How could the Son of God feel forsaken, abandoned by the Father? How could the Father abandon the Son? This is the mystery that Chiara Lubich encountered at the age of twenty-four on January 24, 1944. Her discovery was disarming: “If at that moment he suffered the most, it means that at that moment he loved the most. Let’s make him the Ideal of our lives! Let’s go look for him and ‘console’ him wherever he is suffering – in any suffering.”
Hubertus Blaumeiser has worked closely with Chiara Lubich from 1995 to 2008. He represents the fields of ecclesiology and pastoral theology in the interdisciplinary studies centre of the Focolare known as the Abba School. He received his doctorate in dogmatic theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome) and taught there from 1993 to 2008.