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by Chiara Lubich

The most common experience when reading these Meditations is that they open up a dialogue with the Eternal, and the reader finds a new logic, the heavenly way of reasoning, begins to filter into the soul. We feel that we become better, and we discover a yearning, almost a homesickness, for heaven. And that turns us to face our everyday life, with its everyday struggles and all our everyday neighbours, with renewed resolution. We wish to care for others in the most realistic and down-to-earth way possible. Indeed, we feel enabled to take part in fulfilling the driving theme in the Meditations, the prayer with which Jesus summed up his life-work, uttered to his Father the night before he died: ‘May they all be one.’ (John 17:21)

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Every month the New City Press through the New City Magazine brings you news from a unique perspective: UNITY, and informs you about the contribution of the Focolare Movement to the realization of a united world.

THIS MONTH'S ISSUE - February 2015...


It seemed that the whole nation had forgotten its problems and was only focused on this old man who could move us to tears, while consoling us with his words that no world leaders or celebrity could ever say to us after we have seen the worst in Philippine history with the destruction of super-typhoon Yolanda, the earthquake in Bohol, the war in Southern Mindanao, and the corruption, poverty and injustice existing in our land.
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February 2015

Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God (Rom 15:7).
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My grandfather talks a lot and repeats the same things many times. I love him very much, but it is becoming a burden to go and visit him. How I wish to really stay longer when I’m with him but I find it so difficult to do, so I don’t go unless my parents oblige me to. However, when I’m with him I try my best to make my grandfather happy. Isn’t this enough?

Some years ago my wife underwent a delicate operation with follow-up chemotherapy. This suffering has refined our relationship, even if we have had to renounce many things, including our intimate and physical conjugal relationship. In the beginning it was a great joy just to be together and this enforced sexual continence wasn’t too difficult. I think for her it is still like this, while instead, I am experiencing a sense of frustration, and find myself vulnerable, particularly at my work where there are many temptations...

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The opening of the cause for the beatification and canonization of the founder of the Focolare took place last January 27, 2015.
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As the Focolare celebrates the Year of the Eucharist, we are publishing some thoughts and reflections from Chiara Lubich on this topic, also to prepare for the International Eucharistic Congress to be held in Cebu in January 2016.
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A declaration by Maria Voce, President of the Focolare Movement, after the recent massacres that took place in Paris, Nigeria and Pakistan.
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What does it mean for a Buddhist to live the spirituality of unity together with other young people who are Christians or followers of different faiths? Santi Wongyai, whose nickname is Num, a Buddhist, offers his testimony.
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This experience was shared by Ray Asprer for the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey, in Geneva, Switzerland last January 2015. After many years as delegate of the Focolare in Manila and Tagaytay, Ray was recently elected as one of the General Councilors of the International Focolare Center in Rome, Italy. Now he follows-up the Northern American zone of the United States and Canada.
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What is a Roman Catholic Cardinal and what does he do? These are questions the common Thai folk, mostly Buddhists, may ask, upon learning about the nomination of Archbishop Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij as the next cardinal of Bangkok.. He will be the second Thai Cardinal after Michael Michai Kitbunchu, who was instated more than 30 years ago in 1983. Along with him in the next consistory on February 14, two other new Asians, Mons. Charles Bo of Myanmar and Mons. Pierre Nguyen Van Nhon from Vietnam, will be named cardinals.
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Sisimulan natin ang pagtalakay sa ika-pito at panghuling aspeto ng buhay pagkakaisa o ang kulay biyoleta o lila. Ang pamantayang kataga ng buhay ng aspetong ito ay hango sa Juan 17:22: “Ang karangalang ibinigay mo sa akin ay ibinigay ko sa kanila upang sila’y ganap na maging isa, gaya nating iisa”-- Ang Diyos ay Isa.
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Sainthood Cause for Chiara Lubich
formally begins
The video with the highlights of the 27 January 2015 official ceremony held at the Cathedral in Frascati (Rome).
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Bangko Kabayan: an indispensable business

The Wall Street Journal interview with Teresa Ganzon General Director of Bangko Bahayan, a rural bank in the Philippines which adheres to the Economy of Communion: "Serving God, Law at a Philippine Bank".
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Belgium: Solidarity Concert
A concert produced by Christian and Muslim teens and adults. It was packaged with care as you would a gift, with time, patience, listening to one another's ideas, complete with the surprise of the end result.
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Burkina Faso: Youth movements unite

Hundreds of young people from different groups have created a day of friendship with an invitation to forgiveness. An important gesture in a country that is going through a transition towards recovery.
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Economy of Communion: The “Pasticcino”
biscuit factory is growing!

The story of Gonzalo Perrìn, entrepreneur and manager of one of the many small enterprises that draws inspiration from the spirit of Economy of Communion.
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Pope Francis to ecclesiastical movements:
“Keep going, be always on the move!”

Street missions, communities for drug addicts, prayer and work, taking care of the elderly and disabled, youth involvement: the Movements want to announce together, the joy of the Gospel in all fields. The meeting with Pope Francis marks the culmination of the international Meeting.
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Interreligious Symposium in Rabat

Around a hundred scholars coming from 25 countries, from the three monotheistic religions, to make an in-depth study together on the dignity and the role of the woman in building peace.
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Hungary, a “dice” for future citizens

The “cube of love” installed in a park of Jánoshalma was a cheerful symbol of an educational proposal to build social bonds based on peace and respect
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Families: opening up to adoption

“We were so happy that we wanted to shout it out to the whole world: the experience of an Italian family that chose the difficult path of adoption, renouncing assisted conception.
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Surviving after typhoon Yolanda

The story of a Filipino family who survived the strong typhoon that hit the Asian country in November 2013 and a reconstruction project carried out by the Focolare.
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Sweden, Bishop Åke Bonnier’s testimony

From the Diocese of Skara, a Lutheran Bishop of the Swedish Church recounts his journey towards unity of Christians in his country.
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Vatican Conference on Inclusive Economy

Scholars and representatives from business and international organisations gather with the Pope to focus on the “culture of waste” that disposes of human beings as if they were “rubbish”. The Economy of Communion’s work at weaving networks.
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Angiolino and His Friends

“I don’t solve their problems, but at least they feel they have someone who wishes them well. . .”
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