A Charism in History as a View from the Center

  • Piero Coda Sophia University Institute


The author presents an “interpretative key” to understand the charism of Chiara Lubich. Like all charisms, it gives light into the revelation of the Word in flesh in ways that guide and enrich all humanity. Chiara’s charism, the author argues, is one that provides a convergent guide that safeguards all cultures for the mutual enrichment of humankind. Since we live in a bewildered, wounded, and fluid world today, Chiara’s charism, that is light coming from the darkness of World War II, has its center in the hidden wound on Christ’s soul when he cried, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” The author points out that this is not a center to look at, but one to look from at the world in order to help all persons find themselves in mutual relatedness—each as gift for the others in the pattern of the Trinity.