Friday, March 30, 2007

Letter by Fr. Julián Carrón to Movement members after the Audience

Here is the *.pdf file.

I invite you to look at the way the Pope was amongst us, and to take up again
and again what he told us – paying attention to how he said it. I want to stress three
1) a recognition of the personal origin of the charism – “Through him the
Holy Spirit aroused in the Church a movement, yours, that would witness the beauty of
being Christians in an epoch in which the opinion was spreading that Christianity was
something tiresome and oppressive to live.” This happened first to Fr. Giussani, wounded
by the desire for Beauty, and his experience became a method: “To re-propose the
Christian event in a fascinating way”;
2) a confirmation of the permanence of the charism in the experience of the
Movement. “The event that changed the life of the Founder also ‘wounded’ the lives of
a great many of his spiritual children.” This is why Communion and Liberation “a communitarian
experience of faith, originated from a renewed encounter with Christ …, of
fers itself today, as an opportunity to live the Christian faith in a profound and up-todate
way.” The continuity is witnessed by the change brought about in us by the same
event that changed Fr. Giussani.
3) a re-launching of the mission: “‘Go out into the whole world to bring the
truth, the beauty and the peace that are met in the encounter with Christ the Redeemer.’…
Today I invite you to continue on this path.” The Holy Father gave us a precious indication
of method for carrying out this task: it will be possible only “with a deep, personalized
faith, solidly rooted in the living Body of Christ, the Church which guarantees
Jesus’ presence with us in this moment.” It is an invitation to continue the educative journey
that may win for us such a deep, personalized faith, in “total fidelity and communion
with the Successor of Peter and with the Pastors,” and enable us to be present in reality
“with a spontaneity and a freedom that permit new and prophetic apostolic and missionary
endeavors.” This is how we shall be able to collaborate with our charism, along
with our Pastors, “to make present the Mystery and the salvific work of Christ in the

Apologies for the formatting problems; I couldn't copy well from the file.