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


How We can Grow in Our Union with God

Seoul, 2 January 1982

To completely fulfill our humanity, Chiara indicates to us two ways which are at the basis of every growth

"Chiara, I feel that when I pray, when I meditate, when I love others, I don’t manage to do so in a very profound way as I should. What can I do to acquire a truly deep union with God?"

So, you practically would like to know how to acquire a true union with God. Look, there is a double road; I have found two ways to reach this result. The first is embracing the cross and the cross goes downwards.
The more a plant goes downwards with its roots the more it grows taller; the more we embrace suffering the more we go towards God


Choosing God in the way of unity

Mollens (Switzerland), 11 August 1987

Two women, two charisms, but only one root: the choice of God.

So you would like a concluding speech, something that we always do on the feast of St. Clare. …

When we were young like you, like the majority of you, we were always greatly struck by a phrase that Saint Clare told St. Francis when the latter practically drew her to follow his way.


Forgive your neighbour the wrong done to you ...

Rome ("Città Nuova"), 25 july 2002

Commentary of the Word of Life:

Forgive your neighbour the wrong done to you; then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven (Ecclus. 28:2).

 This Word of Life is taken from one of the so-called deuterocanonical or apocryphal books of the Bible. It was written between 180 and 170 BC, by Jesus Ben Sirach, who was a wise man and a scribe, teaching in Jerusalem. What he taught followed a theme dear to the whole of the Wisdom literature in the Old Testament: God is merciful to sinners and we should imitate his way of behaving. The Lord forgives all our guilt because he ‘is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love’ (Ps 103:8)


Chiara's message to the '93 familyfest

Palaeur (Rome), 5 June 1993

God has truly placed so much wealth for humanity in the family.

My warmest greetings to all of you present at the Sports Arena in Rome, to all the families meeting in the 500 FamilyFest gatherings linked to us on every continent, and to all those who are watching or listening to FamilyFest.
We are on the threshold of the third millennium. The family, every family, can take a leading role in this new era. A masterpiece of love created by God, the family can be of inspiration in helping to change the world of tomorrow. (...)

Chiara Lubich



"Abba, Father!"

Rocca di Papa, 9 March 1989

A summary of Christian prayer: penetrating the heart of God

Dearest all,
Jesus was praying. He was praying to His Father. For Him, the Father was "Abba" and that is "Daddy", His "Dad", to whom Jesus spoke with words of infinite trust and boundless love. He prayed to the Father from within the Trinity where He is the second divine person.
It was precisely because of this special prayer that He revealed to the world who He really was: the Son of God.