The ideal: Jesus forsaken

 
Igino Giordani narrates Chiara Lubich’s “discovery” of Jesus’ forsakenness as the peak of love. It would become a key point of the spirituality of unity. It was 24th January 1944.
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“One day the spiritual director asked Chiara: ‘When in his life did the Lord suffers the most?”

“I suppose in the Garden of Olives”.

“No. In my opinion he suffered the most on the cross when he cried out: ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ (Mt 27,46; Mk 15,34)”.

He left, and Chiara speaking with Dori (one of her students, and among the first to follow her, editor’s note) and later with the others, began to focus her love – and her studies – on that cry: on that moment of anguish in which Christ felt abandoned even by the Father, for whom he had become man.

“I am convinced that Jesus forsaken will be the ideal that will solve the world’s problems: it will spread to all corners of the earth.”

Year after year, this conviction would have been consolidated in all kinds of trials, thanks to which her ideal was taking root among humankind.

Thus, Jesus forsaken became Chiara’s love. And it became the love – the ideal, the goal, the norm – of the Work of Mary (or Focolare Movement, editor’s note).

One day she explained to us: “If when I am old and dying, the youth come to ask me to define in brief our ideal, I will reply with a feeble voice: Its Jesus forsaken!”.

Source: “It was a time of war…”, Chiara Lubich – Igino Giordani, Città Nuova Ed., Rome, 2007, pp. 122-123.

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  1. marilola

    … que’ maravilla el Hilo de ORO que Dios usa para conducirnos y
    adentrarnos profundamente en Su Vida, en Su Camino, en Su Verdad, y hasta me viene a veces decirme y … en Su mismo Paraiso. Como vale la pena darTe todo. Espero aprender algun dia a vivir “asi” sin lapsus de tiempo … Con Dios siempre es Ganancia el vivir aqui’ ahora y despues con El la eterna Felicidad del Paraiso y tierras nuevas …

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    • María Inés

      Marilola, soy de la generación a la cual Chiara nos dijo
      ‘Estoy convencida de que Jesús abandonado será el ideal que resolverá todos los problemas del mundo: él se difundirá hasta los últimos confines de la tierra”.’….. por una gracia inmensa del Amor de Dios he podido ver muy claramente, el hilo de oro en mi vida personal, familiar, comunitaria y en el compromiso con la justicia y armonía social en mi país, la fraternidad en Latinoamérica. Y juntos podemos vivir cómo lo decís.

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