December 2015

No 495 - Vol 45

Cover image: ‘Nativity’ by Piero Della Francesca, National Gallery, London



By Paul Gateshill

My heart has no frontiers

Readers are invited to go behind the scenes with Sally McAllister as Gen Verde visit Hungary and arrive in the UK for their recent tour. They suddenly find themselves on the other side of the fence when they are stopped at Calais and three members of the band are refused entry.


Face2Face with Alessandra Pasquali

Alessandra Pasquali joined Gen Verde four years ago. Paul Gateshill caught up with her on their recent tour of the UK.


The Trinity has thrown open its gates

A short meditation by Chiara Lubich
enlightened > From the book ‘A star over Bethlehem’ >


The teacher that said ‘sorry’

Sometimes our dreams and expectations can adversely impact on the way we treat the people around us

--Word in Action--

Word of Life – December 2015

Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight (Mk 1: 3).
We are offered the possibility of meeting Jesus in our daily lives and among us. If we take it, we will experience a living Christmas.

enlightened  Suggested Meditation from the Book: Essential Writings >
Printable leaflet

--Spirituality of Unity--

Together, we can change the world!

Anja Primbs reports on an inspiring performing arts weekend run for young people by Gen Verde.



Robbie Young reflects on whether our push-button world is depriving us of our basic humanity.


Piero Della Francesca - Nativity

Pat Kane helps us to celebrate Christmas with another iconic painting by Piero Della Francesca.


The Christmas Pudding

Cathy Beer entertains us with one of her glorious poems to celebrate the festive season, accompanied by delightful illustrations from Duncan Harper. Once again Mrs Medlicott and Miss Plumket cause a stir in more ways than one.


Christmas chestnut rolls

Hazel Thurlow makes her debut writing for New City with some festive vegetarian fare.

--Thoughts from the kitchen--

5 Steps to Great Parenting

Ana Domitrovic recommends this short guide to effective parenting by Tom Rowley.

enlightened > See it in our online bookstore >




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