Communion and Liberation: A Movement in the Church by Davide Rondoni

By Davide Rondoni

The Communion and Liberation move all started in Milan, Italy, within the Fifties as an try to converse the attention that Christ is the single precise reaction to the inner most wishes of individuals at each second of historical past. the individual that encounters and welcomes the presence of Christ undergoes a conversion that has effects on not just the person but additionally the encircling setting. The stream unfold swiftly all through Italy and is now found in a few seventy nations all over the world, together with humans of every age and in each career at each point of society. Communion and Liberation lines the historical past of the stream, illuminating the most features of its constitution and the stories of its participants. The creation through Monsignor Luigi Giussani is a testomony to his devotion to the Church and to his fans. The appendices comprise Pope John Paul II's relocating handle to the ecclesiastic activities and the recent groups in the Church and Monsignor Giussani's description of his assembly with the pope in Rome, 30 may perhaps, 1998. An thought to all, Communion and Liberation can be of curiosity to students of non secular routine in addition to to all these drawn to reassessing their lives.

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But for the young people who stayed 52 A MOVEMENT IN THE CHURCH with Msgr. Giussani, that crisis also marked the beginning of a new, clearer and more certain phase of their original experience. In fact, this renewal under the name of Communion and Liberation can be considered one of the most unforeseeable ways in which the need for authenticity that in 1968 spurred the actions of so many young people, even under the too many ideological and political simplifications, found a path and a proposal that was truly adequate to the purpose.

Giussani learned that the aesthetic and ethical sense both arise from a correct and impassioned clarity concerning ontology, and that a lively aesthetic sense is the first sign of this, as shown by the healthiest Catholic as well as the Orthodox tradition. 32 A MOVEMENT IN THE CHURCH Observance of discipline and order in seminary life became united with the strength of a temperament that in his dialogue with his superiors and the initiatives of his companions stood out for its vivacity and keenness.

Beginning in the early years of the decade, Italy underwent one after the other all the phases of that marked process of secularization and the hegemony of A FEW WORDS OF HISTORY 55 non-religious aspects of life whose early and shocking fruits Msgr. Giussani had discerned twenty years earlier in the classroom at Berchet high school. CL appears in this context as an exception to the general submission of a large part of the so-called Catholic world to the dominant lines of secular culture, which became Marxist culture.

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