PAGE 3 – EDITORIAL

PAGE 4 – ROFILE

The providential hand of God
A tribute to Gis Calliari, one of Chiara Lubich’s first companions: ‘It was an ever new discovery of the Gospel, which Chiara took with her to the air raid shelters. Her words were words of fire, words that changed circumstances, places, people, everything, everything! There were no problems, no tiredness, there were no obstacles.’ Gis died eariler this year

PAGE 6 – DIALOGUE

Meeting our Muslim brothers and sisters
Anthony Weaver is organising a retreat of reconciliation in Viviers, France this autumn. He reports on the background to this pilgrimage.

PAGE 8 – SPIRITUALITY OF UNITY

The joy of discovery
We continue this year’s theme on Mary, the mother of Jesus, with a personal reflection by Callan Slipper. Callan lives in the Focolare community in Welwyn Garden City. He is also an Anglican priest and was recently appointed as the National Ecumenical Officer for the Church of England.

PAGE 11 – MEDITATION

How beautiful the Mother
She kept silent because the two could not speak at once. The word must always rest against a silence, like a painting against a background. A short meditation by Chiara Lubich.

PAGE 12 – SPIRITUALITY OF UNITY

Word of Life – March 2018
Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths (Ps. 25: 4).
The Lord’s ways can be daring and, at times, may seem too challenging for us. They challenge our selfish habits, our prejudices and false humility; and they create opportunities for dialogue, encounter and commitment to the common good.

PAGE 14 – FAMILY

The gospel of the family – joy for the world
Declan O’Brien reports on preparations for the World Meeting of Families, to be hosted in Dublin in August 2018. ‘It is by trying to live the gospel of the family, with all our imperfections, limitations and weaknesses, that our families can be a light and a joy for all the world.’

PAGE 16 – REFLECTION

The sacrament of presence
Elisabeth Öhlböck, from Belfast, reflects on the importance of being fully present for one another. ‘We all know that being acknowledged and valued for who we are, being cherished and loved is one of the most important factors for humans to grow and thrive.’

PAGE 18 – SPORT

Street motions and emotions
Maria Dalgarno reports on an innovative project encouraging young people from Scotland, Croatia and Italy, to share their traditional sports, and break down cultural barriers: ‘It was clear to all that games and sports do overcome barriers, if they are lived with the right attitude. As many said, it wasn’t so much about winning but learning from each other and getting to know one another.’

PAGE 20 – ARTS

Amadeo Modigliani
Pat Kane explores the work of painter and sculptor Modigliani (1884-1920) who worked in both Italy and Paris. ‘With one eye you are looking at the outside world, while with the other you are looking within yourself.’ (Modigliani)

PAGE 22 – THOUGHTS FROM THE KITCHEN

A thriving community
Kathleen and Richard Hooper share a delicious recipe for Mustard Chicken.

PAGE 23 – CORRESPONDENCE

Letter from Andy Yeomans (Chorley)

 

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