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Traces N.11, December 2015

EditorialsGod's Method

Those who have had the grace to go at least once to Bethlehem or Nazareth know those places were truly a nothing, just holes and hewn rocks in the desert of places that even back then were periphery, unknown to the world.And yet God chose to become flesh...

Traces N.9, October 2015

EditorialsSowing In Crooked Furrows

It was a historic visit for multiple reasons, and the article found in this issue of Traces captures them well. Amidst the meaningful moments of Pope Francis’s trip to Cuba and the United States, one stood out as particularly touching for mothers and...

Traces N.8, September 2015

EditorialsJust as in The Beginning

An image made its way around in the last month. It was of Aylan, the three-year-old Syrian child who drowned while traveling to the West and was found by a Turkish police officer on the beach in Bodrum. It’s impossible to look at that image without...

Traces N.7, July/August 2015

EditorialsThe Deeper Question

At the heart of Laudato Si’, amidst the many important questions that Pope Francis raises, we find one at the foundation of all else: “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?” It’s not a...

Traces N.6, June 2015

EditorialsWhat Is Truly Worthwhile

We should reflect more often on this gospel. It is in our best interest because reality closes in on us so tight at times that it seems ready to crush and overwhelm us, yet in these lines we can always find solid ground on which to stand firm and carry...

Traces N.5, May 2015

EditorialsA Redeemed Gaze

Those words made a lasting impression on us. Months later, they are still fresh in our minds and our hearts. It was last summer, shortly after the invasion of Mosul and the expulsion of Christians, with ISIS on the march all over the area. The opening...

Traces N.4, April 2015

EditorialsThrough Our Small "Yes"

This issue’s editorial is an excerpt from the dialogue with Fr. Julián Carrón, conducted by the Mexican news agency Notimex and then published in Vatican Insider. The Movement’s expansion presents challenges.In many environments, the Movement...

Traces N.3, March 2015

EditorialsThat Gaze Present Today

Today in Saint Peter’s Square we have experienced anew the encounter with Christ. We saw Him primerear right before our eyes through the person and the gaze of Pope Francis, the same gaze that won over Matthew two thousand years ago, but present today!...

Traces N.2, February 2015

EditorialsThe Dearest Presence in Our Life

Dear Friends, As you all know by now, Pope Francis has granted our request for an audience in Saint Peter’s Square for the tenth anniversary of Fr. Giussani’s death and the sixtieth anniversary of the beginning of our Movement. The gratitude that...

Traces N.1, January 2015

EditorialsThe Apparent Fragility That Continues To Cause Us to Reflect

Dear Editor, Pope Francis never ceases to amaze us. Speaking at the December 17th General Audience, he said, “The Incarnation of the Son of God opens a new beginning in the universal history of man and woman [...] within a family, in Nazareth [...], in...

Traces N.11, December 2014

Editorials A Strange Presence

So then, what are we here for? The reason is dual, and the second is the consequence of the first; one could say, immediate or contingent consequence of the first. The first is: we are here to say...We were walking along a road, we heard someone talking,...

Traces N.10, November 2014

EditorialsThe Treasure on Our Journey

Strange attitudes are emerging in certain sectors of the Catholic world. This phenomenon was clearly seen, for example, during the Synod on the Family, not so much in the debate among the Synod Fathers on the “new challenges” confronting family life today...

Traces N.9, October 2014

EditorialsWhy School?

With its 180 days of classes—and accompanying sports team practices, games, club meetings, rehearsals, concerts, musicals, and hours of homework—school is certainly an ubiquitous part of American life. This year, 55 million students and 3.6 million...

Traces N.8, September 2014

EditorialsRecapturing What is Human

Among the many things that blew us away at this last Rimini Meeting, one image has particularly stayed with us. It was offered to us by Fr. Antonio Spadaro, director of the Italian Catholic magazine La Civiltà Cattolica, in a beautiful meeting dedicated...

Traces N.7, July/August 2014

EditorialsWhat Are You Looking For?

It can be a strange period, this time between June and August. These are weeks when, in one way or another, the usual rhythms and habits of life are left behind and everything emerges in an atypical way, different from how we see them the rest of the...

Traces N.6, June 2014

EditorialsLike Artisans

We were not expecting this. It was a pilgrimage, born for the most part as a way to mark the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras and so therefore the theme would center on ecumenism and dialogue with our...

Traces N.5, May 2014

EditorialsJust a Life

It was a once-in-a-lifetime anomaly. A quirk in the calendar that offered two very different events in the space of a month, yet both were and are destined to take up much space in the newspapers and on TV. One is already quite literally history: it will...

Traces N.4, April 2014

EditorialsNew Eyes

The objection has been more or less the same since the times of Judas and the Apostles: Does Jesus truly respond to the problems that life sets before us? Can He solve the problems and remove the troubles of an ever-more disoriented, uncertain humanity,...

Traces N.3, March 2014

EditorialsPeople

We would never have imagined it, a year ago–not like this. But the tremor, which was triggered by Pope Benedict XVI’s great and prophetic gesture, and which then exploded with the advent of Pope Francis, is truly shaking the Church, down to the heart of...

Traces N.2, February 2014

EditorialsThe Factor Par Excellence

The tenth anniversary of Facebook should not give us pause–afterall, it is “unconscious habit” by now. But pause we must, stopped in our tracks when the disenfranchised state of not only our youth culture but of all aspects of our fragmented lives shows...

Traces N.1, January 2014

EditorialsChurch on the Streets

January 21st, in the news: the UN rescinds Iran’s invitation to talks on Syria; the crisis in Sudan escalates around oil; Ukrainian unrest has become violent; a tug-of-war continues in the GOP power grab as tension between parties hunkers down to pounce...