Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fr Giussani - How can one live? ala What makes you come alive?

Fr. Luigi Giussani - Link here to Communion and Liberation
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The meditation below is from The Magnificat originating from an editorial appearing in Traces magazine.  There were a number of stimulating thoughts for reflection with one being right at the start:

How can one live? - another way of asking the question I use in Spiritual Direction: What makes you Come Alive?

How can one live?

Fr. Luigi Giussani’s words rang out: 
“The great problem of today’s world is no longer an inquiring theorization, but an existential question. Not, ‘Who is right?’ but, ‘How can one live?’ Today’s world has been reduced to the level of evangelical poverty. In Jesus’ time, the problem was how to live, not who was right; this was the problem of the scribes and Pharisees.”
These words... seem to summarize the malaise we experience here and now, in a situation twisted in on itself like a screw, in which the problem of “who is right” has been carried to the extreme, to the idea that the other is an objection to eliminate rather than a good to take into consideration. 

We see it in the way we often face politics, work, family, and relationships, as if the decisive point were theories, ideas, some solution that can “settle” our problems, and not the drama of living that we bear within and that makes such problems useful, even precious, in some way, notwithstanding the difficulty, because, as Fr. Giussani reminded us, 
“in the face of questions, problems, and difficulties, that which man loves comes to the surface.”
The stronger the malaise and the harder and deeper the problems, the greater is our need to strip them of the intellectualism, the chatter, and the superficiality, down to the necessary basics: “evangelical poverty” and the question of how one can live, what use faith is in all this.

This is a question that we have already asked ourselves many times. Deep down, it is always the same question, but none is more decisive for life and faith, because a faith that does not help us live is useless. Seen another way, faith is confirmed and made indispensable for us when we see that it responds to 
“that which characterizes the human person today: doubt about existence, fear of living, fragility, lack of substance in ourselves....”
The greatest obstacle is often our resistance to facing it, as if we have within a strange resistance to asking, to opening wide the question of fulfillment that underlies our “toil in living.” Instead, when the event of Christ happens, one of the effects is that it makes us realize the importance of our need, the importance of what we are.

This is precisely what has been happening... because of the new Pope’s increasingly decisive steps, which often call us to go to the root of our “deepest need,” as these steps will be met on their path by “the only Saviour of the entire human person and of all people”–Christ.

Link to the booklet: Exercises of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation - "Who will separate us from the Love of Christ?"

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