April 2018

No 521 - Vol 48

Cover design: Sandor Bartus



By Paul Gateshill

Thoughts of a fellow pilgrim

David Cornick, from the United Reformed Church, will be stepping down as General Secretary of Churches Together in England (CTE) after 10 years in the job. Here, he reflects on his experience with CTE and also looks at the challenges faced by the Churches on the road to unity.


The providential hand of God (Part 2)

This month we continue with the second part of the story of Gis, one of the early companions of Chiara Lubich. We had reached the point last month when Gis’s mother had allowed her sister, Ginetta, to live in the first focolare house in Trent, but had forbidden Gis to live there.


The Way of Mary

We continue with this year’s theme, on Mary, the mother of Jesus. Here Chiara Lubich outlines how the different moments in Mary’s life can be seen as a model for Christian life.

Extracts from Mary, flower of Humanity by Chiara Lubich. Published by New City 2017


Little steps in ecumenism

Uli Yeomans shares her experience of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, in her home town of Chorley, Lancashire.


Wings of unity – effective and affective dialogue

Roberto Catalano reports on the continuing experience of Muslim, Christian dialogue: Wings of Unity which has been taking place in the Sophia University Institute at Loppiano, Italy.


Word of Life - April 2018

Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life (Jn 6: 47).

The words of Jesus will be a source of light and he will come to us with his truth, his strength and his love. Our life will become more and more life with him, doing everything with him.


Nally McNally’s giant dog

Cathy Beer recounts how Miss Plumket finds herself out of her depth and, once again, calls on the help of her old friend, Mrs Medlicott.


The meaning of life

Robbie Young reflects on whether there is a meaning to life…


‘Mary’ by Bill Viola

Pat Kane reflects on the work of Bill Viola (born 1951) and his video installation: ‘Mary’ at St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

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The present moment

Uli Yeomans shares a recipe for Quark Pastries.


Not so random act of kindness

A short poem by Jim Deeds.

From ‘Gym for the soul’ by Jim Deeds. Published by New City 2018



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