by Gina Perkov
‘We shall live or die, but we’ll be together!’ A great applause followed the words of Augustin from Congo who chose these words to express his own gratitude for the possibility to be part of the EoC project. This is how the 5th meeting of entrepreneurs and leaders of the European EoC ended in Križevci, Croatia.
150 people from 23 countries were present; from Europe: Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldavia, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, and also Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal were represented, but there were participants even from Brazil, Argentina, the Democratic Republic of Congo and India.
by Luigino Bruni
published in Avvenire on 26/10/2014
...the mountains among themselves were fighting for the honor of being chosen as the spot for the revelation. One said: "Upon me shall the Shekinah of God rest, and mine shall be this glory," whereupon the other mountain replied: "Upon me shall the Shekinah rest, and mine shall be this glory." The mountain of Tabor said to the mountain of Hermon: "Upon me shall the Shekinah rest, mine shall be this glory..." (...) Mount Sinai was given the preference not for its humility alone, but also because upon it there had been no worshipping of idols; whereas the other mountains, owing to their height, had been employed as sanctuaries by the idolaters.
(Louis Ginzberg, The Legends of the Jews, Vol. III)
The first reform and social organization of the people of Israel originate from the advice of Jethro, Moses' father in law, a foreigner of a different faith. Between the escape from the idols of Egypt and the receiving of the gift of the Torah at Sinai, the Book of Exodus wished to include a picture of a good believer who is not idolatrous, and placed it at the heart of an event of crucial importance for the life of the people. It is a message of great openness and hope that reaches us today when believers in the God of life should unite and have a greater self-esteem, to free and protect ourselves from the thousands of idolatrous cults of our time.
by Gina Perkov
The over 150 participants come from 23 countries: apart from Europe, there are representatives coming from Brazil, Argentina, Congo and India, too! About forty young people from 7 countries also took part in the meeting – they were involved in the "exchange" project named “Together we grow: youth towards an inclusive economy” financed by the European Community: the project aims at an in-depth study of the EoC and will be running until Wednesday 22nd October.
The morning saw the introduction of the different groups first. We had a chance to listen to representatives of Portugal, Serbia, Germany, Austria, France and Belgium. The company cube was also presented and proposed: in a rather festive atmosphere where several languages are spoken, one can discover the joy of communion.
by Tommaso Reggiani
published in: Città Nuova on 15/10/2014
I had an appointment with him right on the day I arrived in Toulouse to get introduced to each other. The corridor was only half-light and I was searching for his office by reading all the name tags outside the doors. There comes a gentleman from behind, looking particular but not too reserved. He can see that I am lost completely, so he offers his hand and says, ‘You are Tommaso, aren't you? Welcome. My name is Jean Tirole,
perhaps you were looking for me.’ He says all this with a disarming humility.
To which I, the miniscule new scholar at my first workplace, completely aghast, reply to him, ‘Ah, I've heard about you already.’ He laughs and shoots back, ‘probably you heard some things about Tirole, but have you ever had coffee with Jean?’
by Luigino Bruni
published in Avvenire on 19/10/2014
The Lord said to Moses in Midian, ‘Go, return to Egypt’. (...) So Moses took his wife and his sons (...) (Aaron) went and met him on the mount of God, and (...) he asked him, ‘Who are they?’ Moses said: ‘They are the wife I married in Midian and my children.’ ‘And where are you taking them?,’ added Aaron. ‘To Egypt,’ he said. ‘We are saddened by the Jews who are in Egypt, and you will bring them too?’ So it was that Moses said to his wife, ‘Go home to your father’, and she took with her his two sons and left.
(from Rashi's Commentary to the Book of Exodus.)
On this earth, mixed in a sea of providence and goodness, there are also the enemies of the weak and the poor crossing the desert to the promised land. These enemies attack suddenly, sometimes for no reason. Many poor, yesterday and today, can be saved because someone is holding their hands up, praying, calling, crying with them, for them or in their place. And because there are those that stand beside the prophets and support them when they are exhausted by the length and hardness of the battle and their arms start to give in.
published in Focolare.org on 26/10/2014
«Last year I was fortunate to have partecipated in a workshop of the Economy of Communion in Loppiano. There my eyes were opened: up to that moment I was still in the process of deciding on “what shall I do”, without asking myself “who am I”. I understood that work is a vocation: I had, therefore, to find my vocation, that which would make me happy.
I was concluding my university studies in biomedical engineering. In October, 2013 I graduated from the Polytechnic University of Turin, after presenting my thesis at the Polytechnic University of Lausanne in Switzerland.
by Marta Pancheva
The dates of the 5th European meeting of entrepreneurs and leaders of the EoC are getting close. As is known, it will take place in Križevci, Croatia, from 16 to 20 October and it is an especially important event for those who are already engaged in a life and work according to the main principles of the EoC. At the same time it is an event that could become a good occasion to get to know the EoC from closer also for those who haven't had a chance to do so yet.