Letters - 2021 - Page 2

Peter, Denver

I saw the unexpected


It was Peter's first time following the Fraternity Exercises. What stuck in his mind was how much we need Christ to break through. A few days later he went to dinner at "My Father's House", a non-profit organisation that supports men on parole...

The cover of the Japanese edition of "The radiance in your eyes"

The adventure of the "radiance" in Japanese


Marcia has just finished translating Carrón's book, which came out last year. It was a long and complicated job, forcing her to get to the bottom of what the text was saying. But it was worth it, even if it were just for one person.

Accompanied, In Every Step


For Monica, coming together to watch the Exercises is the chance to experience that "someone thinks about me."

Hiroshima (Photo: Lorenzo Lamonica/Unsplash)

Japan: discovering yourselves as companions


The Spiritual Exercises of the CL Fraternity have just been held for the Japanese community. Sako from Hiroshima and Michiyo from Yokohama recount what they experienced.

The sons and daughters of a Queen


The Massachusetts community began the month of May with a pilgrimage. "An amazing sense of a common understanding of what we were doing there and what had brought us together." Fr. Luis experiences the "taste of freedom" with his friends from Boston.

Photo: Unsplash/Erik Mclean

New, unforeseen traces


Her first Fraternity Exercises after ten years. Her return to School of Community... Marilena speaks of how her hope was rekindled.

Tom Sullivan

Tom's undefended heart


He met the movement in the mid-1980s and from there a great story of communion was born. This is how a friend remembered Tom Sullivan at his funeral a few days ago.

Macerata-Loreto: "Our journey handed over to the Pope"


The historic pilgrimage on foot will take place again this year in a special format, with a live gesture from the Holy House on Saturday, June 12. In the meantime, the organizers went to an audience with Pope Francis.

The vigil in the Church of Santa Maria Segreta in Milan

"The freedom to say 'Here I am'"


The desire to start over after a year of restrictions and exhaustion. Universities are slowly being filled again. Sofia shares her questions and the Archbishop of Milan's provocation during the vigil for university students.

Mexico: Like a bucket of cold water


A terrible subway accident claimed 25 fatalities last Wednesday in the Mexican capital. The outrage over such an event is mixed with shock and the evidence that "our life depends in every instant.”

Photo: Unsplash/Martin Castro

Fraternity Exercises: "Invited to change mindset"


A year of pandemic, hospitalization for Covid, treatment at home, the closeness of so many friends... And the opportunity to follow the three-day Fraternity event online. Luca speaks of his gratitude for what is happening.

Endri's baptism

"Children of the same Father"


The Baptism of a friend met at university. A yes that becomes the sign of a preference for each of his friends, of "Christ working in us".

Following the Exercises in Cantù

Fraternity 2021: "Those who love do not need to be summoned”


A small group of friends from Cantù follow the Spiritual Exercises in a parish. At the end of the three-day event, the priest who hosted them wrote to say thank you: "I pray that you may bring a hope that does not disappoint to every person you meet..."

Way of the Cross, Dublin

Dublin: living asking Christ to reveal himself


Churches in Ireland are still closed due to the pandemic. Organizing the Good Friday gesture was a bit of an odyssey, but also an opportunity for new encounters and to enjoy the wonder of the latest arrival to our community.

(Photo: Molly Belle/Unplash)

It takes courage to seek happiness


Bice attended the GS Easter Triduum. The appeal of what she heard and the questions and desires that have arisen. "And if I find myself at the mercy of fear and pain, I will think back to how I have been reborn during these days."

(Photo: Rajesh Kavasseri/Unsplash)

Life happens now


When Covid hit, Matt found himself working under one roof with his six kids and his pregnant wife, desperately seeking "projects" that provided an escape. Then, an invitation came.

Giovanni Francesco Romanelli, "St. John and St. Peter at Christ's Tomb" (detail), 1640. © Los Angeles County Museum of Art

A mother at the Easter Triduum


Eight years after graduating, Anna was able to follow the Good Friday gesture for CL university students. "Even as a wife and mother, I need a Father to follow."

Tilburg University chaplaincy (Photo: Luca Fiore)

The voice of the movement in Dutch


The pandemic has been an opportunity to translate some of the texts proposed by CL to be able to read them in their mother tongue and to make new encounters: "from the last to arrive, we learn what the charism we have received is”.

Photo: Kari Shea/Unsplash

When plans fall through


In isolation, worried about "filling her time," Emanuela felt that the more she did, the greater her discomfort at not being able to go out. Then, in such an unwanted situation, a question opened wide…

Photo: Unsplash/Mihály Köles

"A smile in the eyes that is not mine"


Helping the homeless with the Sisters of Mother Teresa has changed shape because of Covid and the restrictions. Pietro, a university student, is also forced to change by discovering something new, as he recounts in this letter.