Workshop in Loppiano

Workshop on brotherhood and politics

Can brotherhood be achieved through politics?  Can a greater sense of public participation be an answer?

This is the question to which more than 600 young people (and beyond!) have tried to respond in an afternoon of dialogue and discussion in the workshop “Politics and brotherhood: crazy stuff?”

There were many topics discussed on stage: the constant search for common good in the reality of the local government; overcoming the barriers of hatred and indifference; the discovery of the value of hope, the identifying sign of our time; and the personal commitment to do one’s own part... The workshop culminated with a simulation that has involved us in immigration issues, the analysis of opportunities offered by immigration and the common search for a solution to existing limitations in resolving the said issues.


Workshop on choices

If we have only one choice, we are in trouble… if we have two choices, we would have a dilemma… if we have three or more, we have the flexibility, but it would be more difficult to choose. What is better, then: to have lots of choices or to have a few? This is how Pasquale Ionata opened the forum “A step here or there, a life full of choices”, opening the eyes of the participants on the paradox of choice.
There were more than 300 participants. After the key question, there was an exercise to see who were maximizers and satisfiers.  It was also discussed how choices are a form of power; at the same time, choices could confuse us, make us lose time and remain eternally searching for something better. Another topic was the happiness that the satisfiers have because they are content with what they have and what they are; tending to compare downwards, satisfiers increase their esteem and decrease their anxiety. Another highlight: seeing flowers and not the weeds, that is, being positive, helps in being content and happy.
Pasquale Ionata concluded saying that there are always many choices: to do or not to do, to be or not to be. But with serenity and non-pessimism, we can find the right choice.


Family: a united world starts here! How can we build it?

Through concrete experiences of couples engaged or married for two years or less, reflections were made on some themes: the difference between cohabitation and marriage; the importance of dialogue between couples, and with kids; the courage to start again and to forgive. There were testimonies which showed the difficulties and joys in saying that yes for eternity.

Attraverso esperienze concrete di fidanzati e giovani coppie sposate da più o meno anni, si è riflettuto su tematiche quali: la differenza  fra convivere e sposarsi;  importante è sempre il dialogo nella coppia, con i figli, il coraggio di ricominciare, di perdonare. Sono state testimonianze che hanno dimostrato le difficoltà e le gioie nel dire quel sì per sempre.