Deep Living that Opens Itself Up to the World

7th EoC School in Spain

Deep Living that Opens Itself Up to the World

By Ernesto Cubero


From May 15-16, 2010, the 7th Formational Meeting of the EoC in Spain took place in Madrid. Two aspects in particular made this meeting different than previous ones: the manifestation of the depth of the lives of those who support the EoC in Spain and the openness to other realities of ecclesial and social life.

Among the 50 participants in the meeting, numerous were those  belonging to other movements and communities who wanted to to know more about the Economy of Communion up close. During the meeting, these showed their appreciation for the EoC and their desire to deepen these relationships in the future.

The first part of the meeting included a powerful, radical presentation about the Art of Loving. "Love for one´s enemy and its practical application in economic life" was the theme, enriched by various experiences and by dialogue with those present.  Then, there were updates about EoC activities that took place over the last year in the different zones in Spain, as well as the announcement of the upcoming event in Brazil, in 2011, for the 20th anniversary of the EoC.


In the second part of the meeting, according to a practice which has by now become a custom, the Association for an Economy of Communion in Spain gave a presentation on the Social Doctrine of the Church. This year´s topic was Benedict XVI´s encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, and its relationship with the EoC. Finally, in a round table, EoC entrepreneurs shared how they are facing the economic crisis which has strongly involved Spain. Contributions made during the dialogue that followed these presentations, especially by those participating for the first time, showed growing interest in the EoC outside of the Focolare Movement. 


Finally, participants were divided into two groups. While members of the Spanish EoC Association participated in their annual assembly, renewing their posts, others had the chance to watch the DVD, "Economy and Communion Meet" and to find out about the developments and possibilities offered by the EoC´s official website, Right away, new contacts were added to the site. 

There was even an artistic moment during the two-day school: in various moments, participants enjoyed the excellent exposition of various piano pieces.

During the conclusions, what emerged was the fact that the EoC novelty and its huge actuality have risen great interest in those of good will who operate in the economic world. A few comments from participants:  


"A new economy at the service of humanity and of the most needy is possible. It is right to fight with all one´s strength and all one´s heart to remove this social injustice from the Earth that make many of our brothers suffer...", "It is our first meeting with you. We are truly impressed by the light we have received. We found a strong beacon of light", "I want to join this project without hesitation". And as a concrete response, some of the EoC entrepreneurs present for the first time asked to join the national EoC association. 

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