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Focolare: Living a Spirituality of Unity in…

Focolare: Living a Spirituality of Unity in the United States

by Thomas Masters

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 156548374X, Paperback)

'So, what do you do?' is a question many people ask about new ecclesial movements such as the Focolare. Focolare: Living a Spirituality of Unity in the United States answers the question by sharing the stories of a diverse array of individuals -- children, teenagers, young adults, married couples, senior citizens, single men and women, sisters, priests, and bishops -- who are part of the movement. Each person has been struck by the same profound realization that inspired the Focolare's founder, Chiara Lubich, during the bombardment of Trent in World War II: God is Love.

Through these personal narratives, one comes to understand the Focolare's essential spiritual and practical values, the various 'vocational paths' its members follow, and its effect on culture, society, and church in the 21st century. The book's concluding chapters examine how a spirituality of unity engages contemporary American cultural questions and values -- happiness, freedom, community, and commitment to the common good in public life.

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This book provides a window through which one might glimpse the Focolare Movement?s animating spirit and what it means for people who attempt to put its principles into practice in the context of daily life in the United States. It identifies questions that have emerged in the course of the Movement?s work as it intersects with ecclesial and cultural themes, and provides initial discussion to serve as a springboard for further and deeper reflection of these issues.When Focolare founder Chiara Lubich died in March 2008, she left a profound and voluminous spiritual and cultural ?inheritance,? embodied not only in its official General Statutes and the extensive multi-media archive of her published writings and public talks, diaries and informal conversations, but also in the witness and example of her first collaborators who brought the Focolare lifestyle to manifold countries, cultures and social contexts. For the thousands of people who have been touched by this ?inheritance,? the charism of unity also includes the daily transformation of their personal lives and relationships, and their own experience of the renewal of the social and ecclesial contexts where they live and work. This volume presents how that inheritance has been lived out over the past fifty years.… (more)

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