PAGE 3 – EDITORIAL
PAGE 3 – FOCOLARE
Gen Verde – spirituality on the road
New City caught up with Sally McAllister following Gen Verde’s visit to the UK in November 2018. ‘The vibrancy, joy and positivity on stage was contagious and the audience, and in a particular way, the many young people present, were drawn into that experience.’
PAGE 8 – SPIRITUALITY OF UNITY
The Holy Spirit
The theme this year for the Focolare is the ‘Holy Spirit and the Church’. Rumold van Geffen prepares the ground by exploring the Holy Spirit within the mystery of the one God who is Trinity
PAGE 10 – MEDITATION
Extract from ‘The Holy Spirit’ by Chiara Lubich. Published by New City (2018)
PAGE 11 – WORD IN ACTION
After the hurricane
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, there was much destruction in the surrounding neighbourhood where we live in Houston. Fortunately our area didn’t flood, but for miles in either direction, other regions weren’t so fortunate.
PAGE 12 – SPIRITUALITY OF UNITY
Word of Life – January 2019
Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue (Deut. 16: 20).
Eradicating inequality and abuse is a basic demand of justice. This has to start with the attitude we have in our hearts and be lived out in all areas of our lives.
PAGE 14 – PROFILE
Eli – a divine adventure
Frank Johnson looks back over the life of Eli Folonari, who died last month at the age of 92. She was one of Chiara Lubich’s first companions and accompanied her throughout her life. ‘I would say that during these fifty years I have witnessed a divine adventure because I lived Chiara’s discoveries with her through all the new developments…’
PAGE 16 – REFLECTION
The gifted cake
Robbie Young ponders on whether the giving of a gift transforms its very nature…
PAGE 18 – ARTS
A midsummer night’s dream in Cuba
Paul Gateshill catches up with Sarah Finch on her return from teaching Shakespeare in Cuba. ‘I felt I was watching A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the first time and rediscovering the story. The students filled it with their own Cuban culture and music and it was so physical. It was deeply moving.’
PAGE 21 – INDEX 2018
PAGE 22 – THOUGHTS FROM THE KITCHEN
Do you veganuary?
Mary Gateshill suggests a January detox with pasta and lentils
PAGE 23 – POETRY + SUDOKU
A father’s eyes
By Jim Deeds