My heart is glad because you live, oh Christ

Notes of the introduction of Fr. Julián Carrón to the Spiritual Exercises of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation (Rimini, April 28, 2017). "... Let us elevate our awareness, let us reawaken our responsibility!"
Fr. Julián Carrón

“Let not your prayer be a mechanical exercise,” Fr. Giussani told us. Therefore, “let us elevate our awareness, let us reawaken our responsibility! […] The whole world is as if under this leaden pall that is the forgetfulness of the reason one wakes up in the morning, takes things up again, takes oneself in hand again. The impact that all things have on the human person is to say: ‘Wake up […]’. […] My God, how this redemption of every morning should be! But instead, an oppressive forgetfulness is what normally disqualifies our days from the beginning, even if they are then full of activity. […] When we gather together, we do so to look again toward the light […] [to shake off this forgetfulness, to] not allow the person near us to cry, alone and without a horizon. […] In this way, in this moment, our head can emerge from the normal fog that usually covers it: we re-gain awareness, resume our responsibility for ourselves and for things, for love of ourselves and for love of the sun, for love of ourselves and for love of people. […] It is up to us that this companionship be awake in the world and subsist, this possibility of companionship that abolishes the isolation between me and you, between one person and another person, and enables things to be useful, enables time to be useful.”
Let us ask with all the awareness of which we are capable...

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