Some­thing real

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - LETTERS -

Our so­ci­ety is fast be­com­ing one of vir­tual re­al­ity. We see pho­tographs that are not real but made up to present a more pleas­ant pic­ture. We chat with per­sons on so­cial me­dia whom we have never met, and cre­ate ar­ti­fi­cial re­la­tion­ships. At home, we watch films on TV that present life sto­ries which are imag­i­nary and do not re­flect the true life of or­di­nary hu­man be­ings.

Yet, we all yearn for the real thing. We wish to build real re­la­tion­ships, have true friends on whom we can rely, and watch films that give us the true pic­ture of life.

The Mari­apoli/s is about the true life. When I first at­tended the Mari­apoli, sev­eral years ago, this was my in­ner­most feel­ing, I had found true friends. We were not per­fect, but we were try­ing our best to live in an au­then­tic way, to live for one another, to cre­ate unity which Je­sus had prayed for: "that all may be one" (Jn. 17, 11).

The Mari­apoli is an an­nual meet­ing or­gan­ised by the Fo­co­lare Move­ment. It orig­i­nated when Chiara Lu­bich, the founder of the Fo­co­lare Move­ment, went on hol­i­days with her friends in the Dolomites, in Italy. They were fol­lowed by sev­eral peo­ple and to­gether they lived this Chris­tian re­cip­ro­cal love, as a com­mu­nity.

Here in Malta, we too, live out a week­end break, where a var­ied com­mu­nity of peo­ple of all ages and back­grounds get to­gether and make this ex­pe­ri­ence of liv­ing for each other. The pro­gramme con­sists of re­flec­tions, work­shops, fes­tive mo­ments aimed at achiev­ing unity in di­ver­sity through re­cip­ro­cal love.

If you yearn for some­thing real, why not come and try this out?

The Mari­apoli is be­ing held from Fri­day evening, 3 Novem­ber to Sun­day af­ter­noon, 5 Novem­ber, at the Ramla Bay Re­sort Ho­tel, Marfa. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can be ob­tained from the Cen­tres of the Fo­co­lare Move­ment: Stel­laelise, Triq ilHuttaf, Kap­para SGN 4333, tel. 2138 5801, email; Vita Nuova, Triq Agius de Solda­nis, Sta Ven­era SVR 1191, tel. 2148 6112, email Anna Caru­ana Colombo

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