all may be one." We were born for these words, for unity, to contribute
toward its fulfillment in the world. -- Focolare
"The one who trusts entirely in God lets God himself act
and... to him nothing is impossible.
Quotations from Chiara Lubich
we do many things, say many things, but the voice of suffering offered
out of love - which is perhaps unheard by and unknown to others - is the
loudest cry that can penetrate Heaven" --24th Spiritual Meeting of the
Bishops-Friends of the Focolare Movement
is the life of the world. We have a burning desire that whoever sees Rome
may say of its citizens what was said of the first Christians: See
how they love one another and how theyre ready to die for one another.
Because if these words are lived out, our city would achieve its crowning
glory consistent with its great vocation. Such great and radical love
will be a radiant witness of the One who alone can bring this about on
both a spiritual and a social plane, through us His children, because
he is Man, as well as being God." -- Extract from her address at the Capitoline
Hall, 22.1.2000 "
dream that the Holy Spirit may continue to be present in the Churches
and beyond them that he may potentiate the "seeds of the Word" for the
world to be invaded by constant streams of new light, life and works as
only the Spirit knows how to bring about. As a result, may a growing number
of men and women set out along straight paths, converging towards their
Creator, opening their hearts and souls to his service.
have understood that the world needs a treatment of... the Gospel, because
only the Good News can give back to the world the life it lacks. This
is why we live the Word of Life.... We make it flesh in ourselves to the
point of being that living Word....' " -- The Word of Life
discovery was this:
"Today our society, more than ever before, needs to know the words of the Gospel and to let itself be transformed by them. Jesus must be able to repeat once again: do not become angry with your neighbors; forgive, and you will be forgiven; tell the truth, to the point of having no need to take an oath; love your enemies; recognize that we have only one Father and are all brothers and sisters; do to others as you would have them do to you. This is the sense of some of the many words from the Sermon on the Mount. If they were lived out, it would be enough to change the world." - Word of Life
"As we walked about the city, or traveled to different cities and countries, it was not the beautiful and interesting things around us that attracted us. Not even Rome's wonderful monuments and precious relics seemed so important. Rather, what gave a sense of continuity to our journeying through the world for Jesus, was His Eucharistic presence in the tabernacles we found wherever we went." - from May They All Be One
"At three oclock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, My God,
my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Mt.27,46)
“He has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
The miracles performed by Jesus are an expression of his love for all those he met on his journeys. They are also “signs” of the new world that he came to announce. The healing of the deaf and mute man is a sign that Jesus came to bring us a new ability to understand and to speak.
“Ephphatha” was the same word pronounced over us at the time of our Baptism.
“Ephphatha” calls us to open ourselves to hearing the Word of God, so that we allow it to penetrate deeply in us.
“Ephphatha” is his invitation to us to be open and to listen to all those with whom he identified himself—every person, above all, the children, the poor, the needy. He invites us to begin a dialogue of love with all of them, a dialogue that leads to sharing our own Gospel-based experience. -Word of Life
"...was born in Trent Italy, in 1920. At 23 years of age, together with
a small group of friends, she began an experience of rediscovery of the
Gospel, resulting in an ever growing Movement. Its goal became a world
living in unity, and its spirituality has helped dismantle centuries-old
prejudices. Today its members and adherents are Catholic, Protestant,
Anglican, Orthodox, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, as well as
thousands of people who profess no particular religion." Chiara
Lubich - Focolare Website
Resources on Chiara Lubich
The links on Chiara Lubich given above as well as several others can be found on one of the pages of my Web site. Click here to see this page.
The Focolare Movement
Focolare Movement Home Page - contains many excerpts from Chiara Lubich's writings, a description of the Focolare movement and its objectives and more.