There are a few daily and weekly inspirations that I rely on for my good health. There are also some monthly moments that I eagerly anticipate. These provide for (the best way to put it might be) “realignment of my soul and spirit”. One of these monthly moments is the arrival of the “Traces” magazine.
“Traces” is the monthly publication of the Communion and Liberation movement. It is refreshing for both its breadth and depth. It is robustly Catholic, and energetic in its passion for life and freedom.
This month’s edition begins with Fr. Julian Carron’s letter after his meeting with Pope Francis earlier this month. He reflects that “the only condition for being able to live, in daily reality, is the newness of life that fascinates us.” This is the “Original Presence” of Christ with us. I call this the adventure or the excitement of faith.
The letters are a highlight of every “Traces” issue. Here we are privileged with an insight into the interior lives of faithful friends who, like us, live the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of life. These reflections never stop at a simple re-telling of events, as do conversations with acquaintances that circulate in inevitable and interminable spirals. Instead their outlining of circumstances is simply the preparation for the real story which is of the present and active presence of Christ, an new and an original presence, calling the pilgrim to travel new and hope-filled paths.
You can read more about the movement at the link: Communion & Liberation. And you can visit the website for the “Traces” magazine at www.tracce.it. (click on translation to read in English) If you live in New Zealand you can now subscribe locally from Matt Young: firstname.lastname@example.org The subscription is $66.00 (including postage within New Zealand) per year (11 issues).$33.00 half year.
Ipad users can sign up for the app version. Search the “Apple App” store “Traces”.