Chapter after chapter unfold a great love story, increasingly far-reaching. The result will be an invitation to us to respond also to the cry that bursts from within the God-Man and rises up globally from humankind. A cry that invokes love.
How could the Son of God feel forsaken, abandoned by the Father? How could the Father abandon the Son? This is the mystery that Chiara Lubich encountered at the age of twenty-four on January 24, 1944. Her discovery was disarming: “If at that moment he suffered the most, it means that at that moment he loved the most. Let’s make him the Ideal of our lives! Let’s go look for him and ‘console’ him wherever he is suffering — in any suffering.”
A great love story unfolds chapter after chapter, reaching from ancient Jerusalem to your front door. The result is a personal invitation to respond, as Christians have done for two thousand years, to the cry that bursts from within the God-Man and rises up from all humankind, a cry that invokes love.
"The selection of texts and introductions throughout are a superb guide to understanding more deeply the Person Chiara described as the key to unity, Jesus Crucified and Forsaken. I will be returning to this valuable resource for my meditation again and again.”
Bishop Brendan Leahy,
Diocese of Limerick, Ireland
"In God’s ever surprising providence, it was the destiny of an Italian girl, Chiara Lubich, to discover a summit of the Gospel in the cry of Jesus, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” This fascinatingly written volume is an invitation to trace the resultant drama in the life of Chiara Lubich, as well as among her followers in the Focolare Movement, the Church, the Great Religions and in humanity.”
Fr. Tom Norris,
Author of A Fractured Relationship
About the Author
Chiara Lubich (1920-2008) was founder of the Focolare Movement (The Work of Mary). In the course of her life, she saw the spirituality of the Focolare – the spirituality of unity – grow around the world. She was awarded 15 honorary doctoral degrees, numerous civic awards, the Templeton Prize for Progress of Religion, and the UNESCO Peace Prize. She has published more than 50 books in 29 languages.
Hubertus Blaumeiser (1954), a Catholic priest, has worked closely with Chiara Lubich from 1995 to 2008. He represents the fields of ecclesiology and pastoral theology in the interdisciplinary studies center of the Focolare known as the "Abba School." He is director of the magazine Gen’s, a theological journal that treats current ecclesial and social issues. He is a member of the editorial board for the magazine New Humanity and Claritas Journal of Dialogue and Culture. From 2007 to 2014 he was head of the International Center of the Focolare diocesan priests. He received his doctorate in dogmatic theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome) and taught there from 1993 to 2008.
|Publication Date||Oct 23, 2016|