disarming beauty

Too often we see Christian faith presented as and reduced to moralistic and legalistic adherence to cultural norms and moral ideals. However our experience of life with Jesus is that of an encounter with something, no someONE much more, a relationship with the divine who satisfies all human desire and gives meaning to the life […]

on the bus

On a bus journey across the north of Italy following a faith-focussed four-day meeting of people representing 80 countries, a number of participants were interviewed. You might recognise a voice or two on this 15 minute podcast: International Assembly

a place for us

Here is this year’s Christmas Poster from our CL friends. It’s not quite the “traditional” art of past years, but it has got me thinking. Whatever you think of the art (and you can read an explanation and download a high-quality poster at this link), the texts are inspiring.

Traces

One of my reading highlights each month is provided by the arrival of the Traces magazine, available free online at www.tracesonline.org. This month’s cover introduces reflections on the Jubilee of Mercy which began last week with the opening of Holy Doors around the world. Read more at www.tracesonline.org.

with this presence

Let us ask the Lord to be able to face this terrible challenge with the same sentiments of Christ, who did not allow fear to overcome him…With this presence in our eyes, we will be able to look even at death…

present reality

Our gathering for the Spiritual Exercises continues today after a full Friday evening and Saturday. Late in April more than 25.000 people met in Rimini (on the Adriatic Coast of Italy) and Fr. Julian Carron led the Spiritual Exercises for the Communion & Liberation fraternity.. This annual gathering meets in a rather strange retreat environment: […]

living intensely

It is a great pleasure and a privilege to be with friends in the Philippines once again. This time we are gathered at the Trappistine Monastery near the southern city of General Santos. Yesterday I shared a few reflections with the 30+enclosed nuns at the monastery and last night our community of friends gathered from […]

Francis’ friends

Last Saturday’s gathering was a remarkable experience of friendship and faith, with Pope Francis. You’ll get a taste of the event in this video clip made with an iphone and a cast of nearly 100,000 friends. Also below is the stream of the entire two hour gathering, including twenty minutes of the music and art […]

1000’s of friends

The official estimates are that around 100.000 people whose lives have been touched by the charism conveyed by Luigi Giussani came to St. Peter’s Square on Saturday to meet with Pope Francis.  It was a wonderful gathering of friends. Of course I don’t know all these people, only a very small number, but this is […]

living with passion

Just over ten years ago I attended a lecture given by a Puerto Rico born American priest who was to speak over two days on John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. I well remember that there were other things I would have rather been doing as I walked into the lecture room. There were […]

Traces for Feb

One of the highlights of my monthly reading is the Traces magazine of the new movement Communion & Liberation.  A few months ago the decision was taken to no longer publish a hard-copy magazine in English, but to move this edition to a digital format. I was nervous, until I saw the first edition. Both the website at www.tracesonline.org and […]

Traces Jan 2015

One of the highlights of my monthly reading is the Traces magazine of the Communion & Liberation community. A couple of months ago the decision was taken to no longer publish a hard-copy magazine in English, but to move this edition to a digital format. I was nervous, until I saw the first edition. Both the website […]

worth sharing

Now here’s a Christmas poster worth printing and sharing… (download at this link) perhaps print and give as an affordable gift…

Traces in December

One of the highlights of my monthly reading is the Traces magazine of the Communion & Liberation community. A couple of months ago the decision was taken to no longer publish a hard-copy magazine in English, but to move this edition to a digital format. I was nervous, until I saw the first edition. Both the website […]

November “Traces”

One of the highlights of my monthly reading is the Traces magazine of the Communion & Liberation community. A couple of months ago the decision was taken to no longer publish a hard-copy magazine in English, but to move this edition to a digital format. I was nervous, until I saw the first edition. Both […]

 
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