The Will of God

CHIARA LUBICH

The Will of God

Edited by Lucia Abignente

Right from its beginning, the Will of God had a central place in the charism of unity, lived out as our response of love to God. Chiara Lubich frequently spoke and wrote on this theme throughout the years, proposing it as the way to holiness for all, to be lived out in every present moment of our life.

Eli Folonari, who lived with Lubich for over 50 years, and who is now director of the Chiara Lubich Centre, testified: “Chiara was used to recognizing and loving the will of God in every circumstance. She did so right up to the end of her life. A note written by her was found between the pages of Mark’s Gospel: ‘Do not miss the appointment.’ With Jesus? With our neighbour? Certainly. By following, in every present moment of her day, ‘the ray’ of the will of that God that had revealed Himself as Love to her.”

This collection is full of documents, mostly unpublished, that are now housed in the Chiara Lubich Centre. It alternates between pages of her diary, letters, messages and reflections that make us participants in the journey travelled by Lubich, and offers the reader a synthesis of the understanding that she had on this cardinal point of the spirituality of unity.

Chiara Lubich (1920-2008), a great charismatic figure of our time, known for her unceasing work for unity and peace. The spirit of the Focolare Movement founded by her has spread throughout the whole world, also among members of numerous Christian Churches, believers of other faiths and people of different convictions. Her writings have been published in the form of 58 books, with over 220 editions and printings, and have been translated into more than 20 languages.

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