Since 1983

From 1975 – 1980 the Ecumenical Community founded by Pierre Goursat became more influential. This Community continues to link the Charismatic Movement with the traditional French spirituality (devotion to the Sacred Heart, in the line of Marguerite-Marie Alacoque and of the visitation). In Paray-le-Monial the Charismatic Movement and the Emmanuel Community encountered one another mainly during the Summer Sessions organized by the Emmanuel Community of Paris. The accent is now the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the sacrament of Confession, and the theological formation. The inspiration of FIAT could be recognized in the alliance of the traditional French spirituality and the Renewal in the Spirit; and at the same time, the founders stressed the role of Mary more along the lines of the spirituality of Saint Louis Grignion de Montfort.

This is the ground on which the FIAT spirituality has been developed: an attitude of openness towards the workings of the Spirit (the virtue of religion): an attitude of openness towards the call of the Spirit, and saying together with Mary “FIAT…. Thy will be done.” That is openness towards the work of the Spirit, who always takes the imitative and who is the soul of all apostolate.