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“They have no more wine”
Contribution to a reading of relationships between charisms and their economic works
By Luigino Bruni
Published in “Unitá e Carismi” n.3/2010
This is the great attraction today:
to reach the highest contemplation
while sharing in the life of every person,
being one among many.
I would say more:to merge oneself with the crowd
so as to allow the divine
to penetrate it,like wine
penetrates a piece of bread.
I would even say more:
as sharers in God’s plans for humanity,
to place points of light within the crowd,
sharing shame, hunger, troubles,
and brief joys with our neighbor.
1. Economy and charisms
This writing arises from the experiential and theoretical conviction that even economic and civil life can and should be read as dialectic between “charism” and “institution”. Something of this dialectic was revealed to us by Max Weber with his studies on charismatic authority. Von Balthazar went even further, when, in various reprises, he spoke to us in his theological works of the “Marian profile” of the Church, and of its relationships with the other profiles, among which the Petrine profile.