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


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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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...