PAGE 3 – EDITORIAL
PAGE 4 – DIALOGUE
Seek the welfare of the city
Claudia Melis reports on an informal meeting held at the Focolare house in Glasgow with Jenny Sinclair, Founder and Director of ‘Together for the Common Good’. The common good is not a utopia. It is here. We don’t seek it, as an abstract ideal, we build it here and now.
PAGE 7 – FOCOLARE
A return to the Dolomites
This year Europe will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of the first summer gathering of the Focolare in 1949, with a large Mariapolis in Tonadico in the Dolomites, Northern Italy. It will last from 14th July – 11th August 2019.
PAGE 8 – SPIRITUALITY OF UNITY
The Holy Spirit within the history of the Focolare Movement
We continue with this year’s theme on the Holy Spirit and the Church. We focus here on the role of the Holy Spirit within the development of the Focolare Movement.
PAGE 11 – FOCOLARE
Update on Fontem
Stefania Tanesini reports on the latest news from the Focolare town of Fontem in Western Cameroon, which has been traumatised by civil war. Despite continual challenges, the uncertainties of each day, and not knowing how it will all end, we are sure that God’s plan for Fontem has not been interrupted…
PAGE 12 – SPIRITUALITY OF UNITY
Word of Life – February 2019
Seek peace, and pursue it (Ps. 34: 14)
We may not be able to silence all the guns that bring bloodshed to so many parts of the world. However, we can take the initiative in giving new life to wounded relationships, whether they be in our family, our Christian community, at work or in our towns and cities.
PAGE 14 – PROFILE
We could be entertaining angels
We continue our series on pioneers of the Focolare – those unsung heroes who paved the way for the spirituality of unity throughout the world. Here Lesley Ellison pays tribute to ‘Mammina Batty’ who played an important part in welcoming the Focolare to London.
PAGE 16 – REFLECTION
Love and power
Robbie Young reflects on whether absolute power can ever exist
PAGE 18 – FOCOLARE
Nepal – a land of diversity
Carlo Poggi reports on his experience of taking part in a ‘temporary focolare’ in Nepal last October: Mailing photos to my friends during my stay in Nepal many commented: ‘you’re radiant’! This amazed me, but thinking back I understood that I had received a grace, to live with Jesus amongst us and this illuminates us, enlightens us.
PAGE 20 – WORD IN ACTION
Me and my big mouth
Have you ever been in the position when you know you shouldn’t say something. The inner voice says: ‘Don’t say it… Don’t say it…’ Then… ’Oh dear, you just said it!’ It happens to Paul Gateshill all the time and sometimes it lands him in deep trouble.
PAGE 22 – THOUGHTS FROM THE KITCHEN
Maria Buckle from Malta shares a typical Maltese dish: Timpana
PAGE 23 – POETRY + SUDOKU
It’s only natural
By Jim Deeds