We'll periodically publish "excerpts" from Chiara Lubich's archive
  offering the possibility to be in contact with this extraordinary woman even today.


I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me ...

Rome (Città Nuova), 25 July 2000

Commentary of the Word of Life:

I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. (Jn 6:35)

In his Gospel John tells how, after the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus went to Capernaum. There he gave his discourse on the bread of life during which he said: ‘Do not work for food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you’ (Jn 6:27).
For those who were listening to him it was a clear reference to manna and also to the awaited ‘second’ manna that would come down from heaven in the Messianic age.


Yes to Jesus, No to our Ego

Sierre (CH), 16 September 1982

In the spirituality of unity the accent is placed on our yes to God. The no to our ego is a logical consequence

Dearest all,
"If your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off ...” (Mt 18:8).
A few days ago, I read a wonderful passage from the letters of St. Paul, and it made me understand how he personally lived those "cuts" that Jesus speaks about.


Revolutionaries of communion. I count on you!

Mariapolis Araceli (Brazil), 31 May 1991

This is when the economy of communion was born. Chiara had just launched the idea and wants to involve also the young people of Brazil

You are very important because this turning point begins now, but it will explode later, when the young people, the Gen, will have a leading part.
So you must be formed with these ideas and be informed of all that happens. I heard that one of you has already begun to do something concrete. You must support him, help him, give him advice, share the responsibilities, do whatever you can...


Choosing God means choosing Jesus Forsaken

Rocca di Papa, 23 December 1983

Jesus revealed himself to Chiara as crucified and forsaken. The origin of this inspiration which is so vital for her and her Movement is described here

We have in fact felt the urgency not only of a legitimate desire, but also of the Church's guidance - which, to safeguard the authenticity of their inspiration, invites religious families and movements to refashion themselves in conformity to the times when the Holy Spirit brought them to birth.
When we look back to the beginnings of the Focolare, we see that, even before we had acquired ideas about the way to realize unity, a model was proposed to us, a figure, a life: that of Him who was able to truly "make Himself one" with all the human beings who have lived in the past, live now in the present, and will live in the future; He effected unity, paying for it by the cross, with His blood and His cry; He who has given His presence to the Church as the Risen One for all time, until the end of the world: Jesus Crucified and Forsaken.


Mary, Mater Unitatis

Castel Gandolfo, 8 December 1996

God progressively wanted to show Chiara who Mary is, with a climax during the “special” summer of 1949

As we briefly look over the history of the Focolare Movement with regard to Mary, we can see more clearly who Mary is for us...
From the earliest days of the Focolare, although during that period of time it seemed that she was letting the Spirit highlight almost exclusively Jesus and his gospel, Mary appeared, although discreetly, in order to reveal to us at once her relationship with unity.