«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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There was happiness, discoveries, graces, conquests. This is certainly the life of the Gospel. But right from the start we understood that everything also had another side to it. That the tree had its roots.
The Gospel floods you with love, but demands everything. "If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Lk 9, 23). Suffering, therefore.
“Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies", Jesus says, “it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit” (Jn 12:24). Death, therefore.
And this Movement has experienced suffering in many ways, as a consequence of living the Gospel, as a providential means for the purification of its members. But with the grace of God each person has known how to love suffering, making their own the words of St. Paul: “I know only Christ and him crucified” (cf 1 Cor 2:2).