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Traces N.11, December 2005

EditorialsA Proposal for Facing Reality

What do a famous singer like Mina and one of the many mothers of Rome have in common? They both responded in the same way to the appeal launched in mid-November by more than fifty figures from the Italian worlds of culture and economy: “If there were an...

Traces N.10, November 2005

EditorialsThe Urgency of Reason

In recent times, the discussion concerning the faith and its “public” value, that is, faith’s relationship with the capacity to reason and the impact it can have on the life of society and its problems, has become more vigorous. It is a debate that has...

Traces N.9, October 2005

EditorialsTo Educate: The Greatest Risk of Life

The word “risk” isn’t very fashionable these days, unless perhaps in terms of something to do with business or sports. And yet, for revival of various sectors of our society–from the economy to politics–many are calling for a renewed capacity for risk....

Traces N.8, September 2005

EditorialsFascinated by Christ

The 26th edition of the Meeting of Rimini was a success: participants numbering well beyond expectations, presentations of the highest quality, cutting-edge cultural and social debates, considerable media attention, and, above all, myriad encounters,...

Traces N.7, July/August 2005

EditorialsThe Meeting of Freedom

Perhaps there is yet another reason to go to the Rimini Meeting this year. The volunteers and workers who are its protagonists, those who visit it, and all those who profess a love of freedom will be challenged by the title chosen by its organizers:...

Traces N.6, June 2005

EditorialsThe Energy of the Ideal

An oft-used adage says, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Many indicators published these days in the press assert that Italy and, more in general, Europe, are heading for an even more difficult period, particularly economically. The...

Traces N.5, May 2005

EditorialsA Humanity that God Came to Save

Our time, and especially the century just passed, has always appealed to people’s desires. They all spoke of it–philosophers, doctors, politicians, salesmen, and advertisers–often exalting and at the same time impoverishing their meaning; or bending human...

Traces N.4, April 2005

EditorialsThe Glory of God Is Man Fully Alive

“My friends, let us serve this man, let us serve Christ in this great man with all our existence.” These were Giussani’s words to us as he left his first audience with John Paul II at the beginning of 1979. We have tried to realize these words in all...

Traces N.2, February 2005

EditorialsThe Supreme Sign of Hope

Fifty years ago, Paul Claudel died. His work and his person are still the object of much debate. Some despise him and some place him among the great. What is important for us is that his genius has left us some great works, like the Announcement Made to...

Traces N.1, January 2005

EditorialsThe Gamble of God’s Power in Time

We offer the text of Fr Giussani’s reflection on Christmas, written for the 8:30 pm edition of Channel 2 Television News on the Italian national television network, at the request of the editor, Mauro Mazza. December 24, 2004 Why does Jesus come? How...

Traces N.11, December 2004

EditorialsA Human Encounter in Which God Is Present

We are living in a time that many call a time of crisis. In the analyses of the social changes, both anthropological and economic, we often get the feeling of an age that is drawing to a close. And the new one that looms over the horizon has often the...

Traces N.10, November 2004

EditorialsThat Car on the Road to Loreto

To tell the truth, it wasn’t a car but a coach, otherwise there would not have been room for all of them. It was a mixed company: a policeman and his fiancée, a former wide guy and his friend, a nephew of anarchist bombers (himself a kind of anarchist)...

Traces N.8, September 2004

EditorialsPassionate Love for the Mystery of Man

Milan, August 2004 Dear friends, The Pope’s words show us in a surprising and exemplary way the labor of an educative work for the people of God as a love for man, as the concern of a parent for an only child–a father quick to intervene in every social...

Traces N.7, July/August 2004

EditorialsChristian Event and Idolatry

For some time now, an anti-Christian controversy has been back in action. On a number of occasions, and in relation to different facts, philosophers, journalists and so-called mâitres a penser have accused the religious sense of being the direct or...

Traces N.6, June 2004

EditorialsChrist Is Risen! I Have Done Nothing...

Recently, Cardinal Ratzinger and the President of the Italian Senate, Marcello Pera–one a believer and the other a non-believing liberal–expressed, each from his own point of view, their concern at the grave moment we are living. What is at stake, they...

Traces N.5, May 2004

EditorialsThe Victory over Nothingness Is the Great Presence of Something Else

“If we eliminate Christ, we kill God,” Nietzsche had declared, and the whole modern era took this terrible affirmation of one of its tragic prophets seriously. He had seen that the idea of God can be so weakened as to have no effect on human life and...

Traces N.4, April 2004

EditorialsLooking at the Church to Sustain the Hope of Mankind

We are living in a terrible time. Many call it “a time of war.” Certainly, it is a period of horrible large-scale massacres, of scenes of hatred that leave us stunned and bewildered. There is disquiet and fear in the air, and no one is immune to it. We...

Traces N.3, March 2004

EditorialsMary, Jesus’ First Contemporary

When he spoke at Minneapolis in the course of the presentation of Fr Giussani’s book Why the Church?, the new Archbishop of Boston, Sean O’Malley, quoted the British weekly magazine The Economist, which dedicated its front page to Our Lady and to the...

Traces N.2, February 2004

EditorialsThe Waitress and the History of the World

One of the unwritten imperatives of today’s world requires us to think that in order to feel alive, we have to change often: change locations, change loves, change jobs, change looks. The poet T.S. Eliot warned in the Choruses from the Rock, “The world...

Traces N.1, January 2004

EditorialsOur Indestructible Company

We present here the editorial by Fr Giussani published on the front page of the Italian daily Avvenire , December 24, 2003 Joseph was not amazed by the fact that the woman had a child, but that that child was that woman’s, Mary’s. It was his because he...

Traces N.11, December 2003

EditorialsChristmas, “the Blessing for all the Forms of Creation”

In a conversation published in this edition of Traces, Pietro Citati, the well-known literary critic and leading intellectual, among the most secularist newspapers in the Italian daily press, says he feels a strong new attraction for Catholicism. Now that...