2

Crossing the Divide

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Sadness, confusion, and fear filled Fr. John's heart after the death of George Floyd. A way forward opened up, unexpectedly, when he crossed to other side of his driveway.

The Trinity by Andrei Rublev. Via Wikimedia Commons

The Gift of Unity

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Seeking to understand how to "become a presence," Hannah goes back to charitable work. An answer appears in a look of tenderness.

Caracas

Venezuela: To live without anesthesia

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Rafael describes Venezuela’s rationing of water, poverty and pandemic: "I wanted to turn everything off, hide from the world, in the pain of nothingness.” Yet something within him resists. A desire, a flame.

“An experience of grace”

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Hans speaks of his experience of lockdown, the closure of his school, and his unexpected discovery of the movement. The outcome? A book of reflections upon his experience as a headteacher.

A time for me, with you, O Christ

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Confinement, the abrupt halt of work, a marriage that begins 24/7, and the inability to feel "useful". But in a homily by Pope Francis, a question that changes the situation: "My daughter, give me your failings.”

Aeneas and Anchises

The walls of home and the horizon of life

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From a phone call with a friend, the birth of an online initiative consisting of international cultural meetings: "É-née", Aeneas. In the midst of the pandemic, "an opportunity to break down borders and find distant friends".

When the heart “thaws”

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A literary contest that, beyond all expectations, not even the virus could suspend. And the surprise of "a flower" which, after the prize giving, turned expectations upside down...

Born of a "Yes"

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Irene's children are out protesting, but at home, respect is an issue. So, what is the basis of our respect for one other?

I do not give up my heart's thirst for happiness

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Isolation and the adventure of distance learning. The desire to accompany each other and the inability to help friends. And the inexplicable, but real evidence of a "constant backdrop of joy and certainty".

There is No Recipe

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Stuck at home, struggling with work. There is no "figuring it out." But there is a chance to discover what it is to be "new creature."

Rocco De Gaspari

The privilege of a “time full of His Presence”

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Rocco's illness, the impossibility of seeing him apart from upon a screen, novenas... Until a message received from his wife at the beginning of May: "He has gone to heaven." Eva recounts the gift of four years of friendship.

"Who are You, Jesus?”

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Reality that seems to contradict the desires of the heart. Pain visible everywhere and the mystery of reality that escapes the capacity of understanding. But a simple gesture reawakens Alberto's humanity, and a request arises.

“This is how my «yes» saves the world”

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Her lockdown began well before the Coronavirus outbreak, with a change of job and the many questions that exploded in the face of fatigue. Yet, in the midst of all this, it is possible to live “peace”, as Barbara recounts from Nigeria.

Out of the whirlwind

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She is a teacher to two hundred pupils and mother of six children. She is busy with video-lessons and keeping the house running. “How do I start breathing again?” A question that finds a surprising answer where you least expect it.

The Zoom that gets you back into the game

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Her mum is in hospital in a critical condition. An evening of singing with GS students dissuades resignation. "Young people who, seemingly, have nothing to do with me."

The tools He gives me

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Isolation measures have dramatically changed everyone's working circumstances. But one thing has not changed: "His alliance, His preference, the treasure to be sought."

Deacon Michael's ordination announcement

In This Concrete Companionship

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Deacon Michael discovers that his ordination will be delayed due to COVID-19. How will he face this new reality?

Bread, fish and school that is alive

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The coronavirus tsunami has turned the lives of students and teachers upside down. What do we do? Small steps, made up of computers and video-lessons, between doubts and attempts. And that screen that gradually fills up with faces.

The One who fills our warehouses

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During the pandemic, demand has increased by 30%. But extraordinary donations to the Lazio Food Bank have never been lacking, like the donations from comedian Maurizio Battista and his friends from "The Hummingbird".