by Luigino Bruni
published in Avvenire on 20/07/2014
‘It is me. It is me, your brother Joseph.’
‘But of course it's him!’, shouted Benjamin, almost suffocating from joy and rushed forward, up the steps to the upside, where he fell on his knees and clasped the knees of the Newly Found One vehemently.
‘Yashub, Joseph-el, Jehosiph’, he sobbed looking at him, raising his head. It is you, it is you, of course it is you. You are not dead.’
(Thomas Mann, Joseph and His Brothers).
To follow the development and fulfilment of a vocation is one of the most amazing human experiences. It is a precious gift especially in times of famine of “voices” and dreams, when we long for gratuitousness, and feel nostalgic for those stories of pure charis that only those who receive a vocation can live and make us live through it.
by Alberto Ferrucci
from "Economia di Comunione - una cultura nuova" n.39 - editorial insert in Città Nuova n.13/14 - 2014 - July 2014
The Economy of Communion has just turned 23 years old, so even though it is young, it can be called adult now, and able to make a public appearance to give the world the gift of God for the third millennium that has been entrusted to it; although it remains one of the expressions of the charisma of unity of the Focolare Movement, to be able to enter into dialogue with the world, the Economy of Communion must now stand on its own feet.
The stepping out into public life is easily noticed in this newsletter: not only because of the international schools for young and old entrepreneurs that are announced or because of the internationality of the theses of which it spreads the news and not only because of the experiences of its entrepreneurs shared at conferences in various parts the world.
published on anpecom.com.br
Thinking of the Economy of Communion in Brazil we cannot help associating it with his first entrepreneurial centre, the Polo Spartaco. . And you cannot talk about this pole without mentioning João Carlos Pompermayer. He passed away on 2nd July in Bento Gonçalves-RS, where he lived.
What imprint has he left after more than 20 years of dedicated work in the enterprise of the birth and development of the Polo? Let's pass the word to those who had a greater share in this adventure with him. Their testimony is intended primarily as an expression of gratitude to all those who believe and live for an Economy of Communion.
by Luigino Bruni
published in Avvenire on 13/07/2014
"Accept my offer. Take me instead of him to be your servant: ... I want atonement, atonement for all. Here, before you, strange man, I take the frightful oath we brothers swore - with both hands I take that oath and break it in two across my knee. Our eleventh brother, the father's ewe lamb, first son of the true wife, him the beast did not rend; but we, his brothers sold him into the world" (Thomas Mann, Joseph and his brothers; English translation: Helen Tracy Lowe-Porter).
For the healing of the deep wounds of the primary relationships of our lives (brotherhood), there is a vital need of time. We never really get reconciled if we do not let the pain/love penetrate to the core of the wounded relationship, to be absorbed there and to slowly heal it. But what is most needed are the actions as they communicate in the language of behaviour that we want, really, to start over.
by Luigino Bruni
published inAvvenire on 10/07/2014
“Parallel with the intensification of the economic crisis, a greater spread of the phenomenon of usury was observed, evidenced by reports of the doubling of suspicious transactions in 2013 over the previous year.” There are documents like this one – just published by the Financial Information Unit of the Bank of Italy – that every responsible and mature citizen should read, meditate on, and then act accordingly. Usury is a typical disease of any monetary society, since it is the visible phenomenon of the power relations and the power that are hidden under the apparent neutrality of money. The existence of money has many benefits, but it also generates high costs that are growing in intensity and importance with the expansion of the area covered by money within society.