Anna Pelli


The story of the Pact of unity between Chiara Lubich and Igino Giordani, which was the prelude to Chiara’s mystical experience in the summer of 1949, concludes with the introduction of something new arising from the Pact: the Soul. Chiara describes it as “the bond between us,” the “space” where the multiplication of the one and the unification of the many is both actualized and explained. This article explores the conceptual development of thought about this issue. Pelli looks at the development of metaphysics over the centuries, investigating the One-many relationship emblematic of the cultural and spiritual history of the West. Beginning with the pre-Socratics and going then to the theoretical achievements of Plato, Nicholas of Cusa, and of Leibniz, this exploration comes to Chiara Lubich’s contribution based on Uni-Trinitarian Love, the intimate mystery of God, which offers an original interpretive key for the One-many question.