A long journey which lasted more than seven years, characterized by listening and dialogue, at times tense and difficult, between exponents of Italian terrorism of the 1970s and early 1980s (mostly of Red Brigades, Prima Linea and other organizations), on the one hand, and victims and their relatives, on the other, is described. Various aspects of the theoretical and methodological background of the experience described in the book edited by Guido Bertagna, Adolfo Ceretti & Claudia Mazzucato Il libro dell’incontro. Vittime e responsabili della lotta armata a confronto (Milan: Il Saggiatore, 2015) are discussed, particularly the quality of listening process and narration, the depth of understanding self and other, reaching also the pain of what cannot be told nor heard. The relevance of one of the "great" narratives of man, namely the Bible, which can open up wider and "universal" horizons, is emphasized.
Keywords: Restorative justice; Listening; Terrorism; Narration; Sorrow