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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 - June 2015...


Focolare President Maria Voce with other religious leaders at the United Nations
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June 2015

“Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing” (Lk 10:41-42).. ENGLISH Word of Life in Powerpoint (right click to save)




“I have the impression that my wife, with her friends, is becoming intrusive, but every time I tell her about it she gets upset and stops talking to me. Is it really necessary to ‘tell all’ in the relationship of a couple?” (M.P.)

“As the periodic exams approach, our professors are applying pressure on us. This leads to my insomnia, attacks of migraine and feelings that I will fail. I tend to exaggerate things and easily think about giving up. Should I look for other solutions, like finding a tutor if I can afford one?” (Anonymous)

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The 2015 edition of the Pan-Asian Course offered by the School of Dialogue with Oriental Religions (SOR) provided a continuing contribution to international and interreligious efforts towards peace and harmony.
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The speech by the Focolare Movement’s president, Maria Voce, at the High-Level Thematic Debate on “Promoting Tolerance and Reconciliation” last April 2015.
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As the Focolare reflects this year on the Eucharist, we are publishing some thoughts from Chiara Lubich on this topic, which can also prepare us for the International Eucharistic Congress to be held in Cebu in January 2016.
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The family of Troy Inciong, with wife Vina and son Patrick, shares how they met and how they live the Focolare life of love and unity in simple and extraordinary life’s circumstances.
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Raymond Mateo, a teacher, shares his love for teaching and his mission and passion as an educator in the light of the life of unity
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Miranda Janssen, a Dutch Focolarina, lived in the Philippines for 18 years, and was the co-delegate of the Focolare zone of Manila for the last five years. She just returned to the Netherlands last March 2015.
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“Pagkakaisa.” Ito ang salitang naglalarawan sa aspektong lila, at siyang naglalagom sa iisang mithiin ng Focolare. Ang pagkakaisa, tulad ng ugnayang nagbubuklod sa mga kasapi ng isang pamilya, ay naisasagawa sa pamamagitan ng komunikasyon upang ipabatid at ibahagi ang mga pangyayari at impormasyon tungkol sa samahan. Ang bukal nito ay ang buhay ng Banal na Santatlo at humuhugot ng inspirasyon mula kay Maria.
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Slovakia: A young priest’s challenge

A neighbourhood in Bratislava abandoned by young people: Fr Ludovit refused to give up and strived to create a community. Beginning with families, he used only his strong faith and a personal love for each person.
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Economy of Communion: a path for Africa?

The first international and pan-African EoC school is underway: involving the dynamism of a young population with high aspirations and dreams amid the great challenges facing the continent.
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Why I asked to return to Syria
Interview with Ghada, an Arab Christian focolarina from Lebanon. She has lived amongst the people of the Middle East, the past year and a half in Syria, where she continues with them to hope and to believe.
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Family life: the “price” for staying united

The enticement of a brilliant career in a country of your dreams. The story of Rosette and Eric, a young Filipino couple that managed to go against the current and choose to remain a family.
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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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