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Rimini, May 1, 2000
Union with God: a very modern challenge!
Chiara Lubich spoke about this at the World Congress of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, in Rimini, on 1st May 2000.
The Holy Spirit clearly indicated the path that is characteristic of the charism of unity: our neighbour, who is “almost a sacrament”.
By loving our brothers and sisters all day long, we find God, and by loving God we find our brothers and sisters.
We can be helped by Mary, the Mother who is all love...
In the charism, given to us by the Holy Spirit, the word that sums up the whole of the spirituality is “unity”, unity with God and unity with our sisters and brothers; and especially, as our characteristic path, unity with our brothers and sisters so as to reach unity with God. The Holy Spirit, in fact, gave us a way to unite ourselves with God that is fully according to the gospel. We seek him and find him through our neighbour, by loving our neighbour. This is the only thing that guarantees our union with God; only in this way can we discover him alive and present in our heart when we recollect ourselves with him. And this is an experience we all have, even the children, and from the start. We love ourneighbours one at a time, during the day, we try to be one with them and in the evening we find union with God in our hearts.