Algiers, 23 January, 2020 / 4:31 am (ACI Africa).
On Wednesday, January 22, the centenary birthday of Italian-born Chiara Lubich who founded the Focolare Movement, various members have reflected on the significance of this celebration and recounted her legacy through messages that are inspired by the goal of the 76-year-old movement of spiritual and social renewal, which is “to promote brotherhood and to achieve a more united world in which people respect and value diversity” in the light of Gospel values.
“Chiara Lubich made me discover a way of living my faith around the clock. She opened the eyes of my soul to see the real and powerful presence of the Risen Lord in the midst of those who truly love one another,” Kenya-based Ernst Ulz, a consecrated member of the Movement shared with ACI Africa Wednesday, January 22.
“She helped me to stand up and love again every time I had failed. She widened my spiritual and mental horizon and helped me to embrace all people of all cultures, nations and believes,” the Austrian-born Focolarino said and added in reference to the prayer of Jesus that inspires the movement, “She awoke and nourishes in me the unshakable dream of Jesus: that all may be one.”
Another member of the worldwide Movement, Prof. Justus Mbae, recounted how their founder instilled in them the value of love saying, Lubich “taught us to love God in a deep way because God loves us immensely. She taught us to be humble, to accept and to love every individual in the world because everyone is a candidate for unity.”
“She taught us how to love others in our lives (the art of loving),” the Kenyan member of the movement’s Volunteer of God branch said and added about Lubich, “She constantly reminds us that it is possible and desirable to live our unity in diversity even as we appreciate each other’s difference and uniqueness.”