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This is the great attraction

of modern times:

to penetrate to the highest contemplation

while mingling with everyone,

one person alongside others.


I would say even more:

to lose oneself in the crowd

in order to fill it with the divine,

like a piece of bread

dipped in wine.


I would say even more:

made sharers in God’s plans

for humanity,

to embroider patterns of light on the crowd,

and at the same time to share with our neighbor

shame, hunger, troubles, brief joys.


Because the attraction

of our times, as of all times,

is the highest conceivable expression

of the human and the divine,

Jesus and Mary:

the Word of God, a carpenter’s son;

the Seat of Wisdom, a mother at home.


Chiara Lubich, Meditations, New City, London, 2005, p. 14-15



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