United in His Name
"Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them" (Mt. 18:20). These words from the Gospel of Matthew, written almost two thousand years ago, have rarely been mentioned after the patristic era. In United in His Name, a spiritual-dogmatic study, Povilus explores this central element of Matthew's gospel examining the new intuitions that have arisen from Chiara Lubich's charism of unity. "The greatest witness to the existence of God that we can give the world," Chiara says, "is that of living in such a way as to have his presence in our midst... It is a return to the spirit of the early Christians."
"Povilus bids us to follow her, and even join her, as she explores the dynamic possibility of a life lived with Jesus present in our midst ... Here is the pivotal point of the spirituality that characterizes the Focolare Movement: Jesus in our midst; the presence of God that is continuous, warm, silent, fruitful, luminous; as way of life that judges all in terms of love and unity.”
Bishop Robert F. Morneau
Auxiliary Bishop of Green Bay
From his Preface
About the Author
Chiara Lubich has been described as the most influential Christian woman alive today. A Templeton Prize winner and recipient of the UNESCO Peace Education prize, she is the founder of the worldwide Focolare Movement. She is a leading figure in world ecumenism and a source of inspiration for millions. Her collaboration on a vast array of issues has been frequently sought by popes, ecumenical leaders and politicians.
Judith Povilus was born in Chicago and has received a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Lateran University. The author of numerous articles on theology, she currently lives near Rome, Italy, where she is part of the Abba School, an inter-disciplinary study group of the Focolare.
|Publication Date||Sep 30, 1992|