Zenit publishes one of the last public addresses by its founder, Monsignor Luigi Giussani, the founder of the ecclesial movement Communion and Liberation. He died Tuesday at age 82.
I have told my friends many times about my late mother and her priest, Father Amedeo, in Desio. Through his presence in the confessional, more than through the youth center, he created a reality of hundreds of women, all from Catholic families and devoted to the parish, all Children of Mary. They would go to Mass at 5 o'clock every morning, and were always ready to help when the parish needed something. Everyone in the parish knew them.
That priest in his confessional had created a movement in the parish, and in the town. If there had been a hundred thousand instead of a hundred of them, even the Corriere della Sera would have written about them! Father Amedeo, the curate in my huge parish 60 years ago, guided so many young people to Christian maturity, who then went on to bring up so many sound Christian families, and they were always ready to help the parish priest when he needed it.
With this example, I wanted to stress the absolutely personal nature of the way in which Christ, present here and now in the reality of the Church, becomes expressive, persuasive, educationally effective and constructive; able to build up a people.
So, I believe the Pope introduced the term "movement" as an ecclesiological category fundamental for describing pastoral dynamics.
Thus the word "movement" is not a problem that touches me particularly because we constitute a movement recognized by the Church, but is rather something that indicates a permanent mode in the Church's history through which the faith becomes persuasive, educationally effective and constructive, and brings a change in life.