December 2017

No 517 - Vol 47

Cover image: Madonna col bambino by Guariento di Arpo (1310 – 1370)



By Paul Gateshill

Affairs of the heart

Falling in love is perhaps the most beautiful experience one can have, but when it happens to someone who has made a commitment to someone else, it presents a dilemma. A member of a religious order shares his experience of falling in love. ‘When I put the phone down, the tears flowed freely. The feeling of emptiness was indescribable…’


Call him by name

We conclude this year’s theme on Jesus Forsaken with a meditation by Chiara Lubich (1986).

Extracts from ‘Jesus Forsaken’ by Chiara Lubich. Published by New City (2016).


What Christmas is for me

A Christmas meditation taken from the writings of Chiara Lubich (December 1973)


Making a difference in the community

Young people from GB took part in an international workshop, in Serbia and Romania in July 2017. The experience continued when they returned home. ‘Achieving a “world person” starts in small communities of people and builds outwards. In Romania, we helped a few people in a small way and saw the huge impact it had on both them and us.’


Word of Life - December 2017

Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word (Lk. 1: 38).

God needs people who surrender themselves to him as humbly and as readily as a servant. Saying ‘Here am I’ to God, will allow him to sow peace around us and increase the joy in our hearts.


The sweet smell of Christmas

Cathy Beer shares a Christmas story for the young and those, ever so slightly older.


Face2Face with Noreen Lockhart

Paul Gateshill catches up with Noreen Lockhart before she leaves Great Britain for her new role with the Focolare in Oceania. ‘The thing that came to me was to be generous with my life and have a heart that is open to all of humanity, and to be free to do that. I remember going to the Focolare and sharing this.’


El Greco

Pat Kane explores the work of the great mystic artist, El Greco (literally: the Greek) who lived from 1541-1614.


Tarte Amandine

Hilda Dowley, from Dublin, shares a well-tested recipe for the Christmas period.



A short poem by Paul Oliver



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