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At the dawn of the new millennium

Amman, December 7, 1999

In December 1999 Chiara Lubich was in Amman, Jordan, where she met a small but lively group of people forming the Focolare community there. The new millennium was awaited with both hope and fear. What follows is Chiara’s answer to New Stadt magazine to the question “What is your vision for the new millennium?”

Q. What is your vision for the new millennium?

A. I don’t have a vision for the next millennium. I cannot have one because I am not a prophet.  But I have a great deal of hope in my heart. Undoubtedly, this is an effect of the charism which the Holy Spirit has put there for the benefit of many. I see in the Work of Mary, the Focolare Movement, such a vast, universal and impressive work of the Holy Spirit that I cannot fail to be truly optimistic about the future.

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Kind and Merciful

The Word of Life of August 1988

Chiara Lubich’s commentary on this text from one of St Paul’s letters takes us to the heart of the Christian message, which has been emphasised so much by Pope Francis during the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Be kind to one another, compassionate, and mutually forgiving, just as God has forgiven you in Christ (Eph 4:32)

The Word of Life of this month is taken from the letter of St Paul to the community in Ephesus. The apostle speaks of Christian life as a life of unity and charity. After enumerating the things which Christian love makes us avoid (lying, stealing, dishonesty, etc.) he tells us what this love urges us to do. And here is one of the primary attitudes suggested by charity: kindness, understanding, compassion, forgiveness towards all.

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Towards Europe as a shared Homeland

Rocca di Papa, 30th June 2003

Chiara Lubich’s Message for Stuttgart

From the 30th June to the 1st July the fourth International meeting of “Together for Europe” is taking place in Munich in Germany. It is the outcome of fellowship among more than 300 Movements and Communities in various Churches.  Here is Chiara Lubich’s message written as the event held on 8th May 2004 in Stuttgart was being prepared.

On his recent journey to Madrid, in Spain, Pope John Paul II said words that had a particular effect on our soul.  He said he dreamed of “Europe of the spirit”. So, not only political unity in Europe, not only Europe with the euro, but “Europe of the spirit”.
This is the dream that motivates us too, who belong to various Movements, Communities and Christian groups which, united in the name of Christ, are preparing the Event at Stuttgart to be held on 8th May 2004 called “Together for Europe”.

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Living the Church

Castel Gandolfo 3rd February 1997

The Church as Communion in the thought of Chiara Lubich

At the time when the Focolare began, the Church was often seen only as a stone structure, with Jesus in the tabernacle, and with Mary, Saint Anthony or another saint above the altar... the Church was, in a certain sense, for many people taken as being the same things as the catechism, First Communion.... It also meant the other sacraments, as well as patronal festivals; perhaps it meant belonging to Catholic Action groups, and soon. It meant the parish and the parish priest and, if people were aware of their existence, the bishop and the pope.

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How can I start again after I have been fighting?

Castel Gandolfo 18th June 1988

Chiara Lubich's answer to a child

Chiara, sometimes when I fight with my brothers, after one or two days, I can't get along with them, and it is hard for me to forgive them. What do you think I should do, Chiara, so that I can get along with them? I know that I have to love them, but I'm not able to....

Chiara: I understand! Sometimes he fights with his brothers. He would like to stop doing this because he knows he should love, but he isn't able to, and so he asks, "What can I do?"

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How can dialogue come about?

Rieti, June 4, 1996

The experience of the Focolare Movement in interreligious dialogue. Taken from Chiara Lubich’s talk on the occasion of the “Civilization of Love” Prize.

Your Excellencies, Mr. Mayor, Religious and Civil Authorities, Ladies, Gentlemen, friends,

Thank you, first of all, for the award you have given me. I was especially pleased because it is called the “Civilization of Love” Prize. These words immediately strike a note of harmony between the international Forum and the Focolare Movement which I represent here, along with others - as we heard - and which is simply one of the instruments in the Church which spread the love of Christ everywhere. 

Here dialogue is part of life and especially interreligious dialogue.

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The spirituality and aims of the Focolare Movement

Lublin (Poland), June 19, 1996

Extract from the address given by Chiara Lubich at the conferral of the honorary doctorate in Social Sciences by the Catholic University of Lublin, Poland.

The Focolare Movement.

It is not easy to describe it in a few minutes. However, we can clearly see the purpose for which we believe God brought it about.

It came to life within the Church in the 1940s. In those days an ideology that did not acknowledge God was spreading throughout the world. It wanted to banish God from society.

Hatred had acquired an important role in the fulfillment of a society which nonetheless wanted to present itself as progressive.

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Re-living Mary

Paris, April 26, 1998

We are perhaps too used to seeing the mother of Jesus from a devotional point of view, rather than considering her role in the universal plan of providence.  This can make it difficult to understand the deep inner conviction which led to Chiara Lubich wanting to re-live Mary, who is a model for everyone.

Nicole: In Paradise 1949 you understood Mary in a new and splendid way. Can you tell us something about your relationship with her today?

Chiara:  All right, yes. How do I see Mary now? I see her as being very great, very, very, very great because that is how she is. I no longer see her as the young girl from Nazareth, as she is often shown in little statues. No, I know that she is very great! … We can’t imagine nor will we ever be able to imagine how great Mary is.

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Ask the Holy Spirit for help

Prague 30th April 2001

Chiara Lubich’s answer to a question put to her at the meeting with the community of the Focolare Movement in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Marie: “Chiara, you have a special relationship with the Holy Spirit. Could you tell us about this?”

Chiara: With regard to the Holy Spirit, I must admit I have a relationship with the Holy Spirit which arises out of love, certainly, but also out of necessity.   What would I do without the Holy Spirit? It would be useless for me to go and speak; it would be useless to….

For example, I ask the Holy Spirit for help many times a day, and above all, I do this with the other focolarine and focolarini, because Jesus said that if we ask together, it is easier to obtain the Holy Spirit.

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Message to the Youth for a United World

The Little Town of Araceli (San Paulo), 26th April 1998

In the whole of the youth section of the Focolare Movement, this week is “United World Week”. The text that follows is Chiara Lubich’s message to young people dated 26th April 1998.

Dear Youth for a United World,

I know that you hoped to receive a message from me that would contribute towards the success of United World Week.

What subject have I chosen to speak on? There couldn’t be a better one than your very own goal of achieving a united world.

Is it reasonable to talk about a united world? Is it possible to imagine a united world? Can we hope that the attention we give and the energy we use will one day play a significant role in reaching such an objective? Or is it a utopia, something unattainable and fantastical, as some people might think?

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“God will dwell with them; they will be his people” (cf. Rev. 21:3).

The Word of Life of January 1999

Chiara Lubich’s reflection on this word, taken from the Book of Revelation, leads us into the heart of the Easter mystery:  Jesus came to share with us his life of love with the Father so that we too can live it.

During the month of January, Christians throughout the world join together in prayer and special meetings to celebrate their shared faith. The theme chosen for this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is taken from the book of Revelation. Let’s read the entire passage:

“See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them;
they will be his people,
and God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away” (Rev. 21:1-7).

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