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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,...

Traces N.3, March 2017

EditorialsHope in an Embrace

This month’s editorial is a letter written by Julián Carrón, President of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, for the upcoming visit to Milan of Pope Francis. The text was published in the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, on March 1,...

Traces N.2, February 2017

EditorialsThe Most Concrete Aspect

There is a place in life where we cannot cheat, not even with ourselves: work. This is not just because we spend most of our time there. As Fr. Giussani always reminded us, our true “I” is seen only as we discover ourselves “in action.” It emerges from an...

Traces N.1, January 2017

EditorialsA Courageous Beginning

If there is one word we hear often these days, it is beginning, a lovely word in and of itself, but at times also a difficult, if not even wearisome one to hear and use, because it concerns not just the year that is starting, but also all the unknowns...

Traces N.11, December 2016

EditorialsA Particular History

There’s a strong tie between the cover of this issue of Traces–the announcement of the coming of Christmas, in the form of the flyer that CL produces every year to tell the world how decisive that fact is for our lives–and the closing of the Holy Door,...

Traces N.9, October 2016

EditorialsThe Keystone

The day is approaching. In little more than a month, on November 20th, Pope Francis will close the Holy Door. The Year of Mercy will be over, at least in form. But there is nothing greater and truer, nothing that speaks to us better about God, than...

Traces N.8, September 2016

EditorialsA Human Sympathy

September has come, and almost without realizing it, we come to a fork in the road. We get back to normal life as we return to work, school, and university. Everyday life starts again. If vacations are “the time of freedom,” as Fr. Giussani reminded us,...

Traces N.7, July/August 2016

EditorialsHere, Where We Are

How do we experience mercy? Above all, “when have we discovered we need mercy to live?” This question is the theme of the summer vacation for CL communities. It is a pressing question, at the end of such an intense year, marked by terrible events and high...

Traces N.6, June 2016

EditorialsSeeking Nothing Else

If there’s a word that can provoke instant disagreement and controversy today, it’s “Europe.” Not only because the Union is tangled in a knot of challenges proving harder and harder to unravel (the influx of migrants, the raising of walls, the risk of ....

Traces N.5, May 2016

EditorialsLonging to Learn His Gaze

This issue’s editorial is the letter written by Fr. Julián Carrón to Communion and Liberation after the audience with Pope Francis on April 14th, and one year after the meeting with the Movement in St. Peter’s square. Dear friends: As you know, on...

Traces N.4, April 2016

EditorialsA Boundless Question

There is a portion of the world that we look at rarely, and even then, only sporadically. We do so on particular occasions, for example, when protestors, for or against Lula, filled the streets in Brazil, or when Barack Obama made a historic visit to Cuba...

Traces N.3, March 2016

EditorialsLook at the Facts

There is so much arguing in the world and among Christians. People debate, often with vicious intensity. Divisions are formed that last for centuries, each side supported by mounds of good reasons.And suddenly, seemingly insurmountable barriers, fixed as...

Traces N.2, February 2016

EditorialsToday For You

That contribution can we Christians make to today’s troubled world? Everyone sees the suffering, and in varied ways it is in everyone’s life. It takes the form of what is happening on the global stage: terrorism, a “world war fought piecemeal,” the...