This weeks programme is available on podcast HERE.
Grégoire Murphy came on the programme to introduce us and our listeners to the Focolare movement. Focolare was founded by Chiara Lubich in Trent, Northern Italy in 1944. During the Second World War, Chiara and a group of her friends, would read the Gospel together as they took refuge in the air-raid shelter each night and started to put the Gospel into action in their lives. The word Focolare means 'hearth' and those involved in the movement came to be known as focolarini, 'people of fire'. This nickname is appropriate because "there, even in the midst of the appalling destruction of the war, there was a joy, a light" (Susan Gately, God's Surprise). In living the Gospel, especially the call of John 17:21 "Father, may they all be one", the Focolare movement involves a strong inter-faith dimension and follows a communitarian spirituality which places a "deep emphasis on the communitarian dimension of Christian life" (See HERE). You will find more about Chiara HERE and the history of the Focolare movement HERE.
|John Keily (Back Row) with |
Ann Keily, Lorraine Buckley and Grégoire Murphy (Front Row)
Grégoire shares how the Focolare movement caters for all age groups within his family. They meet once a month for Mass followed by a picnic lunch and then the family splits up into different peer groups to receive input and share on a particular theme.
The Cube of Love
Grégoire also spoke about how Focolare helps the family to live the Gospel in a very practical way using the Cube of Love. The Cube of Love is a dice with various messages (e.g. Be the First to Love) written on each side to help children to practice the art of loving. Rolling the dice in the morning, the children receive a Gospel message to live by during that day. In the evening, the children share how they lived that Gospel message during the day.
Grégoire spoke about how the Focolare movement helps his family to respond to the opportunities and the challenges of the Gospel. To hear Grégoire's interview, please click HERE.
On next week's programme we will be speaking with Paula Murphy and her family and also with the Tracey and Gorham families to hear how Focolare supports their family's living out of the Gospel.
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Gospel - Luke 9:18-24
Reflections on this weeks gospel:
Centre for Liturgy
Word on Fire
Liturgical Odds & Ends
Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter Week 4, 12th Week of Ordinary time
Saints of the Week
June 24th - The Nativity of St. John the Baptist
June 27th - St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
June 28th - St. Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr
June 29th - St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostles