May 2018

No 522 - Vol 48

Cover design: Pixabay



By Paul Gateshill

Faithful creativity

March 2018 was the tenth anniversary of the death of the founder of Focolare, Chiara Lubich. Susanne Janssen reports on a recent talk given by the Focolare Co-President Jesús Moran, about the importance of ‘contemporizing’ each gift of the Holy Spirit within the Church, including the Charism of Unity.


Face2Face with Joanne Slugocki

Frank Johnson spent a few days recently enjoying the warm hospitality of Madonna House in Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire. He interviewed the newest resident there: a 27-year-old Canadian called Joanne Slugocki.


Mary desolate – The way of holiness

We continue with this year’s theme on Mary, the mother of Jesus. Here Chiara Lubich focuses on Mary desolate, standing at the foot of the cross.

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


Retirement and beyond

A woman from Indiana USA, shares how she felt urged to use her retirement to care for the marginalized.



Paul Gateshill reports on a Bradford based project: ‘Touchstone’, which has been bringing people of different faiths together, for the last twenty five years.


Word of Life - May 2018

By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Gal. 5: 22)

Every action of ours is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to say no to the slavery of selfishness and yes to the freedom of loving.


Belonging and identity

Michal Siewniak reflects on his family’s mixed heritage and how it has enriched their overall sense of identity.


The real gift of Wakanda

Robbie Young, who lives in the Focolare in South Africa, reflects on the futuristic film ‘Black Panther’. He argues that the West is impoverished when it ignores the richness and diversity of Africa and its people.


Mary and the Holy Spirit

A meditation by Chiara Lubich


Zingy spring soup

Andy Yeomans suggests that less is more, not just in the kitchen but also in life generally…



A short poem by Jim Deeds.

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



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