PAGE 3 – EDITORIAL
PAGE 4 – DIALOGUE
Together on the wings of unity
Mustafa and Fatimah Merali report on their recent trip to the Focolare town of Loppiano followed by a conference on Muslim/Christan dialogue in Rome. Pat Whitney accompanied the group of Muslims from Britain and shares her impressions of the trip to Loppiano and Rome.
PAGE 8 – YOUTH
The road to zero hunger
Our so-called civilized, 21st century society is still plagued by the scandal of mass hunger. More than 800 million of our fellow human beings do not have enough to eat. New City reports on the visit last June, of 630 girls (aged 9 to 14) from the Focolare Movement, to the headquarters of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, in support of the Zero Hunger project.
PAGE 10 – SPIRITUALITY OF UNITY
Dialogue with Chiara Lubich
Over the many years of dialogue between Chiara and members of the Movement, one theme kept re-occurring: the search for a greater union with God, for a deeper interior life. And this was often linked with a desire for a greater unity with Mary, the mother of Jesus.
PAGE 12 – SPIRITUALITY OF UNITY
Word of Life – August
I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you (Jer. 31: 3).
Jesus made it possible for us to imitate the Father’s love for all. He showed us that the vocation of every man and woman is to contribute personally to building relationships of acceptance and dialogue.
PAGE 14 – SPIRITUALITY OF UNITY
Word of Life – September
Welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls (Jam. 1: 21).
We need to ‘still ourselves’ and ‘surrender’ to God’s call, so as to listen freely and courageously to his voice which is usually gentle and quiet.
PAGE 16 – REFLECTION
The boys in the boat
Robbie Young reflects on those rare transcendent moments, when we experience being one with our fellow human beings.
PAGE 17 – WORD IN ACTION
Encounter with a stranger
Michal Siewniak shares how a simple act of kindness can help overcome disappointment during the World Cup.
PAGE 18 – PROFILE
God’s special friend
We continue with the new series on the ‘pioneers of the Focolare’. Fr Jonathan Cotton pays tribute to his his fellow Benedictine, Fr Maurus Green.
PAGE 20 – REVIEW
The forty rules of love
Paul Gateshill reviews a book by the French born Turkish author Elif Shafak.
PAGE 21 – MEDITATION
Being a mother
‘I must behave as if I were this person’s mother’, and then act accordingly.
PAGE 22 – THOUGHTS FROM THE KITCHEN
Taking a break
Trish Brophy tempts us with her own recipe for a French dish, Tartiflette.
PAGE 23 – POETRY
By Jim Deeds