PAGE 3 – EDITORIAL
PAGE 4 – ECOLOGY
The world is a joyful mystery
Nino Puglisi reports on the EcoOne online conference: ‘New ways towards integral ecology’ which took place from 23–25 October 2020. It looked at the legacy and the impact of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si’ which was published five years ago.
PAGE 6 – ECUMENISM
My ecumenical journey – Martin Sauter
Martin Sauter is a non-stipendiary pastor in the Lutheran Church in Ireland. He is currently Chairperson of the Dublin Council of Churches of which he has been a member as representative of his church since 1996.
PAGE 8 – WORD IN ACTION
The best laid plans of mice and men…
Cathy Beer shares how a very well planned day turned out quite differently from expected.
PAGE 9 – MEDITATION
In their midst
A Christmas meditation by Chiara Lubich
PAGE 10 – SPIRITUALITY OF UNITY
Transforming every human experience
We conclude this year’s theme on ‘Jesus in the midst’ by exploring how the presence of Christ in the community can transform every aspect of society.
PAGE 12 – SPIRITUALITY OF UNITY
Word of Life – December 2020
The Lord is my light and my salvation: whom shall I fear? (Psalm 27 : 1)
This is an opportune time to rekindle our trust in the love of the Father, who wants the happiness of his children. He is ready to take upon himself all our worries so that we are not closed in on ourselves but are free to share our light and hope with others.
PAGE 14 – ECUMENISM
We have believed in love
Stefania Tanesini reports on the recent visit of Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople to the International centre of the Focolare Movement, Rome. This was to mark the centenary of the birth of Focolare founder, Chiara Lubich.
PAGE 16 – VIEW FROM THE FLOOR
Have you got Benjamin?
Lesley Ellison continues the series, based on her experiences of teaching in a Primary school.
PAGE 17 – REFLECTION
Robbie Young reflects on why fully knowing ourselves is fraught with difficulties…
PAGE 19 – REVIEW
The Giant Christmas Pudding Calamity by Cathy Beer
Liz Carlin and Elena Mackay review a new book by Cathy Beer
PAGE 20 – ARTS
Working at home
Pat Kane explores how various artists have improved our home lives bringing together functionality and beauty
PAGE 22 – THOUGHTS FROM THE KITCHEN
Honey cake/continental gingerbread
Uli Yeomans shares a recipe for a festive delight…
PAGE 23 – POETRY + SUDOKU
A short poem by Chiara Lubich