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The newness of the Spirit

Christmas 1999

All the Christmases of our life have been special, because Christmas is special.
Yet it is not uncommon that on that day, in people’s hearts a flame is kindled that cannot easily be analysed, but which is linked to that very day, to Christmas.
It is the effect of an unforeseen and unexpected sense of security: that of being loved.
Yes, because Christmas is the strongest and clearest witness to the fact that Someone loves us, since only love from up above, from heaven, has "forced" him to come and dwell among us.

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The power of the Holy Spirit at work in the Synod

Young people faith and vocational discernment is the theme of the Synod of Bishops taking place this month. The Church worldwide is supporting the synod in prayer, taking up Pope Francis words at the official opening Mass: “May the Spirit grant us the grace to be synodal Fathers anointed with the gift of dreaming and of hoping. We will then, in turn, be able to anoint our young people with the gift of prophecy and vision.” 
In 1987 the VII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops discussed Vocation and the mission of the laity in the Church and in the world. Chiara took part as an auditor and experienced the power of the Holy Spirit at work. She spoke about her experience in a telephone conference call.

As you know, I just returned from the synod, in which I participated together with 230 bishops and cardinals of the Church and 60 competent lay people. (...)
How can I sum it up in a few words? How can I express the extraordinary experience I had, sustained by all your prayers?
What I can say is this: “I saw the Holy Spirit burst forth into the Church in a powerful way.”
The synod is a Church journey in which each participant (and this time also the lay people present) brings his or her own contribution, offering their piece to the mosaic. However, at a certain point, Someone acts who goes beyond the individual and the whole, and directs everything powerfully towards an end that had not been foreseen, towards a new stage that the Church is called to live, making it part of its history. This Someone is none less than the Holy Spirit.

(In Lo Spirito Santo, [The Holy Spirit] edited by F. Gillet e R. Silva, Città Nuova, Roma 2018, pp. 94-95 - shortly to be published in English).

 

 

 

 

"Come Lord Jesus!"

Rocca di Papa, March 23, 1989

"Come Lord Jesus" is the prayer that Chiara Lubich proposed to the Focolare community in the world, in a telephone conversation in 1989, as a preparation for Easter. During Holy Week, this prayer can accompany us in welcoming the Risen Lord in each moment, and thus experience Easter every day.

Dear Everyone,
Today is Holy Thursday, a very special day for us. It reminds us of various divine realities that lie at the heart of our spirituality, so much so that when this day comes each year, it exerts a certain fascination on us and it is not unusual for a sense of Paradise to invade our soul.
Moreover, how can we not feel our hearts fill with joy on Holy Thursday, a day which emphasizes the new commandment of Jesus, unity, his testament, his extraordinary gift of the Eucharist, and the priesthood that makes it possible to have the Eucharist?
Today let us pause, therefore, to consider with immense gratitude these extraordinary mysteries which are so fundamental for all Christians and for us in particular.

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Chiara’s Diary

October 24, 2001

In the month that we commemorate the tenth anniversary of Chiara Lubich’s death on March 14, 2008, we present a page from her diary written in October 2001. It shows her radical choice to love in every present moment, also in preparation for the end of her life.

By living the present moment well (with solemnity), I love God with all my heart, mind and strength. The end of life is the future that will become present. In order to prepare for the "moment on which Eternity depends", it will be enough, therefore, to live the present moment, from now on and forever.

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God is love

Rocca di Papa, 9 July 1974

In this talk to the gen, the young people of the Focolare Movement, Chiara Lubich shared the discovery that thirty years earlier had revolutionized her life and of those who were with her at the time: God-Love.

In recent years, we have spoken of charity, Jesus forsaken and Mary, and we have discovered them to be fundamental keystones of our life.
This year, I feel that Jesus wants me to repeat just one "word" to you all, a word that resounded like a trumpet blast thirty years ago when the gen of that time were beginning this revolution. It's a word wider and deeper than the sea, that must spread infinitely, just like when you throw a stone into a pool, and it makes larger and larger ripples. It's the word that Jesus wants to say to humanity today, in this century. He wants each one of us, from the first to the last, to be channels or echoes of this word.

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“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” (Jn 4:13-14).

Word of Life, March 2002

Chiara Lubich's commentary on the Word of Life of March 2002 offers further reflection to understand and put into practice the sentence from the Book of Revelation chosen as this month’s Word of Life.

Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman near Jacob’s well is a real “pearl” of the Gospel. There, he spoke of water as the simplest of resources, but one that proves to be the most wanted and the most vital for whoever is familiar with the desert. He did not need to go into detail to convey the importance of water.
We need spring water for our natural life, whereas we need the living water that Jesus speaks of for eternal life.
Just as the desert blooms only after abundant rainfall, similarly the seeds buried in us at baptism can grow only if watered by the Word of God. Then the plant grows, produces new shoots and becomes a tree or a very lovely flower, all because it receives the living water of the Word of God that gives life and preserves it for eternity.

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The Renewal that the Charism of Unity Brings to the Churches and to Society

Geneva, 27 October 2002

Dear brothers and sisters,
May Jesus be in our midst!
And he can be. He himself promised: “Where two or three are gathered together in my name – which for some Fathers of the Church means united in my love – I am in the midst of them” (Mt 18:20). And there are more than two or three of us here….
On November 3rd the anniversary of the Reform is celebrated here in Geneva, a religious occasion which I hope will bestow the best spiritual gifts on all the Christians of the Reformed Churches, my beloved brothers and sisters.
On that day, one word will powerfully resound: “reform”. ( ... )

Chiara Lubich

Video in italian with a french translation

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To Be Mary

Dearest gen,
Christmas time is coming around again, like a very sweet poem.
In these days, as has been for centuries, greetings are exchanged and the peace which the angels proclaimed back then can be seen again, perhaps for only a few moments, also on the faces of people who never experienced it.
I too want to wish you something that will be really appreciated and, above all, wanted by He who guides our steps and knows what is good for us.
This then is my wish: that our life be a continual Christmas, made sacred in the secrets of our hearts and in the intimate fraternity that should extend in an always greater measure, to the point of  conquering – in God’s time – the ends of the earth: so that “all may be one.”

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Enlarge our hearts

June 1957 

Among the best-known writings by Chiara Lubich, this reflection is a courageous invitation to put the Word of Life for this month into practice: “A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you.” (Ez 36: 26)

We need to enlarge our heart to the measure of the heart of Jesus. 
How much work that means! 
Yet this is the only thing necessary. When this is done, all is done. It means loving everyone we meet, as God loves them. 
And since we live in time, we must love our neighbors one by one, without holding in our heart any leftover affection for the brother or sister met a moment before. 
It is the same Jesus, after all, whom we love in everyone. 

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On the path to unity

Itaici, 27th April 1998

During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, we offer this prayer made spontaneously by Chiara Lubich at an Ecumenical Day organised by the Brazilian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, at Itaici on the 27th April 1998.

“Jesus, I believe and I am sure that you are here in our midst, so I turn to you, living and risen here amongst us - Catholic bishops, lay men and lay women, like me, and leaders of other Churches.
Jesus, you are of course amongst us because we love one another, in you.  We are united in your name; we are here to take a step forward in unity among the churches.
Of course we realise that many centuries have passed, shocking and terrible centuries that truly pierced your heart and the heart of your mother, who is the mother of unity.

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“…We entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2.Cor.5,20)

Chiara Lubich’s commentary on the Word of Life for January 1997

This is Paul’s exhortation to the Corinthians following his great announcement, which is the heart of the whole Gospel: God has reconciled the world to Himself through Christ (cf. 2 Cor. 5:19).
God has given us the greatest proof of His love in the death of His Son on the cross. Through the cross of Christ, He has reconciled us to Himself.
This fundamental truth of our faith has much to say to our times. It’s the revelation that all humanity is waiting for. Yes, God is near, He loves everyone and He loves each person immensely. Our world needs to hear this, but we can say it to others if first we continue saying it to ourselves, to the point of realizing that we are enveloped by His love, even when everything would make us think the opposite.

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