PAGE 3 – EDITORIAL
PAGE 4 – DIALOGUE
In a divided world, united in Christ
Joan Back reports on the extraordinary meeting of bishops held in Northern Ireland in October 2019. Thirty bishops from eighteen different Christian Churches and fourteen different countries were able to deepen their understanding of the Focolare spirituality of unity and to meet those engaged in peace building and ecumenical dialogue in Ireland.
PAGE 8 – VIEW FROM A BUS
The man who lived in the bus shelter
Lesley Ellison shares another true story from her home city of Liverpool
PAGE 9 – WORD IN ACTION
The Christmas card
Cathy Beer has a nice surprise when she tries to put Christmas back into Christmas.
PAGE 10 – SPIRITUALITY OF UNITY
The Church for the third millennium
We conclude this year’s theme on the Church and the Holy Spirit with a talk which Chiara Lubich gave on the occasion of an ecumenical meeting of bishop-friends of the Focolare, in St Anna’s Evangelical Lutheran church in Augsburg in 1998.
PAGE 12 – SPIRITUALITY OF UNITY
Word of Life – December 2019
Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming (Mat. 24: 42)
‘Keeping awake’ is an invitation to keep our eyes open, to recognize the signs of God’s presence in history and in our daily lives. It means we can help others who are living filled with a sense of darkness to find their way in life.
PAGE 14 – FOCOLARE
A temporary Focolare in Fiji
Over the years, the Focolare Centre in Rome has invited members of Focolare communities worldwide to spend a few weeks in an area where there is no permanent Focolare. Ann Gavin shares her experience of forming a temporary Focolare in Fiji this summer.
PAGE 16 – YOUTH
Making a difference
Youth for Unity (age 9-14) report on their latest project in Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield, Hertfordshire
PAGE 18 – DIALOGUE
Islamic and Christian dialogue in Nairobi
Carlo Poggi shares his experience of Muslim/Christian dialogue in Kenya
PAGE 19 – EVENTS
Journeying in Dialogue
A celebration marking the hundredth anniversary of Chiara Lubich’s birth
PAGE 20 – REFLECTION
The illusion of making it happen
Robbie Young on the illusion of trying to maintain control and govern everything that happens to us
PAGE 21 – WORD IN ACTION
Love generates love
Rina Zammit McKeon shares her experience of visiting a woman’s prison in Malta.
PAGE 22 – THOUGHTS FROM THE KITCHEN
Margaret Driver tempts us with a cheery festive food
PAGE 23 – POETRY + SUDOKU
By Jim Deeds