"Christianity as an Event Today"

On the 19th anniversary of his death, the full version of the unpublished text from the February issue of Traces: notes from a lesson given by Fr. Luigi Giussani in 1992.

Traces, February 2024

Artificial intelligence is at the center of the world, the protagonist of debates in every sphere. Even for the pope, who dedicated his Message for Peace to it, it is among the priorities for reflection, raising urgent questions about its impact, from the

"Faith, the Fulfillment of Reason"

Notes from the words of Francesco Cassese and Davide Prosperi at the Beginning Day of the Adults of Communion and Liberation of the Lombardy Region, and the testimony of Jone Echarri.
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Education and the Road to Destiny

The Tampa Bay Community hosted a panel to discuss the content of The Risk of Education and saw firsthand the grace of the charism given by the Holy Spirit to Fr. Giussani

In his letter addressed to the Movement in which he announced that he would be stepping down as President of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, Fr. Julian Carron wrote, “I wish you to live this circumstance as an occasion of growth of your eccles...

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A Unique Lens

The friends that organized the Leonard Cohen exhibit at the 2024 New York Encounter share their judgment on the work.

The Leonard Cohen exhibit that we prepared for the Encounter bore many unexpected fruits. A few days after the Encounter, our team had a conversation that made this clear. Here is a recounting of our conversation: My wife and I, who both worked on this...

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Living the Liturgy

A book including Fr. Giussani’s meditations on the liturgy is now available in English through Slant Books

Slant Books recently published Living the Liturgy: A Witness by Fr. Giussani. The insights in Living the Liturgy were taken from conversations that Fr. Giussani had with members of Communion and Liberation, and this is the first time this text is availabl...

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A Friendship Full of Wonder

Friends in Houston, TX host a cultural event discussing the role of wonder in the dynamics of knowing.

Last semester, I met with Rob Phillips – a biophysics professor from Caltech – and he told me: “When I bring my students on our field trip the Galapagos Islands, I ask them to sit for twenty minutes twice a day, every day, in silence, to look at the ocean...

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The Net

A new publication by Human Adventure Books addresses the question: “How can you save someone who doesn’t want to be saved?”

On December 30, 2021 I began and read in three days the book La Rete – which translates to “The Net” – written by an Italian author, Sara Allegrini. The book deeply struck me for its beauty and meaning, but especially for a third reason. It addresses the...

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Artificial Intelligence and the Human Contribution

An interview with Davide Bolchini, curator of the New York Encounter’s exhibit on Artificial Intelligence.

“Tearing Open the Sleeping Soul,” a phrase from Saint Gregory the Great, is the title of the 2024 edition of the New York Encounter. The Metropolitan Pavilion, the conference center in Chelsea, just down the street from the iconic Flatiron Building, will ...

New York Encounter 2024: Tearing Open the Sleeping Soul

“The theme of the Encounter has never been more hopeful than it is this year.”

A Beggar in Radical Imitation of Christ

February’s Book of the Month: St. Francis of Assisi by G.K. Chesterton
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Spirto Gentil Society

Changed by the friendship with a couple that moved away, Bill and his wife decide to open their home with the hope of meeting and embracing more of these friends.

About a year ago, my wife and I hosted the first meeting of the “Spirto Gentil Society”. It was a small party centered around thirty minutes of music (two pieces) prefaced by reading Fr. Giussani’s corresponding reflections from his Spirto Gentil CD serie...

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This Little Flame

“These days of knowing the Movement have educated me to a wovenness with the lives of others that is new for me.”

“The things that I see” really are out of this world. The week before Christmas, I saw a “peace flame” that had been shared across the world, originating in Bethlehem, and made its way to Steubenville, OH. The occasion was a prayer vigil for peace i...

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God Was Waiting For Me

Invited to reconsider the value of Charitable Work, Laura begins a journey and experiences God’s caress.

At last year’s Lent retreat, Luca provoked me to take the charitable work proposal seriously. Since the beginning of the pandemic, all charitable work activities ceased outside of fundraising for AVSI. At his provocation, I immediately went into crisis: h...

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An Inextinguishable Source of Unity

After seeing his friends, Massimo is left “with a bigger desire, and a simple prayer to learn to recognize Him wherever I am, whomever I’m with.”

What do a stay-at-home mom of five, a literature college professor, an IT engineer, a medical imaging specialist, a strategy consultant, and an accounting professor have in common? If any combination of these walked into a bar, it would make for either a ...

Reading Well to Live Well

An interview with Marcie Stokman, founder of Well-Read Mom.
Padre Vito with Chiara and Enrico on their wedding day

Let Yourself Be Loved

An Encounter with Padre Vito and Chiara Corbella Petrillo.
<em>Adoration of the Magi</em> by Master of the Legend of St. Lucy

Desiring the Epiphany of the Magi

An interview with art historian, Cecelia Dorger.
<em>Healing of a Blind Man </em> by Eustache Le Sueur
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In Him I See Who I Am

Fr. Brian reflects on how the charism of CL helps him to be a priest, even within the discovery of his own limits.

It is a joy to be a priest. I love everything about it, even if I have no idea how to live it well. That's why the charism of Communion and Liberation has helped me so much. In the past few months, my schedule changed due to a new semester at the univ...

<em>The Holy Family</em> by Bartolomeo Cavarozzi

Honor Your Father and Mother

A friend's reflection from the Christmas octave.
Nativity and Adoration of the Shepherds by Giotto
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He Dwells Among Us

An invitation to read January’s Book of the Month, Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives by Pope Benedict XVI.

The Church always has us enter the new year under the protection of Mary, Mother of God, and the Holy Family. This past Sunday, the feast of the Holy Family, our priest’s homily focused on highlighting the realism of the Christmas story and the hardships ...

Young People and Christmas: An Ideal to Bet On

"The ashes of our dreams are invested by the only ideal that withstands the impact of evil and time: God himself has come to meet us." Davide Prosperi's letter to Corriere della Sera.
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In My Father's House

An interview with the founder of My Father’s House, Jim Blum. An earlier version was published in Italian on IlSussidiario.net on December 25, 2023

I sit down with an old friend, Jim Blum. Jim is a big man and a great man. He spent twenty years incarcerated in Colorado and when he was unexpectedly granted parole, he decided to found My Father’s House. MFH is a nonprofit that, since its foundation in ...