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The history of spirituality has never seen a way to God like this one. Till now all forms of spiritual growth have focused on the individuals discovery of the Beauty of Beauties, the God who fascinates the human heart. And they have striven to find ways in which individuals can be transformed, ways in which they can enter into the ultimate experience. In essence none of this disappears. But the spirituality that Chiara Lubich and her companions have discovered is a new way in which people go to God not primarily as individuals, but together. It is a spirituality of communion, as described by John Paul II. No longer is the spiritual life about withdrawing from other people, nor just about serving them. It is about living with them in unity, growing together in God. What do I wish for this book? That it may become nourishment for the lives of many and that it may contribute to making the Church beautiful, so that for the salvation of the world and for the glory of God the Church may live among men and women, as a sign of and a pointer towards happiness. Cardinal Miloslav Vlk Archbishop of Prague
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Studio: New City Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.04" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.52 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2006
Publisher NEW CITY PRESS
ISBN 1565482360 ISBN13 9781565482364
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More About Chiara Lubich
An internationally known religious leader and writer, Italian-born Chiara Lubich (1920-2008) was described by the "New York Times" as one of the most influential women in the Catholic Church. She was president of the Focolare Movement, and her work has been recognized by universities, agencies, foundations, nations, states, and municipalities including 15 honorary doctorates, numerous civic awards, the Templeton Prize for Progress of Religion and the UNESCO Peace Prize. She has published over 50 books in 29 languages, with more than one million copies sold.
Chiara Lubich lived in Rome. Chiara Lubich was born in 1920 and died in 2008.
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Focolare: Principles and Practices for All Feb 15, 2006
In her most recent book Chiara Lubich introduces the "collective spirituality" at the core of the Focolare Movement, of which she is founder and president. Through this collective or communitarian living we go to God together. In the past, Lubich writes, the idea of going to God as individuals was common (witness the desert fathers and mothers), but times have changed. "The Holy Spirit is now forcefully calling men and women to walk side by side with other people, indeed to be one heart and one soul with all those who so desire."
Lubich goes on to describe the differences between individual and collective spirituality, then turns to the "aspects" of Focolare Movement or Work of Mary. "Each of us must aim at being another Jesus as soon as possible," Lubich proclaims. Recognizing that the ways to unity with Jesus and others are many and varied, Focolare has enumerated seven main points about love. It is communion, radiates, uplifts, heals, creates a home, generates wisdom, and unites. The author devotes an entire chapter to each of these points, providing a comprehensive description of life in Focolare and rich examples for others to embrace.