Guatemala Meets Italy!

Last weekend, Katie and I went to the wedding of a friend of mine from college, named Carlos, who married Eveline.

Carlos is from Guatemala and is finishing up his Ph.D. in computer science from Texas A&M; Eveline is from Italy and is a pediatric oncologist.

What a fun wedding! It had the relaxed exuberance of both cultures, and at any given time during the reception, the guests didn’t know what was going to come next.

For example, a good Italian friend of Eveline, named Paolo, had a slideshow of pictures of Eveline that he hilariously narrated by telling the story of how all of Eveline’s friends had been trying to find a way to marry her off. I thought for sure that Paolo was Eveline’s brother, but no, he is just her friend.

It turns out that Carlos and Eveline met through a get together of the ecclesial movement they are both in: Communion and Liberation. What a fun and beautiful movement within the Church!

Communion and Liberation is an ecclesial movement whose purpose is the education to Christian maturity of its adherents and collaboration in the mission of the Church in all the spheres of contemporary life.

It began in Italy in 1954 when Fr Luigi Giussani established a Christian presence in Berchet high school in Milan with a group called Gioventù Studentesca (Student Youth), GS for short. The current name of the movement, Communion and Liberation (CL), appeared for the first time in 1969. It synthesizes the conviction that the Christian event, lived in communion, is the foundation of the authentic liberation of man. Communion and Liberation is today present in about seventy countries throughout the world.

There is no type of membership card, but only the free participation of persons. The basic instrument for the formation of adherents is weekly catechesis, called “School of Community.”

(Katie and I are in another eccesial movement, called Regnum Christi.) The beauty of CL was really shown in the love that everyone at the wedding, especially Carlos and Eveline, expressed to one another. You could really see the friendship between them and Paolo and all of their friends, many of whom are in CL.

Gerardo and Roxanna also went, as did our great friend, Robert, so it was a truly joyous event.