Collection of several texts written by Chiara Lubich

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January 1996

Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Chiara Lubich: two women in dialogue

Vatican Radio, 10th September 1997 In an interview shortly after Mother Teresa’s death Chiara Lubich outlined the key stages in their deep friendship, highlighting among other things Mother Teresa’s “feminine genius” in fulfilling the mission God gave her in the Church. Speaker: Two women in dialogue: Mother Teresa and Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolare Movement.Their first conversation took place in 1978. Then, over the years, there were other meetings […]...

December 1984

Charity is what counts, charity is what remains

Rocca di Papa, 20 December 1984 In this telephone conference call, Chiara Lubich stresses the importance and value of charity, following the example of St Augustine and St Jerome. Dear All, … We have been called, above all, to give the world a show of perfect charity, charity which is love for God and which is proved by love of neighbour.We also spoke about charity in the last conference call […]...

May 1996

What does it mean for you to live like Mary?

Naples, May 4, 1996 Chiara Lubich answered this question put to her during a press conference. Question: You have chosen God as Your ideal, and Mary as your model. In fact, you have established that the president of your Movement will always be a woman. Chiara: We think of Mary in the same way as the Church thinks of her. We are not a Marian Movement like the Daughters of […]...

August 1989

So the Risen Lord may shine out among us

Brig, 11 August 1989 Each year, on the feast of St. Clare of Assisi, Chiara Lubich used to speak about a subject related to the life or spirituality of this great saint whose name she adopted. Here she emphasized St Clare’s “faithfulness to the charism God gave her”, inviting everyone to imitate her in living the charism of unity.  … Last year we left one another thinking about this feast […]...

December 1998

“How can we bring the Gospel message to the men and women of our times?”

Castel Gandolfo, December 31, 1998 Chiara Lubich answers a question of a seminarian. … Considering today’s society, we often ask ourselves if we are sufficiently equipped to bring the Gospel to the men and women of our times.How can we offer people the Christian message in such a way that it will really answer their questions and problems? Chiara: Well, first of all, the questions that some of them will ask […]...

December 1999

At the dawn of the new millennium

Amman, December 7, 1999 In December 1999 Chiara Lubich was in Amman, Jordan, where she met a small but lively group of people forming the Focolare community there. The new millennium was awaited with both hope and fear. What follows is Chiara’s answer to New Stadt magazine to the question “What is your vision for the new millennium?” Q. What is your vision for the new millennium? A. I don’t […]...

July 1988

Kind and Merciful

The Word of Life of August 1988 Chiara Lubich’s commentary on this text from one of St Paul’s letters takes us to the heart of the Christian message, which has been emphasised so much by Pope Francis during the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Be kind to one another, compassionate, and mutually forgiving, just as God has forgiven you in Christ (Eph 4:32) The Word of Life of this month is […]...

June 2003

Towards Europe as a shared Homeland

Rocca di Papa, 30th June 2003 Chiara Lubich’s Message for Stuttgart From the 30th June to the 1st July the fourth International meeting of “Together for Europe” is taking place in Munich in Germany. It is the outcome of fellowship among more than 300 Movements and Communities in various Churches.  Here is Chiara Lubich’s message written as the event held on 8th May 2004 in Stuttgart was being prepared. On […]...

February 1997

Living the Church

Castel Gandolfo 3rd February 1997 The Church as Communion in the thought of Chiara Lubich At the time when the Focolare began, the Church was often seen only as a stone structure, with Jesus in the tabernacle, and with Mary, Saint Anthony or another saint above the altar… the Church was, in a certain sense, for many people taken as being the same things as the catechism, First Communion…. It […]...

June 1988

How can I start again after I have been fighting?

Castel Gandolfo 18th June 1988 Chiara Lubich’s answer to a child Chiara, sometimes when I fight with my brothers, after one or two days, I can’t get along with them, and it is hard for me to forgive them. What do you think I should do, Chiara, so that I can get along with them? I know that I have to love them, but I’m not able to…. Chiara: I understand! […]...

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