|01-11-2010 - Traces, n. 10
So, this is precisely the question that comes from Cairo, where, a short time ago, another Meeting, child of the Rimini Meeting, was held. For two days, there were assemblies and exhibitions, a demonstration of earthly beauty as the basis for a dialogue, in an Islamic country. It was organized by Muslims, people who live their tradition deeply, but who were struck by a friendship with those who live Christianity deeply, making it flesh and blood–that is, culture. Merely thinking of it a few weeks ago you would have said it was impossible. Instead, it happened, and it was impressive–so impressive that it actually did seem inexplicable, even with all the goodwill and capacities of those who took part. It was so impressive as to make many people–or rather, everyone–ask: “What happened? Who made it possible?”
You just have to keep this question open, before the spectacle of people who take their desire for truth and happiness seriously, and meet others with the same desire. Use it as a magnifying glass to focus on the following pages, and the others that will follow, and are already on the way, because, amongst the unmistakeable traces of the Mystery, there is another, impossible to man: what He gives life to, lasts. It happens–perhaps in unexpected ways (or, rather, almost always in unexpected ways), but it happens. “Christian faith, my friends, starts off from facts and so we can give reason for facts, not a generic ‘Let’s hope!’,” said Julián Carrón some time ago. “Faith starts off from a fact that generates a hope, and this hope is full of reasons because of the Fact that has happened.” A fact. You just have to follow it, where and how it happens–even in Cairo.