I am delighted to be able to place in you hand Love One Another magazine, published in 12 languages, by the Society of Christ Missionary Fathers.
This magazine has been one of the most popular Christian magazines in Poland as well as countries abroad. It is aimed at readers of all ages, who wish to think, ponder the mining of life, seek the truth and faith in Jesus Christ.
Founded by Fr. Tadeusz Myszczyński S.Chr. Love One Another magazine owes its rise to the Crusade for Love, which the then Promate of Poland, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, lunched in 1967.
Fascinated by this initiative, Fr. Myszczyński sought to teach his flock how to live the greatest of the commandments as taught us by Jesus: “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12). In 1975, he lunched the first issue of LOA. Since then, the magazine has enjoyed phenomenal growth and success. Now is published in 12 languages and distributed all over the world in Europe, Africa, North and South America, Asia.
The response from the readers has been gratifying. Every day, letters, personal testimonies, and other clear signs of spiritual and physical cures come pouring into the editor’s office. Thanks to the magazine, many readers have committed their lives to Jesus. Many have experienced healings from various addictions.
In 1999, the Society launched a Russian-language edition of its magazine entitled Lyubite Drug Druga. Because of the difficult economic situation existing in the territories of the former Soviet Union, Lyubite Drug Druga is distributed free of charge. Letters to the editor detailing personal conversions and a return to God and the Faith abound. “Lyubite Drug Druga is a light in the darkness” writes Lena, a schoolteacher in Kazakhstan. “It is read by the young and elderly, believers and non-believers, Muslims and Christians alike. Everyone tells me it is a wonderful magazine filled with heart-stirring articles”. We have received a letter from a Moslem student in Kazakhstan, who informs us that the magazine played a significant role in her decision to seek reception into the Catholic Church. She is presently undergoing instruction in the faith in preparation for baptism.
Bishop Leon Dubravsky of Kamenets-Podolsky, Ukraine, writes: “It is an ideal tool of evangelization (…) In my diocese in Ukraine, the Russian-language edition is of great importance in advancing the spiritual formation of our society, influencing the consciences, hearts, and ideological outlook of many. We use it as a prayer book as well as a religious knowledge resource. Its articles give us hope and strength in difficult situations. They point out and warn against dangers, and teach the people how to love God and their neighbor. Many thanks for your missionary activity. We look forward to reading future issues in the hope that they will introduce people to the Good News of Love. May the magazine become a landmark of the Universal Church in the East.”
“You have no idea — writes a joyful young reader — how many people you have brought back to God. Reading your testimonies and wonderful articles, one feels that God is using your magazine to bring sinners to the real fountain of His graces”.
Dear readers, it is also our wish to share our dearest treasure, our faith in Jesus Christ, with our brothers and sisters in Australia, New Zealand and throughout the world. For this reason, we have decided to launch Love One Another Magazine.
We know that you have something to share with others. We therefore invite you to send us letters expressing your wishes and suggestions. Tell us about your experiences and your faith. Feel free, in other words, to become involved in the production of future issues of this magazine.
Love of God and our fellow human beings lies at the very heart of the Gospel, the teachings of Jesus Christ and His Church. That is why, in addition to its contents, the back of each issue of Love One Another highlights the principles of loving one’s neighbor. We invite every reader to read us, reflect a little, pray for mutual love between people, and then to pass this magazine on to others.
Fr. Mieczysław Piotrowski, S.Chr.
(Editor in chief)