Communion & Liberation: January 2011 Archives
Father Julián Carrón, President of the ecclesial movement Communion and Liberation indicated the Movement's plans to participate in the beatification of Pope John Paul II on May 1. Father Carrón's remarks showed gratitude for the Pontiff's legacy.
According to Father Carrón the Movement plans to "make the pilgrimage to Rome to join the Pope and the Church in thanking God who has given us such an authentic witness of Christ." Father Carrón says that "We want to gather closely around Benedict XVI, who in his farsightedness has decided to indicate Blessed John Paul II to the whole world as an example of what Christ can make of a man who allows himself to be grasped by him."
Speaking for the heart and soul of Communion and Liberation Father Carrón said, "If someone has an enormous debt of gratitude towards John Paul II, we are the ones."
I invite you to read the full text of Father Julián Carrón's letter to the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation: Fr Carron on the beatification of Pope John Paul II.pdf
Last weekend the New York Encounter was "a success" for the second year in a row. Lots of people, friends and guests came together for a public meeting to hear presentations, to engage in discussion, to share friendly meals and to be caught up in beautiful music. Several significant speakers addressed the crowds. People like Cardinal Seán O'Malley, OFM Cap., Father Julián Carrón, Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete, John Garvey, Carla Hendra, Charles, Townes, Clara Gaymard and others.
The Encounter is a faith and cultural festival in the heart of the New York City sponsored by Communion and Liberation and Crossroads Cultural Center and several other organizations.
Let me bring together several key events by providing essays in review:
Sharon Mollerus writes about the address given by the new President of the Catholic University of America John Garvey who spoke on freedom in the university context and what it means to be at a Catholic institution and the work of freedom. Nothing gets the "goat" of university professors, especially the pampered and self-appointed intellectuals, more than questions of freedom in university life. Mollerus' essay "CUA President John Garvey Defends Freedom in the University."
Dino D'Agata writes "Claudel's 'The Tidings Brought to Mary.'" Paul Claudel is estimated to the most significant poet of the 20th century and THE most quoted poet by Pope Benedict XVI. Dino D'Agata is a consecrated lay-member of Memores Domini teaching high school in Washignton, DC.
Fred Kaffenberger also reviews Claudel's play in an essay, "A French House in New York City" where he reflects on what this play may say to a post-modern American audience.
Fred Kaffenberger also reviews the new English translation of the iconic Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi's work, Canti by Jonathan Galassi in an essay, "Galassi's Translation of Leopardi: Reviews."
The New York Encounter is about being with others to see how I can face life differently. If we want change in life, to have a different way of living in society we to engage our own human flourishing with points of compassion, facing the situations presented to us in life with hope, courage, compassion, What do I believe? Who do I rely on for companionship, intellectual wonder and cultural fun?
Crossroads Cultural Center has a growing file for the New York Encounter that you may find useful.
Follow the New Encounter on Facebook where you can find photos and other useful info.
Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete, the ecclesial assistant for Communion and Liberation in the USA, published in the Italy-based online magazine, Il Sussidiario, an appreciative article on this coming weekend's New York Encounter, a faith and culture festival.
The program: NY Encounter Program 2011.pdf
A few years ago, I accompanied Peter Beinart, then editor of The New Republic to the "Meeting for the Friendship Among Peoples" in Rimini, Italy, the event inspired by the charisma of Msgr. Luigi Giussani, founder of Communion and Liberation. The New Republic has been and is still the journal of intelligent liberalism in the United States. As editor, Peter was, in a certain way, the voice of American progressive thinking. After we returned to the United States, I asked Peter to write down his impressions of the Meeting so we could publish it in Traces. He agreed, and wrote a piece in which he concluded that such an event was not possible in the United States because of the cultural clashes taking place in our country.
Happy 70th Birthday, Reverend Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete!!!
Know of our love, affection and prayers for you.
Thanks for your friendship and companionship.