«That all may be one» (Jn. 17,21)
We were born for these words, for unity, to give a contribution to its realization in the world. Chiara Lubich
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|Fifty Years of Focolare in North America|
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|수요일, 16 2월 2011|
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In 2011 the Focolare marks its 50-year milestone in North America with anniversary celebrations throughout the United States and Canada.
Seeds of the Focolare spirituality of unity had already been sown on this continent back in the 1950s, but the Focolare began here in earnest only in 1961, when three courageous young people arrived in an immigrant quarter of New York City with the sole aim of putting the Gospel into practice. Since then this way of life has been spreading, through the quiet efforts of the hundreds of others who met them and embraced as their own the Focolare’s aim: to contribute to the fulfillment of Jesus’ prayer “May they all be one” (Jn 17:21).
After her first trip to New York in 1964, Focolare founder Chiara Lubich made this comment about the U.S.: “I was deeply struck by this country; it made a beautiful impression on me. I am familiar with other nations in Europe and South America, but this country seems to me particularly suited to the spirit of the Focolare. There is no air of ethnic superiority, but instead a distinct sense of internationality. There is simplicity….”
In a similar manner, the Focolare and its message of unity has reached the farthest corners of the globe, from its humble beginnings in occupied Italy in the midst of World War II, as a result of the Gospel message of love of neighbor and mutual love being put into practice. In the United States it has spread slowly but tenaciously, following paths through American culture that no one could have predicted: creating bonds of mutual love between young and old, married and single, Catholics and Christians of other Churches; then with Jewish and Hindu friends, and most recently with many Muslim communities. All are part of this global family that includes numerous multi-cultural communities. Its members work for solidarity and dialogue in the U.S. and Canada, creating a network of relationships and furthering the Movement’s goal of universal brotherhood.
Giving special significance to the 50th anniversary celebration this spring, Focolare President Maria Voce and Co-president Giancarlo Faletti will come to North America for a month-long tour and visit with Focolare’s communities and friends in different cities.
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