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Carlo Maria Martini knew well the risk of the word charity: "Not many people immediately think of some act of human compassion, or of taking something out of their wallet, or of gestures and attitudes that are not very effective in truly changing history." But this is not the testimony of Christians, men and women who have stopped thinking about themselves because they have experienced the power of God's love.

FARSI PROSSIMO, the sixth volume of the Opera Omnia of Carlo Maria Martini, is available in bookstores from November. It collects the speeches and documents on the theme of charity and proximity, one of the cornerstones of Martini's episcopate. With a Preface by Card. Luis Antonio Tagle and an Introduction by Father Giacomo Costa, the volume is edited by Paolo Foglizzo.
In this 1997 interview, Martini explains the foundation that inspired the path of Farsi Prossimo: "Charity is not something we construct ourselves... it is something that starts from God, it is the free love with which God loves us. Because we are loved, we feel loved, we can love."
That is why the first care is to put every Christian in touch with the Word of God. When a community is nourished in this way it can then care for others. Not out of pure altruism but because this responds to the intimate movement that the Holy Spirit has placed in the hearts of men. 
Making ourselves close - Bompiani  "Farsi Prossimo" by Carlo Maria Martini

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