«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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|Saturday, January 01, 2011|
On January 1st, the World Day of Peace, we offer a synthesis of a talk given by Chiara Lubich in 1997 for a Symposium at the United Nations in New York.
"...our Movement, aims at bringing peace into the world. (...) As it seeks to build unity among individuals, among groups and among nations; as it dreams of a future in which the world will be truly united, it is a force for peace in the world.
It proposes, promotes and builds peace not at high-level meetings, as the United Nations does, but among ordinary people of every language, race, nationality and religion.
But what is the bond of unity? What creates peace?
It is the love, love that lives deep in the heart of every human being. (...) that love knows no form of discrimination.
(...) The art of loving also requires us to be first in loving, not waiting for the other person to love us first.
This art means knowing how to "make ourselves one" with others; that is, to make their worries, their thoughts, their sufferings, their joys, our own.
(…) But if this love for others is lived together, it becomes mutual.