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Chiara Lubich sees the Church as a living reality, an event of communion, and she gives a stimulating answer to the question, ‘What is the Church?’ She responds that it is not a ‘what’ but a ‘who’ because the Church is Jesus in the midst of his people. And the task of the Church is to be, within humanity, a catalyst for unity.
In Chiara Lubich’s understanding, Mary is ‘the flower of humanity’ who through her ‘Yes’ at the Annunciation, gave Jesus physically to the world; and all of us are called to become little Marys’ generating the presence of Jesus spiritually by living out Jesus’ promise: ‘Where two or three are united in my name, I am there among them’ (Mt. 18: 20).
The contributors to this book write from a faith perspective but respectful of the place and role of science, both historically and today.