PAGE 3 – EDITORIAL
PAGE 4 – ECUMENISM
Christian dialogue is not easy, but it’s important to take risks. According to Focolare president Maria Voce there are walls which divide us which need to be climbed. Here are some extracts from an interview with Maria Voce by Andrés Beltramo Álvarez for the Spanish journal Alfa y Omega.
PAGE 6 – FOCOLARE
The declaration of Ottmaring
The following declaration was made in Ottmaring in February 2017. It reveals the clear commitment of the President and Co-president of the Focolare Movement to ecumenical dialogue.
PAGE 7 – MEDITATION
A spirituality of reconciliation
An extract from an address by Chiara Lubich to the Second European Ecumenical Assembly in Graz, Austria in June 1997.
PAGE 8 – WORD IN ACTION
The cat and the dog
Jane Evans, from Wallingford relates how cats and dogs don’t always live together in perfect harmony.
PAGE 10 – SPIRITUALITY OF UNITY
Focolare – the Work of Mary
Each year members of the Focolare deepen their understanding of one element of the spirituality of unity. In 2017 it was Jesus, crucified and forsaken. This year, it is Mary, the mother of Jesus. Bishop Brendan Leahy and Judith Povilus provide a context for our understanding of Mary and her place within the Focolare Movement.
PAGE 12 – SPIRITUALITY OF UNITY
Word of Life – January 2018
Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power (Ex. 15: 6).
This month, let us take advantage of our day-to-day contacts, to deepen or re-establish relationships of esteem and friendship with individuals, families or groups who belong to other denominations or Churches.
PAGE 14 – REVIEW
The Marian Antiphon…
Paul Gateshill reviews a new book by Sr Ruth Agnes Evans.
PAGE 16 – REFLECTION
Laura Cullen from Ireland reflects on the downfall of John Profumo in the early sixties and his subsequent search for redemption: ‘It would have been the easiest thing in the world for John Profumo to have buried his head in the sand until all the drama died down and then planned his resurrection once again’.
PAGE 18 – TRAVEL
Travelling but not visiting
Padraic Gilligan travels to Barcelona and reflects on how often he travels, but rarely appreciates the places he visits.
PAGE 20 – ARTS
He’s alive! music for the soul
Karen Walker reviews Gen Verde’s latest CD ‘He’s alive!’ with songs for the Easter season and Holy Week: ‘Following the success of their last album “On the other side”, a scintillating collection of songs tracing their individual experiences and life stories, Gen Verde have poured their significant talents into a revision of an earlier release’.
PAGE 22 – THOUGHTS FROM THE KITCHEN
Roast in the New Year
A lovely dish of roasted vegetables from the kitchen of John & Maria Walsh.
PAGE 23 – POETRY
A short poem by Elisabeth Öhlböck