Called to be community


Called to be community

A guide to living a spirituality of communion
Page Count
86 pages
    About the book

    Jesus’ new commandment of reciprocal love is the focal point of a spirituality of communion, which invites people to have mutual and constant love as their priority before anything else.

    This guide to living a spirituality of communion is best used in small groups of 10 – 15 people who meet once or twice a month in a home or parish setting. It covers 12 points of a spirituality of communion that aids the participants in integrating the Gospel into their daily lives and forming the kind of “living parish communities” that were envisioned by the Second Vatican Council.

    The Church has set out on a renewed endeavor to fulfill the mandate of Jesus to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Within the present day context, new 'methods' must be sought to effectively communicate the beauty of the life of the Gospel. This program, Called to Be Community, offers a concrete model of evangelization emanating from a proven spirituality of communion. It aims to bring people together for renewal in the word of God and to lay claim to the communal dimension of Christian life. The title 'missionary disciples' cited by Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium expresses a concrete consequence of this present program. I have experienced the program myself and highly recommend it to dioceses, parishes and other reflection groups that want to discover what it means to be Church — missionary disciples.

    Bishop Michael Mulvey
    Bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas

    I was impressed with both the content and the format. This guide could certainly be a valid and useful instrument for catechetical formation of adults. It is well organized and well presented in a way that is accessible to people. The material effectively re-enforces the importance of putting the Gospel into practice and sharing the related experiences

    Anthony J. Cernera
    President of the Center for Interreligious Understanding in Tenafly, New Jersey and former president of the International Federation of Catholic Universities

    This guide really encourages one to look at the reality of communion. I really love the personal stories and the reflections

    Fr. Edison Tayag
    Pastor, Saint Charles Borromeo / Holy Name of Jesus, Rochester, New York

    I see great potential in this program... because it has simplicity and clarity. I feel it could awaken the faith in someone within whom it may be dormant and not being put into practice. It is good that the experiences shared are not necessarily dramatic and huge, but rather, rooted in the ordinary everyday things. This in itself could be an ‘eye opener’ for our parishioners

    Fr. Brendan A. Fitzgerald
    Pastor, Regina Coeli, Hyde Park, New York

    About the author

    Christy, Emilie, Assistant Managing Editor of Living City, former health care administrator 

    Ess, Fr. Tom, OFM, Friar Minor at St. Peter’s Church, Chicago; member of the Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart, co-editor of Gospel in Action: A New Evangelization Day by Day.

    Gunn, Terry (1947–2010), focolarino from New Zealand, former Focolare co-director for the U.S. East Coast, worked on the initial idea for Called to be Community.

    Zanzucchi, Clare, director of the Focolare’s central archive, consultant and former Editor-in-Chief of Living City.