PAGE 3 – EDITORIAL
PAGE 4 – FOCOLARE
March 2018 was the tenth anniversary of the death of the founder of Focolare, Chiara Lubich. Susanne Janssen reports on a recent talk given by the Focolare Co-President Jesús Moran, about the importance of ‘contemporizing’ each gift of the Holy Spirit within the Church, including the Charism of Unity.
PAGE 7 – WORD IN ACTION
Retirement and beyond
A woman from Indiana USA, shares how she felt urged to use her retirement to care for the marginalized.
PAGE 8 – PROFILE
Face2Face with Joanne Slugocki
Frank Johnson spent a few days recently enjoying the warm hospitality of Madonna House in Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire. He interviewed the newest resident there: a 27-year-old Canadian called Joanne Slugocki.
PAGE 10 – SPIRITUALITY OF UNITY
Mary desolate – The way of holiness
We continue with this year’s theme on Mary, the mother of Jesus. Here Chiara Lubich focuses on Mary desolate, standing at the foot of the cross.
PAGE 12 – SPIRITUALITY OF UNITY
Word of Life – May
By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Gal. 5: 22)
Every action of ours is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to say no to the slavery of selfishness and yes to the freedom of loving.
PAGE 14 – VIEWPOINT
Belonging and identity
Michal Siewniak reflects on his family’s mixed heritage and how it has enriched their overall sense of identity.
PAGE 16 – DIALOGUE
Paul Gateshill reports on a Bradford based project: ‘Touchstone’, which has been bringing people of different faiths together, for the last twenty five years.
PAGE 18 – REFLECTION
The real gift of Wakanda
Robbie Young, who lives in the Focolare in South Africa, reflects on the futuristic film ‘Black Panther’. He argues that the West is impoverished when it ignores the richness and diversity of Africa and its people.
PAGE 20 – MEDITATION
Mary and the Holy Spirit
A meditation by Chiara Lubich
PAGE 22 – THOUGHTS FROM THE KITCHEN
Zingy spring soup
Andy Yeomans suggests that less is more, not just in the kitchen but also in life generally…
PAGE 23 – POETRY + SUDOKU
By Jim Deeds