Editorials

Traces N. 2, February 2019

EditorialsResuming the Dialogue

Do we truly believe that the other is “a good for me”? Do we actually recognize this in our daily experience? When we say it again here, repeating a line that our readers have seen often in this magazine, we do not do so in order to articulate...

Traces N. 1, January 2019

EditorialsThe True Difference

If there is one thing we cannot allow ourselves in the situation of widespread malaise in which we are immersed, it is a failure to perceived facts that point in the opposite direction. We have these facts right in front of us, at times even enormous ones...

Traces N.11, December 2018

EditorialsPoor in Spirit

Those who read Traces regularly will be familiar with the extraordinary lesson that Fr. Giussani gave in Varigotti in 1968 to a group of young people of the Péguy Center, not only because the text was published as Page One on the CL website, but also...

Traces N.10, November 2018

EditorialsThe Human Factor

In this issue of Traces we are trying to take another step on a journey. In the last month, we asked what makes it possible to generate people able to bear today’s confusion caused by the impact with a frighteningly chaotic reality that at times prompts...

Traces N.9, October 2018

EditorialsFreedom and Vocation

By the time you read this issue of Traces, the Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment will already be underway. It is a historic opportunity, because it involves a crucial topic for the Church and the world. Young people are not...

Traces N.8, September 2018

EditorialsThe Impact of History

"We want everything” was one of the slogans of the demonstrators in 1968 and became the title of one of the most visited exhibits during this year’s Rimini Meeting. These three words struck many during the week of the Meeting. It is also a cry that...

Traces N.7, July/August 2018

EditorialsMinute by Minute

What makes us happy? What can truly fill the human heart, deep down? This may seem like a hackneyed or even insignificant question compared to other issues that at first sight would seem much bigger, such as politics or the economy. And yet it is a...

Traces N. 6, June 2018

EditorialsFlower Buds

What newness does faith bring to the world, to this world? We may take this question for granted, ready with answers that risk becoming formulaic based on distinctive values, different life choices, and an understanding of the human person that is...

Traces N.5, May 2018

EditorialsA Journey We Walk Together

Dear friend, what you have in your hands is the new Traces. The changes are substantial, as you can see. We thought this was the right moment to go from the periodical to which you–and we–were accustomed, to a “news magazine” style. The nature of the...

Traces N.4, April 2018

EditorialsThe Facts Before Our Eyes

We have our ideas, sometimes even correct ones, perhaps forged over years of observation and in-depth study of things that, at a certain point, in one way or another, we think we “know.” And then we have the facts, those things that continually happen...

Traces N.3, March 2018

EditorialsWords and Gestures

Five years have passed since that evening. Just two days into the Conclave, on the heels of the major shock of the previous month when Pope Benedict XVI stepped down, came another exciting event: Francis, the first Pope from Latin America, whom the...

Traces N.2, February 2018

Editorials"Our One Desire is to Follow Him"

Dear friends, As you know, I had the joy of being received in a private audience with Pope Francis on Friday, February 2nd. My desire was to share with him, the guide of our Christian people, the steps we have taken since our momentous meeting with him...

Traces N.1, January 2018

EditorialsThe Christmas of Jesus is Truly for Everyone, No One Excluded

Realities are more important than ideas” (Evangelii Gaudium, 231). There is no greater challenge to our reason, to our human logic, than a fact, a real event. Let us think of the Jewish people in exile, of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke. When everything...

Traces N.11, December 2017

EditorialsLiving the Essential

What makes it possible for 145,000 people (Italians and others, in other parts of the world) to give freely of their time on a Saturday to ask others to donate something to the poor, encountering over and over, millions of times, a very concrete “yes”?...

Traces N.10, November 2017

EditorialsSurprised by Beauty

During the recent tour presenting Disarming Beauty in the United States and Canada, something happened that is worth looking at. In those seven events in eight days, with three thousand miles of flights, in which many different worlds entered into...

Traces N.9, October 2017

EditorialsA Radical Difference

This month, you could read the entire message of Traces in just one sidebar. You can find it on page 14 with the story of Catalonia preparing to face the post-referendum chaos. The vote took place before this issue went to press, but we don’t know what...

Traces N.8, September 2017

EditorialsSharpen Your Sight

There was a moment in this year’s Meeting of Rimini that gave form to everything, and thanks be to God, it came right away, at the beginning. It was the message from Pope Francis, sent by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, who also...

Traces N.7, July/August 2017

EditorialsWith Our Hands Open

The words of Fr. Giussani that follow are always new, even if we have already heard them, because they get you where it hurts, a provocation that appears when summer comes and our lives ease up a bit from fixed commitments, obligations, and work. “The...

Traces N.6, June 2017

EditorialsA Social Presence

The first chapter of Disarming Beauty, Julián Carrón’s new book (which has just been released in English, following after the Italian, the Spanish, and Portuguese versions), concludes with words that were said three years ago in reference to the situation...

Traces N.5, May 2017

EditorialsThe Horizon

It has just arrived in bookstores in Italy, with the curious title Una strana compagnia [A Strange Companionship], and a heading that identifies it the first volume in a series with a similarly unusual name: “Christianity Put to the Test.” It is the...

Traces N.4, April 2017

EditorialsThe One Who Leads History

There’s a simple way to understand what it is that the Church brings to the world: just look at what happened when Pope Francis visited Milan. Crowds everywhere, all day long. A million people, according to the counts. And it was a joyful crowd, happy,...