January 2018

No 518 - Vol 48

Cover photo: Pixabay



By Paul Gateshill

Taking risks

Christian dialogue is not easy, but it’s important to take risks. According to Focolare president Maria Voce there are walls which divide us which need to be climbed. Here are some extracts from an interview with Maria Voce by Andrés Beltramo Álvarez for the Spanish journal Alfa y Omega.


The declaration of Ottmaring

The following declaration was made in Ottmaring in February 2017. It reveals the clear commitment of the President and Co-president of the Focolare Movement to ecumenical dialogue.


Focolare – the Work of Mary

Each year members of the Focolare deepen their understanding of one element of the spirituality of unity. In 2017 it was Jesus, crucified and forsaken. This year, it is Mary, the mother of Jesus. Bishop Brendan Leahy and Judith Povilus provide a context for our understanding of Mary and her place within the Focolare Movement.

Extracts from ‘Mary – Flower of Humanity’ by Chiara Lubich. Published by New City, UK (2017)


A spirituality of reconciliation

An extract from an address by Chiara Lubich to the Second European Ecumenical Assembly in Graz, Austria in June 1997.


The cat and the dog

Jane Evans, from Wallingford relates how cats and dogs don’t always live together in perfect harmony.


Word of Life - January 2018

Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power (Ex. 15: 6).

This month, let us take advantage of our day-to-day contacts, to deepen or re-establish relationships of esteem and friendship with individuals, families or groups who belong to other denominations or Churches.


The Marian Antiphon…

Paul Gateshill reviews a new book by Sr Ruth Agnes Evans.


Second chances

Laura Cullen from Ireland reflects on the downfall of John Profumo in the early sixties and his subsequent search for redemption: ‘It would have been the easiest thing in the world for John Profumo to have buried his head in the sand until all the drama died down and then planned his resurrection once again’.


Travelling but not visiting

Padraic Gilligan travels to Barcelona and reflects on how often he travels, but rarely appreciates the places he visits.


He’s alive! music for the soul

Karen Walker reviews Gen Verde’s latest CD ‘He’s alive!’ with songs for the Easter season and Holy Week: ‘Following the success of their last album “On the other side”, a scintillating collection of songs tracing their individual experiences and life stories, Gen Verde have poured their significant talents into a revision of an earlier release’.

The ‘He’s alive’ CD is available as a digital download from the Gen Verde websit: www.genverde.it


Roast in the New Year

A lovely dish of roasted vegetables from the kitchen of John & Maria Walsh.



A short poem by Elisabeth Öhlböck



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