Jesus Forsaken: today's God
English translation, New City Press, New York 2016,
pp. 193, £9.95

Enrique Cambón
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«In the following pages, we retrace this path [of the progressive understanding of the abandonment of Jesus in Chiara Lubich] through letters of the “early days,” various little-known writings scattered in publications not easily accessible, meditations, journal notes, excerpts taken from talks directed to different audiences and from spiritual thoughts given during international conference calls.»

These are a few lines of the introduction in this book, small in dimension but constitutes a jewel of spirituality and thought. Not only for where the texts come from and the theological, cultural and social importance of a topic that is largely unpublished and not studied, but also for the way in which these texts are presented. They are presented with brief and clear comments, in such a way as to leave space to the writings and the genuine inspiration of Chiara, and at the same time – perhaps the most original value of the work carried out – for the way in which the quoted excerpts are organized and assembled.

Whoever would like to deepen the various exposed dimensions could refer to the essential bibliography at the end of the Italian book. However, already with these pages, we find ourselves facing a text that combines rigour and “orderliness” to the concise style and to the completeness of a handbook, but at the same time, we enjoy a text of meditation full of drive for real life.

It is a useful instrument for those who already live the spirituality and the charism of unity but also for those who simply want to get to know the determining importance of the abandonment lived out by Jesus on the cross, as a fundamental side of faith and the Christian proposal for humanity today and always.