Collection of several texts written by Chiara Lubich

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November 2009

Working in Perfect Communion

It is wise to spend the time we have by living God’s will to the full in the present moment. Sometimes, however, we worry about the past or the future. We are concerned about situations or people for whom we cannot do anything at the moment. This is when it becomes difficult to steer the ship of our lives. It takes great effort to keep to the course that God […]...

May 2009

Answers given to Muslim friends of the Focolare Movement

Rome, 13 June 1998 In the many meetings between the Muslim friends of the Focolare and Chiara Lubich, there have been moments of both profound and sincere dialogue. The following are answers she has offered to some of the questions raised.Chiara, we would like to ask you, what has it been like establishing a relationship with the faithful of other religions? Chiara, we would like to ask you, what has […]...

July 2006

Be kind to one another …

Rome, July 25, 2006 Commentary of the Word of Life: Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you (Eph 4:32). This agenda for life is concrete and the core of what matters. It would be enough on its own to create a different kind of society, one where people are more like brothers and sisters, more supportive. It was part of a […]...

October 2005

So that Love may not be Abandoned

Castelgandolfo, October 3, 2005 …We’ll begin by reading some excerpts from a long letter to Duccia Calderari. It dates back, in all probability, to Advent 1944. It shows clearly the difference between the suffering of the abandonment and the other sufferings that Jesus experienced during His passion. There is a clear understanding of the special quality of this supreme suffering and that through it Jesus had given humanity the gift […]...

May 2005

Follow me

Commetary on the Word of Life: Follow me. (Mt 9:9) While he was coming from Capernaum, Jesus saw a tax collector by the name of Matthew seated at the customs post. Matthew had a job that made him despised by the people, for it placed him in the same category as loan sharks and those who took advantage of others to amass personal wealth. The Scribes and Pharisees put him […]...

December 2004

Christ, the Church’s one foundation

January 20051 Every year the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is held in many parts of the world from 18th to 25th January. Elsewhere it is celebrated at Pentecost. The theme for the Week of Prayer in 2014, based on 1 Cor. 1:13, is: ‘Is Christ divided?’In the past, Chiara Lubich used to offer a commentary on the biblical verse behind the Week’s theme for that year. To keep […]...

May 2004

The Role of the Spiritual Movements

Stuttgart, May 6, 2004* Dearest brothers and sisters, in this important Meeting, which I’m really happy to be part of, I have the task today to talk about the role and the fellowship of spiritual Movements, my commitment for this and the hope that I have in them. The Movements have authoritatively been considered as a great spiritual resource and “motive for hope” for the Church and humanity , that […]...

April 2004

Interview with Chiara Lubich on Holy Week with ZENIT

Rome, April 8, 2004 We are nearing Easter. While the world is breathing an atmosphere of fear because of the threat of terrorism, what answer may come from the mystery of Good Friday and the Easter Resurrection? Chiara Lubich: Every day is Good Friday. Looking at the news, in front of the killings and assassination attempts, one after the other, in those pictures of inhuman violence, in the cry of […]...

March 2003

Not what I want, but what you want

Commentary on the Word of Life: Not what I want, but what you want. (Mk 14:36) Jesus was in the garden of olives, in a place called Gethsemane. The long-awaited hour hadarrived. It was the turning point of his life. He threw himself on the ground and appealed to God, with confident tenderness calling him ‘Father’. He asked to be spared from ‘drinking the cup’, words that referred to his […]...

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