Focolare in Ireland have recently put together a CD entitled “In Every Moment.” In this podcast we hear from Susan Gately one of the authors of the CD about the inspiration behind the music.



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The Focolare Movement is an ecclesial movement born in the heart of the Catholic Church. It began in 1943, in Trent, Northern Italy, during World War II.

Amidst all the bombings and destruction, a group of young women, with 23 year old Chiara Lubich, made the great discovery that GOD IS LOVE, an experience that radically changed their lives. They lived as persons whose actions and thoughts were based on the Gospel.

“May they all be one, as you, Father and I are one, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:21)

The last words and Testament of Jesus particularly struck their attention and became the program of their lives. Chiara and her friends understood that Jesus had died on the cross to bring this unity. The spirituality that developed was to be a collective spirituality, a way to go to God together.

Focolare means “Hearth”, “family fireside” in Italian.

The Focolare proposes the Gospel law ‘Love one another’ as the basis for relationships among people. It is a way of life that can pave the way for a society where there is more unity, and differences become possibilities of mutual enrichment. The Movement tries to achieve this through dialogue at various levels that goes beyond ethnic and religious differences, through a new way of practising economy, and by establishing centres of spirituality which offer an experience of unity.

Specialised movements have also emerged within the Focolare – New Humanity, New Families, Young People for a United World and Young for Unity, which have, as a common goal, the renewal of their segment of society. The New Humanity Movement is an approved Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) at the United Nations.

The Focolare is present in 182 nations in the six continents. It numbers 120,000 core members and some five million people who in various ways adhere to its proposal to work for unity among people in the world.

Focolare in Ireland

The Focolare Movement arrived in Ireland in 1971 and now has nearly 500 people committed to its ideal of unity. Another 5,000 people from all around the country share in Focolare’s spirituality through the “Word of Life”, a commentary for bringing the Gospel into everyday life.

Members can be found in Dublin, Kildare, Meath, Cavan, Kilkenny, Limerick, Galway, Cork, Belfast and many other places. They include young people, families, priests, sisters, members of different churches and non-believers. The Focolare Movement wishes to contribute to the unity of people, groups, and peoples. It sees the world as one family, in a communion of diversities. A united world is not an impossible dream, but rather the goal of history, and at the same time, its driving force. It is the highest aspiration of every man and woman, irrespective of religion or ideology.