What Unites

Vatican diplomacy faces the test of a “third world war fought in piecemeal.” The task of Christians and the radical crisis of trust. In the December issue of Traces, a dialogue with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See.

Response to Allegations of Abuse

Statement by U.S. Responsible Fr. Michael Carvill and HAC President Steve Brown

"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.
<em>Adoration of the Shepherds</em> by Matthias Stomer

The Grace of Being Guided this Advent

A presentation of the December Book of the Month: Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives by Pope Benedict XVI.

During the Thanksgiving break, I had the opportunity to visit the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. to explore the history of landscape paintings by American born artists. We had a very knowledgeable guide who shared her passion for this chapter...


In the Company of Fr. Giussani

Irene and Nadia share their experience of taking a year to read the biography of Fr. Giussani with a group of friends.

When the biography of Fr. Giussani came out, I immediately bought it, but I knew that I wouldn't read it during the school year – I am a busy teacher – and I wouldn't read it during the summer – I need something less ponderous. I was afraid it would end u...

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Barbie's Burning Heart

Surprised by the Barbie movie, Carie shares what struck her in the film.
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When Things Get Real

Erin reflects on her journey of faith in light of the work we are doing on The Religious Sense.

I was recently talking to my fiancé about a phenomenon that I have experienced and like to call late-onset anxiety. As a counselor, I am well acquainted with anxiety, and what I find most often is that either you experience anxiety from a very early age o...

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The Dynamic of Knowing

Elvira, a neonatologist working in perinatal palliative care, shares her judgment of the challenging situation surrounding the life of Indi Gregory, who passed away on November 14.

I have been a neonatologist for more than 30 years and medical director of a program of perinatal palliative care that I created here in New York, NY with the purpose to help families like Indi Gregory’s family. I wrote these observations on November 13, ...


Peace in the Middle East(?)

Abbot Nikodemus Schnabel, a Benedictine monk living in the Holy Land, tells us about his experience living in the midst of the conflict between Israel and Palestine, and about his hope for peace. An interview from the Cracks in Postmodernity podcast.

The internet discourse surrounding the conflict between Israel and Palestine over the last few months has left me confused and disillusioned by the extreme polarization. Surely, I have plenty of my own opinions about what I think is happening in the Middl...

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Jon Fosse: 2023 Nobel Laureate

“Everything I’ve written can perhaps be called a sort of mystical realism⁠ — not ‘magical,’ but mystical⁠.”

In 2012, the Norwegian writer Jon Fosse decided it was time to face his limitations. A prolific playwright, he had seen his theatrical works produced more times than almost any living author. But in addition to artistic burnout he confessed to himself th...

Etty Hillesum

Etty Hillesum and the Question of Our Age

A reflection on Etty Hillesum and her relevance to today.
Kuok-Wai Lio, pianist

A Constellation of Gifts

A new judgment born from listening to Chopin’s “The Raindrop” played at the National Assembly.

I have certainly listened to music before in my life, but it may not have been until the National Assembly that I actually heard it. I knew of philosophical works by ancients and moderns about music, but never suspected them of being anything other th...

Testimony of Jone Echarri

Jone Echarri's testimony at the Communion and Liberation Beginning Day (Milan, 23 September 2023).

The 2023 MedConference: Why Care?

Seeking lasting ways to sustain the healthcare profession, 85 medical professionals gathered in Minnesota in October for the annual MedConference.

From beginning to end, we enjoyed another meaningful and eye-opening MedConference. From the speakers’ dinner, sharing our experiences and perspectives, to the benefits and challenges of AI with some Bob Dylan mixed in, the opportunity to engage with othe...


Educating in the Post-Pandemic Medical World

Jacob witnesses to the fact that in order to educate others, we first need to educate our own hearts.

What sustains me in my work as a physician? When this question was posed as the theme of the 2023 American Association of Medicine and the Person conference (also known as the MedConference), I desired to answer it for myself. I soon realized that, th...

The Profound Sense of a Failure

A review of the book The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder.

A Visible Appearance

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

I had the good fortune to be a passenger as my friend drove back down the river canyon from Estes Park to Denver. I could fully take in the majesty of golden leaves on aspen trees interspersed with bright red maples, making the valley below glow against a...

A New Day

Joey shares his experience of attending the National Assembly in Estes Park, CO.

Living Intensely The Real

Life is not a technical matter, but a matter of the heart.

Beginning Again in the US

This year there were 35 Beginning Days across the country. Friends from Virginia, Texas, Ohio and Arizona share their experiences.

This year for Beginning Day the Houston, TX community gathered at the University of St. Thomas with friends from Austin and Brenham, while friends from the Dallas community gathered together to connect with us from their home. The gesture took place two d...


The Event that Fills My Life

The North Carolina community’s Beginning Day included witnesses from Joe who attended the International Meeting of Responsibles in La Thuile as well as Joshua who is the founder of Living With Convictions.

The North Carolina community gathered on a rainy Saturday in Greensboro for our Beginning Day. Two witnesses came to share with us their experiences. Joe Poole, from Tampa, FL, came to share what he heard, saw, and learned from the International Meeting o...


The Christian Presence on Campus

CL University students and professors organized the first annual CLU Conference held in Atchison, KS at the end of September with the theme “Faith and Culture: Luigi Giussani and the Christian Presence on Campus.”

The last weekend in September, over 60 Communion and Liberation University (CLU) students from across the country gathered in Atchison, Kansas for the first annual CLU conference. The conference titled “Faith and Culture: Luigi Giussani and the Christian ...

A Thirst for Charitable Work

Friends from Greenville, South Carolina share a morning of charitable work.