A culture of fellowship
In July this year, just one week after the ‘Brexit’ vote in the UK, one thousand seven hundred people from two hundred Christian Movements and Communities representing forty countries gathered in Munich for the congress: ‘Together for Europe’. Here is the address given by Maria Voce, the President of the Focolare.
One river, many streams
The letter to the Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church, Iuvenescit Ecclesia (the ‘Church Regenerates’) published in June 2016 explains the ‘relationship between the hierarchical and charismatic gifts in the life and the mission of the Church.’ Susan Gately reports.
What really matters
In this short meditation, Chiara Lubich reflects on our constant need for humility.
Mariapolis in the land of the midnight sun
Cathy Beer and friends report on this year’s Mariapolis in Iceland in June 2016.
SPIRITUALITY OF UNITY
Word of life – October 2016
Forgive your neighbor the wrong done, and then your sins will be pardoned when you pray (Eccl. 28: 2).
We can experience a new peace and a surprising joy when we forgive properly, realistically, sincerely. It is our ‘vendetta of love’.
TREASURES FROM THE PAST
For it is when I am weak that I am strong
In this new series, we ask readers to send in extracts from New City which have inspired them. The following article was chosen by Revd. Peter Paine who is a retired Anglican priest. It was written by Giorgio Marchetti (Fede) as a commentary to the Word of Life in March 1973.
WORD IN ACTION
I was hungry and you fed me
Frank McLoughlin recounts how his chance encounter with ‘Dave’ leads to enjoying the superb Northumbrian coastline.
Artists in residence
Pat Kane explores the potential of artists in residence for inspiring and transforming people’s lives
The ultimate price
‘Love means I am ready to give my life for you. And this doesn’t mean only physically dying. I’m ready to share my bread so that you can eat; give up my time to visit you in hospital; stop talking so that I can listen to you.’ Robbie Young reflects upon the nature of sacrificial love.
By Ann Finch
Dialogue through music
Mike Robinson reports on his experience of accompanying nine 12-16 year olds to an international school for music in Italy at the end of June this year
The music of silence
Helen Copeland reviews the latest book on the life of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, by Elizabeth Ruth Obbard.