“Paradise ‘49” is the name given to a period of special illumination, Chiara Lubich experienced during the summer of 1949 and in the immediate years after that. This experience has become the vibrant heritage of the Focolare Movement that she founded, and it continues to inspire many people today.
The hundredth anniversary of her birth provided the perfect opportunity to address one of the central themes of her charism, indeed, the very heart of it: Unity.
‘Unity! But who would dare speak of it? It’s as ineffable as God!’
Since unity is what characterizes the Focolare Movement, it is fitting that we ask ourselves the question of how we should live out the charism of unity in today’s world. How are we to proceed courageously while avoiding any form of authoritarianism and individualism? How can we facilitate the full development of our personal gifts in the pursuit of common objectives?
This book is the fruit of a gradual process of work carried out by the Abbà School. The twelve contributions are signed by the respective authors, who retained their own specific style, expertise and methodology.
Lucia Abignente, Catherine Belzung, Hubertus Blaumeiser, Teresa Boi, Francisco Canzani, Fabio Ciardi, Adriana Cosseddu, Pasquale Ferrara, Anouk Grevin, Claudio Guerrieri, Marie Thérèse Henderson, Gennaro Iorio, Mervat Kelli, Brendan Leahy, Alberto lo Presti, Declan O’ Byrne, Alessandro Partini, Giovanna Maria Porrino, Judith Povilus, Anna Maria Rossi, Renata Simon, Callan Slipper, Stefan Tobler, Pál Tóth