The Cry of Jesus Crucified and Forsaken

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The Cry of Jesus Crucified and Forsaken

Finding Light in the Face of Darkness
foreword by
Cradinal Paul Poupard
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138 pages
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    About the book

    This cry of Jesus, the crucified God, awakens in Chiara Lubich a unique understanding and experience of his mystery. Jesus' abysmal suffering gives light and meaning to every human suffering and reveals the secret to uniting all people to God and to one another. Chiara retraces her spiritual journey that gives life to the Focolare Movement. She weaves together spirituality and theology, prayer and history, revealing a human-divine adventure that in her account becomes a song of joy and gratitude, "a love letter to Jesus forsaken."

    Through Christ crucified and forsaken, the open ‘window’ between God and man, as Chiara defines him, the Father is watching us, and we can return to contemplate him and to rejoice in his presence. ‘Father, may they all be one’ is the prayer of Christ but also the invocation with which Chiara closes this book and opens the dawn of the third millennium to hope. Whoever reads The Cry cannot but make this prayer their own, addressing their love letter to the crucified Lord.

    Cardinal Paul Poupard

    It is a joy to read the story of the Focolare Movement, as dramatically told here by its foundress, Chiara Lubich. Sanctity, revealed to us above all in Jesus forsaken, provides what is in the end the uniquely profound and realistic response to the complex problems of contemporary culture.

    David L. Schindler
    Dean, John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family

    About the author

    Chiara Lubich (1920-2008) was born in Italy. An internationally renowned religious leader and writer, she received the Templeton Prize for the Progress of Religion and the UNESCO Peace Prize. She published over thirty books in dozens of languages with more than one million copies sold. She founded and presided the Focolare Movement until her death on March 14 2008. Chiara and her gospel-based spirituality have inspired millions. The Focolare Movement stands at the forefront of ecumenical and interfaith dialogue.