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Short Reflections on Loving the People Around Us
by Chiara Lubich
Chiara Lubich is well known in Catholic circles as she was president of the Catholic lay movement Focolare. She passed away in 2008 but her works still speak loudly and deserve a wide audience beyond the Catholic Church. This small book is a collection of short insights she offered over time to do with neighbours and neighbourliness. They are gentle and at times have an air of the mystic to them even though at the same time they are utterly down to earth, "Only God can form His image in someone. We can only ruin Him."
These reflections would suit a wide range of situations and would be perfect for a devotional time but could also be used as a basis for communal prayers or intentions within a wide setting of groups and organisations. Some of them, like the consideration on page 68 on 'Today's Poor', could indeed also make very good discussion starters for groups. A lovely little book for anyone looking to reflect on the issue of neighbours.
Reviewer: Melanie Carroll (14/02/13)