Restored by Love
Restored by Love was the theme of the Paradise in the City Festival organized by the Chemin Neuf Community in July 2016. The Festival hosted over 5000 young people from all over the world in Łódź, Poland, for World Youth Day. Thirty young people from different countries prepared the Festival throughout the year. These young people shared their path of transformation in Christ. Festival speakers (among them Cardinal Luis Antonio Taagle, Bishop Grzegorz Rys, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby) also shared why it is important to allow yourself to be restored by love and how to live after this experience.
One of the striking stories is that of Hanna Miley, Jewish by birth, whose past was closely linked to the city of Łódź during the Second World War. Her testimony shows how God’s mercy can heal and save our lives.
Small Group Sharing
We suggest that you keep a moment of silence after the film to remember the areas of your lives that have been healed. Then you are invited to share the following questions in small groups:
– What touched me or spoke to me in this film? What would I like to keep hold of?
– Have I already been healed by God’s love in my personal story? Do I sense the need for healing in an aspect of my life today?
– Where does healing in my life seem to be impossible from a human viewpoint?
Lord, we pray for all people who need healing in their lives. Help them to open their hearts, heal their lives and approach your love, so they can receive mercy.
We pray that all young people may discover how to live with you in their daily lives. Fill them lives with your presence.
Lord, give us a merciful heart for others and help us to embody the Beatitudes in our lives.
From the Word
My dear friends, let us love one another, since love is from God and everyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. This is the revelation of God’s love for us, that God sent his only son into the world that we might have love through him. Love consists in this: it is not we who loved God, but God loved us and sent his Son to expiate our sins. My dear friends, if God loved us so much, we too should love each other. No one has ever seen God, but as long as we love one another God remains in us and his love comes to its perfection in us.
1 John 4:7, 9-11
The laying of Stolperstein in Gemünd for Hanna’s family who perished in the Holocaust.
Holocaust survivor, Hanna Zack Miley, interviewed by Tina Schmidt from Fontis Verlag, the German publisher of her book, the story of a child separated from her parents, an escape on the Kindertransport, the journey to forgiveness and release from bitterness.
As a follow up to Hanna Miley’s book, A Garland for Ashes, this video slideshow gives a visual of many of the places mentioned.