The Pope also clearly identified the method: going back to the essential. Going “towards the outskirts of existence,” he writes, “requires a shared commitment […] which brings us back to the essential and which is solidly focused on the essential; that is, on Jesus Christ. To get diverted by many secondary or superfluous things does not help; what helps is to focus on the fundamental reality, which is the encounter with Christ, with His mercy and with His love, and to love our brothers and sisters as He has loved us.” This “urges us to take new paths with courage without becoming fossils! We might ask ourselves: what is the pastoral plan of our dioceses or parishes like? Does it make the essential visible, namely Jesus Christ?”
In the letter after the audience, I wrote: “I ask you to embrace Pope Francis’ question as directed at us–particularly at us, who were born only for this, as all of Fr. Giussani’s life witnesses. Does each of us, each community of our Movement, ‘make visible the essential, that is, Jesus Christ’?”
In the face of the historical circumstances through which the Mystery has challenged each of us, have we made visible the essential, or have we been diverted by many secondary and superfluous things? Pope Francis quoted in the Spiritual Exercises of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, Fr. Julián Carrón
How can I know if I've made the essential visible? Having read ahead, I know that Carrón is going to get to that question and answer it, but right now I only want to meditate on these particular words. What is the most valuable, the most precious, the most fascinating thing in my life? Christ's presence or something else? Let us all love what is most essential. Help me, today, only to want and to adore You.