For Chiara Lubich (1920-2008) current affairs were the best way to read the signs of the times, of being open to eternity and attentive to every one who in a large or small way was involved in the events of human history.
From among her numerous interviews and articles published by Citta Nuova magazine from the year of its founding in 1956 to 2005 when she gave her last article, Thirty have been gathered in this book that highlight the original intuition that never left her: Following currrent events means to discover the hand of God in human history.
This book provides a method of interpreting current news and events in order to give our own contribution to society as she had done.
In the preface to the book director of Citta Nuova, Michele Zanzucchi writes:
“Chiara Lubich harboured such attention and respect for the truth that she could not tolerate anything that might obscure it or misrepresent reality. This is how she read the “signs of the times” (a term that she dearly loved) by giving free reign to her prophetic spirit in order to discover teachings for the present times. It wasn’t by chance that in her writings she often used words such as “today”, “present” and “current events” […] Here was the supreme location for discovering God’s manifestation in human history. For example, one could read the articles she wrote following the attack on the Twin Towers to see how much her vision was prophetic and countercurrent. But she didn’t dismiss the past, nor the lessons of history. She gathered within herself the profound depths of the entire human story when she spoke about the present: the historical heritage of human thought, and the joyful or tragic events that afflicted humanity. These were essential for her to be able to well understand the novum that was being manifested and, as a consequence, also the novelty brought by the charism that was entrusted to her by the Holy Spirit. Moreover her vision never lost sight of love for the human person […] She never wrote not only to comment on current events, but to improve social coexistence. She did it, as she said, to help build “a more united world”.