Stories - 2007

United States Supreme Court Building. Photo by Jeff Kubina via Wikimedia Commons

Can a Good Judge Ever Do Justice?

US & MoreMarta Cartabia

Judges, lawyers, professors, and even an outstanding Justice of the United States Supreme Court… For a week, they had to reckon with an eternal question, one that affects all of us.

In God We Trust. Photo by Kevin Dooley via Flickr

Will God Save America?

US & MoreCarlo Dignola

Surveys claim religion is still strong. Politicians, in canvasing for votes, wave the Bible. And yet Protestant theologian Stanley Hauerwas believes that Christianity, in the nation born from the search for happiness, is becoming increasingly weaker.

Kampala, Uganda. Wikimedia Commons

Life with a Family of Eight

WorldPaola Ronconi

The story of the Pizzi family, who have been living in Africa for more than twenty years–at first in Uganda, then in Kenya, and now in Ethiopia–always certain of the loving face that allows one to always feel accompanied.

Don Giussani with Shodo Habukawa

“Monsignor Luigi Giussani is a Part of Me”

WorldShôdô Habukawa

In 1987, Professor Shodo Habukawa invited Fr. Giussani to speak to his monks. After twenty years, he who is now Supreme Chief of the Shingon Buddhism, remembers that first embrace.

Christ healing the leper. Wikimedia Commons

Learning from Rachel

EncountersElvira Parravicini

Man is finite and subsequently so is medicine. What do you do when there doesn't seem to be an answer? What does it mean to love someone for whom hope seems difficult? We look at a story that begins to answer these questions here.

University of Notre Dame's Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Wikimedia Commons

Living Campus Life to the Fullest

EncountersAlberto Savorana

Professor Paolo Carozza, an internationally respected law scholar, teaches at one of America’s most prestigious Catholic universities. His work has generated a movement of students and colleagues that introduces a newness to the whole college.

The Benedictine Saints by Jan Joostsz van Hillegom. Via Wikimedia Commons

A Companionship to Walk With

US & MoreRich Veras

Though we usually take it for granted, the mere fact that men are called to be Christ’s presence on earth as ordained priests is astounding. Their path is not one that cannot be walked alone.

Dublin, Irealand, Wikimedia Commnons

The Dubliners, The Wager

US & MoreAnna Leonardi

The vicissitudes of a group of friends in the Irish capital, beginning in the 1980s and still going strong, always in movement in a country in transformation.

The Disciples Peter and John Running to the Tomb by Eugene Burnand via Wikimedia Commons

The Rose of Texas Always Starting Anew

US & MoreMaurizio Maniscalco

The everyday life of a group of Americans, with lots of Italians “passing through:” judging life and sticking together, to open up to the world while not getting lost in it.

Nairobi, Kenya. Creative Commons CC0

A Stronger Bond

WorldNunzia Capriglione

People set in motion not because of an effort, but by the need to share their lives, their work, and the way they raise their children, describe their experience. A revolution in Africa: the end of solitude.

View of the Missouri River from the Abbey of Benedictine College. Photographer Patricia Duncan via Wikimedia Commons

From Regensburg to Atchison

EncountersMaurizio Maniscalco

The story of the discovery of Fr. Giussani in the words of the Subprior of the Atchison Abbey: “I believe that the Movement has helped me recognize that, here and now, with these monks, I encounter Christ”

Doctor Greeting Patient. Flickr

The Unexpected?

WorldPaola Bergamini

A mother in coma, and a medical team that decided to compensate for the vital functions in order to permit her to give birth, without aggressive treatment, accepting reality as it is.

Abbey church. Via Wikimedia Commons

From Regensburg to Atchison

EncountersMaurizio Maniscalco

The story of the discovery of Fr. Giussani in the words of the Subprior of the Atchison Abbey: “I believe that the Movement has helped me recognize that, here and now, with these monks, I encounter Christ.”

Atchison Kansas. Photo via Flickr

The Monk and the Captain

US & MoreMaurizio Maniscalco

These are unexpected encounters with the Benedictines of Atchison, Kansas, a presence in this town since 1855. The meetings at Benedictine College, the birth of the CL community, and the Memores Domini house tell an exceptional story.