Letters - 2022 - Page 2

Liao Xinci

Taiwan: "To let God love me"


Liao Xinci received Baptism in Taipei during the Easter vigil. A story that began eight years ago when she met some friends from CL in college, and that she recounts today in this letter…

Photo: Unsplash/Calwaen Liew

Ukraine: "Tonight I encountered the stars"


A professor from Naples forwarded us a message he received from one of his former Ukrainian students, who returned to his country a few years ago. His years at school and that moment during the curfew looking up to the sky…

Ukrainian refugees in Poland (© Gabriel Pietka)

Poland: "How to have God in our home"


Celina has just retired and has now come to understand why she studied Russian so many years ago. Anna and her husband have also opened their home to five strangers thanks to whom she has rediscovered the value of her time and savings....

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Rimini: “The indelible mark”


Morning prayer, the news of the war and all the fears that assail her. Then that gaze on her own life… A letter from a 17-year-old student

Caracas (Photo: Jorge Campos/Unsplash)

Venezuela-Florida: A boundless friendship


In 2019, Enrico from Gainesville responded to the request for help from Venezuelan friends. The entire American community was mobilized. Since then, that gesture has never ceased, which is a mutual testimony...

Preparing packages for Venezuela

Having the breath of the world within


Emanuela's School of Community group began to talk about what is happening in Ukraine. And the need to help in any way possible arose, but so did the feeling that everything was too little…

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Ukraine: each to their own work


What does war have to do with writing your thesis? What use is so much work compared to so much suffering? Sofia goes to see her thesis advisor and asks him this question. And the answer is unexpected…

Bombed Kyiv (Miguel A. Lopes/Ansa)

The war, Ungaretti and my students


Giving a literature lesson and then seeing the invasion of Ukraine on TV. But it was the tears of a student with an Eastern surname that made that event real. The letter of a teacher…

(Photo: Ken Friis Larsen/Unsplash)

“Here, you even forget you have a cell phone"


An evening with the Knights of the “ClanDestino” group in Lugano with three very different girls. Each reacts in her own way, but something makes a deep impression on all of them. “If I had met you before, I would not have started wearing make-up…”

Rosetta Brambilla (© Obras Educativas Padre Giussani)

Belo Horizonte: A name and a story


In the heart of Brazil since 1967, Rosetta Brambilla retraces what has happened since those first years of mission: the preschools, the educational centers, working with families…works that "would not exist if I had not met Fr. Giussani".

'First Steps' by Jean-François Millet (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

It is not in my hands


After seeing Carlo Acutis’ Eucharistic Exhibition, Eugenia finds herself full of questions and the desire to share what she has received: "When you receive so much and you are grateful for it, the only thing you can do is to share it with others. "

Antony Gormley, Untitled (for Francis), 1985 (Photo: Luca Fiore)

My thirsty impotence


To ask ourselves today, "But if God is in all, what am I? Who are you?” The work of the School of Community and that discovery towards the end of the evening…

Photo: Unsplash/Alex Motoc

That instant of life


Maria waits on a bench for a friend who is running late, and thanks to the gaze of a stranger becomes aware of what is around her, with all its novelty.

(Photo: Antoine Dautry/Unsplash)

"Prof, some things can't be measured"


Anna teaches Mathematics in a high school. On the last day before her maternity leave, her students surprised her to express their gratitude.... And suddenly uncomfortable problems became bearable…

"Harmony in Red" by Henri Matisse (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Signs of His Presence


Her father's illness and the decree of the Dicastery of the Laity. Silvia discovers signs of God's love in the midst of challenging circumstances. "My responsibility is to beg Him to show me signs of His Presence."

The CL Fraternity Exercises (Photo: Archivio di CL/Roberto Masi)

"I realized that everything was already there”


Simone has decided to become a member of the Fraternity of CL. He had always put it off, without really addressing questions and doubts. Then came a dialogue with a friend, "like a rock that triggers an avalanche."

Chicago (Photo: Unsplash/Max Bender)

Saturdays of Singing


Sharing her desire with her friends, Sally invites the Chicago Community to participate in a monthly moment of singing together.

A burnt car in front of the residence of the Kazakh President (Photo: Valery Sharifulin//Sipa USA/Mondadori Portfolio)

Kazakhstan: "We pray for the victims of violence"


The message of Monsignor Adelio Dell'Oro, Bishop of Karaganda. "We are saddened by so much violence and disrespect for human life. Only with true religiosity, a real dependence on God, we can discover ourselves as brothers and sisters.”

The evening watching the documentary on the APAC prison at My Father's House

On a journey "deep down" into the human


His friendship with Jim, whom he met seven years ago, and the birth of a housing community for parolees. Lorenzo from Colorado recounts what he has experienced in recent months.


Tunisia: “Why and for whom we are here”


“It is more evident than ever that it is not a matter of ‘saying’ but of ‘being’.” Service in the Diocese, encounters and relationships with the people. A letter from Tunis.

The women of the Memores house in Tunis