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In the extract set out below from Chiara Lubich’s article ‘’A Little Harmless Manifesto’’ (1950), she offered a marvelous summary of what happened at the beginning of the Movement, about Light, Peace, Joy and the abundant Life that flows from embracing Jesus Forsaken.
We knew Christ Crucified and nothing else.
To be crucified with him by the divine will and especially with Him crucified in our neighbors was the most beautiful expression of our love for the Father. “So that the world may believe…’’ (Jn 20: 21).
We fixed our gaze on him and realized that the great saints filled their souls with God by loving the cross. We wanted to do the same. We had only one life, and a brief one at that, so we wanted to spend it in the best possible way.