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Traces N.9, October 2011

EditorialsThe Bunker and the Windows

It’s hard to find a more concrete image: “a bunker with no windows, in which we ourselves provide lighting and atmospheric conditions.” A bunker, with no openings, no contact with the outside world. Just to think of it is stifling. Yet this is the way...

Traces N.8, September 2011

EditorialsThe Side We Are On

This year, the Rimini Meeting was impressive, because of the visit of Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Italian Republic, and his hard-hitting speech; because of John Elkann, young President of Fiat, speaking about himself openly with his Chief...

Traces N.7, July/August 2011

EditorialsThe Opportunity

Who knows if we will be available to face the challenge, to avoid filing the words that we so often hear at the beginning of summer under "already heard speeches"–clean, correct, and to be quoted by heart but, still, just words. Father Giussani always...

Traces N.6, June 2011

EditorialsIn Front of the Facts

"Sometimes we have to ask ourselves what it means to have an impact on history. What moves the human person deep within?" Julián Carrón, CL responsible, posed this question–this challenge–at a recent public gathering. The first way to fail to take it...

Traces N.5, May 2011

EditorialsFaith and Freedom

Three days, just like those that marked the culmination of Holy Week the preceding weekend…. Arrival in Rimini on Friday, return to Rome on Sunday, first for the Spiritual Exercises of the Fraternity of CL and then the Beatification of John Paul II. They...

Traces N.4, April 2011

EditorialsTrue Heritage

In the painful confusion presently surrounding us, only a few things are clear and certain. One of these is that we cannot live on the proceeds of the past any longer. For example, we cannot base our tranquility on political balances consolidated decades...

Traces N.3, March 2011

EditorialsThe Only Weapon

What do we mean when we say we need to judge? And why is it so urgent, as the Pope points out, that "the intelligence of faith become intelligence of reality"? Let's be quite clear: at times it escapes us. We tend to think of it as something that has...

Traces N.2, February 2011

EditorialsA Passion for Our Lives

Six years after his death, FR. LUIGI GIUSSANI goes on generating a people, reaching even those who never knew him personally: a Muslim teacher, a Jewish jurist, an Orthodox theologian, an Anglican pastor, and a journalist. Here is the story of a...

Traces N.1, January 2011

EditorialsThe Miracle We All Await

"That Christianity gives joy and breadth is also a thread that runs through my whole life. Ultimately someone who is always only in opposition could probably not endure life at all" (Light of the World, Part 1). These words of Benedict XVI challenge us to...

Traces N.11, December 2010

EditorialsA Historic Opportunity

This month’s editorial is a flyer written by the Spanish CL community after Benedict XVI’s visit to Santiago de Compostela and Barcelona. It speaks of Spain and Gaudí, but holds true for everyone, not only because what the Pope said before the impressive...

Traces N.10, November 2010

EditorialsWhat Happened?

Take a look, and say if it isn’t a good sign. You come away surprised from an evening, a meeting with a few friends, or a more impressive event, and find yourself taken up, almost dominated, by an unexpected question that you can’t answer lightly: What...

Traces N.9, October 2010

EditorialsAnother Chernobyl

We just have to hear the word “relativism” to jump to the wrong conclusions. Our thoughts fly at once to something abstract; important, yes–that’s why the Pope keeps talking about it. To be honest, though, we tend to see it as a philosophical problem, a...

Traces N.8, September 2010

EditorialsYou, Now

We took our leave before the summer, laying the accent on a word that Benedict XVI–and along with him, the force of reality–has continually recalled us to: “conversion,” the need to keep our eyes fixed on Christ. Now, in September, we find ourselves rich...

Traces N.7, July/August 2010

EditorialsThe One True Need

At a certain point in your work, you want to stop a moment and look back–to see how much you have grown, what steps you have taken. And, usually, if you think about it, the best moment for doing this is the summer, when the “social year” slows down and...

Traces N.6, June 2010

EditorialsThe Power of a "Yes"

It’s true that, at times, numbers talk. On May 16th, two hundred thousand people were in St. Peter’s Square, to welcome the Pope and to be welcomed by him for the Regina Coeli prayer–a rare spectacle, coming only three days after the four hundred thousand...

Traces N.5, May 2010

EditorialsGrounded in Fullness

There was a moment during the recent weeks when even the storm unleashed on the Church suddenly stopped. Just an instant, the kind when your breath stops in your throat and a silence full of amazement descends. The Pope cried. It happened in Malta, with...

Traces N.4, April 2010

EditorialsLet Us Return, Wounded, to Christ

None of us has ever been as dismayed as we are in front of the heart-wrenching story of child abuse. Our dismay arises from our inability to respond to the demand for justice which springs from the bottom of our hearts. The request to assume...

Traces N.3, March 2010

EditorialsThe Thread

What freedom we breathe when we find out that life has unity! We can live without fractures (which eventually become fissures) in our daily lives, without separating facts from aspirations, desires from circumstances, faith from reality... Life is one, it...

Traces N.2, February 2010

EditorialsA New Story

Five years ago, Fr. Giussani died. At the conclusion of his funeral, celebrated by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Fr. Julián Carrón, the successor, entrusted to the 40,000 people present the challenge he felt first of all for himself: “I am sure that if...

Traces N.1, January 2010

EditorialsThat Nostalgia For The Infinite

Dear Editor, There is a phrase of Dostoevsky that accompanies me these days, when I have to speak of Christianity to all kinds of people in Italy and abroad: “Can an educated man, a European of our time, believe–truly believe–in the divinity of the Son...

Traces N.11, December 2009

EditorialsIn Front of Him

The challenge is all there, on that leaflet stuck on the wall in the corridor of the Faculty of Physics in Milan University. The text is the flyer that Communion and Liberation published concerning the ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that, in...