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An Unearned Belonging


“Because I had been given so much, I wanted to give something back.”

Luca, a teacher in Gainesville, Florida

Florida: The Facts Before Our Eyes


Luca has been teaching in the United States for seven years. He recounts his life in recent times and his relationships with friends. It is an everyday life in which "Jesus happens, and He asks me to follow Him."

“The Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil” by Claude Monet (detail)

Gleaming With Joy


Following what happened to her, Erin travels to the DC area to meet these friends in person.

Photo: Unsplash/Victor Malyushev

"My Roses Are Blooming"


Rachelle recounts community life in North Carolina. In 2011 there were seven people, but at their last gathering there were more than 40 people. "What are You doing, Lord, that You have created this community out of practically nothing?"

Bloomington, Indiana (Photo: Aaron Shafer/Unsplash)

Sharing Life


After a period when many friends began to leave, new faces came to join Chevy and the community in Bloomington. She shares how she discovered the joy of sharing with others what she has met.

Rocky Mountains National Park

North America: "Because This is Where Youth Lives"


The Texas massacre, the media storm, the suffering of young people, and the hundred college students vacationing on the slopes of Longs Peak, Colorado. A professor speaks of the "hope in this world" that he saw in them.

Smoky Mountains (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

The Master Is Here and He is Waiting for You


Friends from Indiana, Tennessee, Minnesota, and New Jersey gathered in the Smokey Mountains to follow the Fraternity Exercises. Amid hikes and children, "we left filled with the certainty that the cabin was—and our friendship is—a place of belonging."

New York, 1986. Fr. Giussani visits the CL community (©Fraternità di CL)

Where Life Happens

StoriesAnna Leonardi

Vanessa's search from Silicon Valley to Italy to Los Angeles. And that day at Giussani’s funeral…”The experience I was having was enough for me to understand that the faith he was witnessing was something reasonable.” From February Tracce.

Vanessa with her family
Vincent van Gogh, 'Houses at Auvers' (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

What makes a House a Home


Rossella experiences a newness in opening her home to friends, and thanks to this experience is learning that "how I can discover my own heart and that my life is important for what happens in the world."

The Little "Tenda"


Together with friends, Lucia organized a "Tenda" to help fundraise for #helpUkraine. She recounts how she rediscovered the meaning of charitable work.

'First Steps' by Jean-François Millet (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

It is not in my Hands


After seeing Carlo Acutis’ Eucharistic Exhibition, Eugenia finds herself full of questions and the desire to share what she has received: "When you receive so much and you are grateful for it, the only thing you can do is to share it with others. "