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  offering the possibility to be in contact with this extraordinary woman even today.


For with you is the fountain of life

Rome (Città Nuova), 25 December 2001

Commentary of the Word of Life:

For with you is the fountain of life. (Psalm 36:9)

... This Word of Scripture tells us something so important and vital that it can be an instrument of reconciliation and communion.
First of all it tells us that there is only one source of life, God. It is from God, from his creative love, that the universe is born and he makes it the home of humankind.
It is God who gives us life with all its gifts. The Psalmist knows the harshness and dryness of the desert and what it means to have a spring of water with all the life that flourishes around it. He could find no better image to sing of creation that springs like a river from the heart of God.


To Tell You that I Love You

Castel Gandolfo, January 29, 1998

Love needs declarations…


"Lately, wherever you went, you left a word that sums up a reality for that community. What word do you have to offer to us ?"

Chiara: A journalist in Palermo asked me the same question. She said: "We've understood that in the Movement you're able to sum up lots of things in just a few words," a life, I would say. “
Could you tell me about one of these slogans that you have?" “Well," I said, "I'll tell you the latest," and it's what I will tell you. It's what I mentioned to our focolarini priests.


The Mysteries of the Rosary

Rocca di Papa, 20 January 1981

In reciting the Rosary, Chiara goes through the spirituality that God gave to her, her whole Ideal

What I wanted to confide to you today is how I say the rosary.
The rosary is interposed by so-called mysteries, which are biblical events, generally proposed to us for meditation and for this reason, I think, that also our non-Catholic brothers and sisters will love the rosary, if they do not already love it. Spiritual teachers say that you can say the Hail Mary almost mechanically, and in the meantime think of that mystery mentioned at the beginning of the decade.
I have tried to do this and I've seen that in thinking of these mysteries, I revise the whole Ideal. So I thought: «This is what is needed, that every morning I know all my duties.» (...)

Chiara Lubich


(Translated from the Italian published text taken from: Leonor Maria Salierno, « MARIA » negli scritti di Chiara Lubich, Città Nuova Editrice, ottobre 1994)

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