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The volume of Words of Life is more than a commentary on the gospel message, it is a charismatic reading, an intuition, and an invitation to put the words of Scripture into practice in everyday life. It is part of a series of 13 books.
This collection of writings by Pasquale Foresi is essential reading for anyone interested in the Focolare spirituality of unity.
Doodlings and Doggerel is a wonderful anthology of sixty poems, many of those are profound and personal reflections on scripture. David is a Methodist minister living in Belfast.
Soul Seasons is the follow up to Jim’s book of poems, Gym for the Soul, and was written over the space of two years of observing the seasons as they came and went, both in the world around him and in his own life and the lives of those he loves.
Richard Rolle was born in Yorkshire and was a contemporary of Julian of Norwich. By nature he had questions about everything, especially about the meaning of life. Although not a Franciscan himself, he was one with them in his love of God and delight in poverty and simplicity.
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The Regulation of the Volunteers of God reflects the vocation of the volunteers in the Focolare Movement. It accompanies some of the articles in the Regulation with comments by Chiara Lubich.
The Story of the Volunteers of God 1956–1996.
This book continues the story of the Volunteers of God recorded in God in the Midst of the world –
1956 to 1996.
These pages tell the story of the Volunteers of God in the first forty years of their existence, from
Chiara Amirante’s story is the stuff of high adventure. It tells of a soul completely given to God and to the service of those most in need in our society.
This biography aims at presenting Chiara Lubich's life and work from a ‘historical’ perspective, offering the reader a rich and well-documented development of facts, situations and experiences.
This book, published during the centenary year of the birth of Chiara Lubich, may be considered a treatise on the spirituality of unity as lived out in the Focolare Movement. The readers hopefully discover in the brothers and sisters of a Church that is different from theirs the face of the one Christ.
Like many women mystics of the past, St Gertrude is being rediscovered and appreciated as a true spiritual teacher rather than just a sentimental woman visionary.
While people are agonizing over the need to find solutions to the critical issues of our time, they will only find them in Jesus, and not only in Jesus living in the depths of each individual heart, but in Jesus reigning among people.
These brief extracts chosen by Peter Paine, which have fed him on the journey of his life and sustained him in his Christian ministry, will also inspire the reader to find deeper purpose and meaning in their own life.
Domenico Mangano lived his life in such a way as to communicate God's love to all who crossed his path.
The Spiritual Canticle was born from the heart of a man who knew that the love of God costs ‘not less than everything.’
Chiara Lubich sees the Church as a living reality, an event of communion, and she gives a stimulating answer to the question, ‘What is the Church?’ She responds that it is not a ‘what’ but a ‘who’ because the Church is Jesus in the midst of his people. And the task of the Church is to be, within humanity, a catalyst for unity.
This collection of texts highlights the powerful action of the Holy Spirit at the beginning of the Focolare Movement. It helps us to enter into the intimacy of Chiara Lubich’s relationship with the Holy Spirit and how she communicated to others her passion that he, the ‘unknown God’ may be known, welcomed and loved.
‘A Revelation of Love’ was written by a woman about whom we know very little, yet she has had an enormous impact on the spirituality of our time, and is now just being rediscovered as a teacher and theologian of great originality and depth.
Gym for the Soul is a book of poetry inspired by the quest to find God in the everyday nuts and bolts of life’s experiences. The title refers to workout, something we can do each day – a spiritual workout – if only we keep our eyes and ears open for God among us.
In this edited selection from the accounts Angela dictated both of her visionary experiences and her advice and insights, Elizabeth Ruth Obbard has rendered into direct speech the voice of a woman from the thirteenth century, robust and passionate, constantly open to fresh perspectives.
In this book we meet a frivolous teenager, who became a frivolous nun at twenty-one, hoping thereby to avoid marriage and childbearing and attain heaven, without too much effort. Teresa of Avila writes engagingly and honestly, allowing us to follow her struggles with not only her health, but with the conflict between her desire for a life of prayer in a real relationship with God and her attachment to the comforts and distractions of her not- at- all strict convent.
Elizabeth Catez (Sr Elizabeth of the Trinity) wrote two retreats towards the end of her life. They have been chosen here, together with her famous prayer to the Trinity, in the hope that they will help the reader to be led into Elizabeth’s silence, and into sharing her secret of total surrender in love to the One she called ‘her Three’.
In Chiara Lubich’s understanding, Mary is ‘the flower of humanity’ who through her ‘Yes’ at the Annunciation, gave Jesus physically to the world; and all of us are called to become little Marys’ generating the presence of Jesus spiritually by living out Jesus’ promise: ‘Where two or three are united in my name, I am there among them’ (Mt. 18: 20).
This is a book of great scholarship, one that will inspire and enlighten in equal measures. It speaks specifically to religious, but its pages have much to offer anyone seriously interested in the spiritual life.
How could the Son of God feel forsaken, abandoned by the Father? How could the Father abandon the Son? This is the mystery that Chiara Lubich explores in this book.
This insightful guide explores Receptive Ecumenism, a discipline of mutual listening, learning and understanding that encourages deeper unity between denominations.
Silvio Daneo had been asked to put into writing the main facts which happened in the early days of the Focolare Movement in North America and in Asia.
Chiara Lubich was an extraordinary woman, an apostle of dialogue in ecumenism, in interreligious dialogue, and among people of no religious affiliation.
In this second volume, Vogue first provides historical and critical commentary on texts from the Rule of the Master and other early sources, then shows how Benedict integrated and developed this material in writing his Prologue, Epilogue and chapters on the Tools of Good Works, Silence and Humility.
This exceptional work explores the concept expressed by Chiara that the Lord doesn’t ask us for an individual holiness, but for a communitarian holiness in which each person must help their neighbour to become a saint. This collective way of sanctity is explored on the thematic elements of John 17: 11b-19.
As the first companion of Chiara Lubich, Natalia Dallapiccola was always in the forefront of the Focolare activities towards a united world. This book traces her story and the invaluable contributions Natalia has given towards building universal fraternity world-wide.
This very young woman, a person of our own times, bore witness above all to the beauty of being a disciple of Christ.
Introduction to the Devout Life began as a series of letters to one of Francis’ spiritual daughters, who looked to him for direction.
This collection of short reflections will help us to see that true love between persons is possible and that our love of God is the fulfilment of our personal freedom. Again and again the meditations return to the first Christian, Mary, who emerges as the freest human being there has ever been.
The purpose of this book is to show that love for Jesus forsaken is an act of theological faith; as a consequence, it has ecclesial, sacramental, and social dimensions.
A faith perspective for reflecting on the experience of ageing, drawing especially upon the wisdom of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Exegesis, Theology and Spirituality from the Abbey of St Victor
Thought-provoking reflections to help us grasp and live in the ‘here and now’. ‘In the light of her Christian faith and a lifetime of experience with her friends, Chiara Lubich gives us advice on how to use well the ‘here and now’. If we focus on the present moment, we are planting a seed in eternity, to be enjoyed forever.
The excerpts on the Eucharist from Chiara Lubich’s writings that are collected here reflect the deep union with God that she experienced both as an individual and as a living member of the Body of Christ which is the Church.
This book examines the central elements of Pope Francis’ vision of the Church as it sets out to preach the gospel to people of every nation and every walk of life.
Máire O’Byrne shares stories from people who, in a particular moment, made that spontaneous decision to be truly present when facing a situation at home, work, church, school…
Occasionally in the Church some spirit is raised up who proves to have a universal significance that endures through the ages. Such a one was Francis of Assisi, whose life continues to inspire countless thousands of Christians, and even people of other faiths and none.