for humanity. Jesus, as God’s own Son incarnate and Lord of all creation, is the source of divine life, which he shares to all who are willing to accept him and to be transformed into himself through love. The negative connotations of power that the title kyrios has, are absent when that title is applied to Christ, whose lordship is expressed not in overpowering but in empowering his followers, not in domination and exploitation but in sharing his very life with them. This vision of Christ as Master, Way, Truth, and Life, rooted in Scripture as its source and wellspring, is what lies at the heart of Alberionian spirituality.
Spirit of Alberionian Christology The title “Master, Way, Truth and Life” is not found in Paul’s writings. Yet Alberione repeatedly and unequivocally insists that his spirituality is Pauline: Alberionian Christology is Pauline Christology. This fact is evident in certain affirmations that Alberione consistently made in his ongoing attempt to clarify his Christological spirituality. For example: In the section entitled “The doctrine of Paul” in DF 168-170 Alberione says that Paul “was the most perfect and faithful interpreter of the Divine Master; he understood, gave, and elaborated by powerful syntheses and strict logic the Gospel, whole and applied, so that … humanity found what it had unconsciously been seeking” (DF 168). And like Paul, human beings are called to attain to that state whereby “…Christ alone lives, thinks, acts, loves, wills, prays, suffers, dies and rises in us” (DF 170). This end-state of formation, the omega point of human fulfillment, Alberione finds perfectly expressed in Paul’s letter to the Galatians 2: 20-21: “I live now, not I, but Christ lives in me”16 (emphasis added). And Paul was the disciple who attained the heights of union with Christ; he did not only envision it or speak of it.
Goal of Alberionian Christology The ultimate goal to which all enlightened Christians aspire, a transformed existence, Alberione calls Christification, or “being conformed to Christ.” He notes: The process of sanctification is a process of Christification: “until Christ is formed in you” (Gal. 4:19). …we will be holy in the measure in which we live the life of Jesus Christ, or better, according to the measure in which Jesus Christ lives in us. “The Christian is another Christ,” and this is what St. Paul says of himself: “I live now not with my own life but with the life of Christ who lives in me” (Gal 2:20).17
Process of Alberionian Christology Christification not only indicates the achieved goal of Pauline spirituality; it is also the term used for the process to reach that goal. The Founder’s first circular, cited above, continues with a description of this process: This gradually takes place in us until we “reach the full manhood of Jesus Christ,” just as a baby gradually develops into an adult. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Spiritual work involves the commitment: 1. to imitate the holiness of Jesus Christ, who marked out the way with his examples and with his teachings: “you are to be perfect”;
Dialogue between Alberione and Asian Traditions of the Spiritual Masters.