Phrases by Chiara Lubich: aphorisms, quotations


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Quotes, aphorisms, phrases by Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolare movement which has as its main goal the union of all peoples with a widespread sense of universal brotherhood. Born in Trento in 1920, she died in Rocca di Papa in 2008, her life was devoted to God with private vows starting in 1943.


Quotes by Chiara Lubich

- The welcome of the other, of the different from us, is at the basis of Christian love. It is the starting point, the first step for the construction of that civilization of love, of that culture of communion, to which Jesus calls us above all today.

- Using a language well known today, we can say that love knows no form of discrimination.


- The imitation of her (Maria) makes you similar to her and leads you to love her, because if a saying says: Love either finds similar, or makes similar ", it is also true that similar ones love each other. Look: who do children play with? with children. Who are looking for young girls as friends? other young girls. What about adult men? other adult men. So let's imitate Mary, become like her and love for her will spontaneously be born in our heart.

- Unity among brothers is ineffable like God. Everyone enjoys his presence, everyone suffers from his absence. It is peace, joy, love, ardor, an atmosphere of heroism and supreme generosity. It is Jesus among us.

- Maria is not easily understood by men, even if she is so loved. In fact, it is easier to find devotion to her in a heart far from God than devotion to Jesus. It is universally loved. And the reason is this, that Mary is Mother.


- The Saint is the one who always loves. By loving he discovers God's plan in others and helps them carry it out.

- Madonna! Knowing that beyond the shore of life there is a mother - and as a mother - who awaits us, makes death beautiful and that mystery, which often frightens and oppresses us, clears up and becomes welcoming and sweet.

- Two things I must keep secret: love and pain. Because love is the love with which he loves me, or loves himself in me, and pain is the love with which I love him. Instead, the light must be given.


- The lived Word makes us free and pure because it is love. It is love that purifies, with its divine fire, our intentions and all our intimacy, because according to the Bible the "heart" is the deepest seat of intelligence and will.

- God does not ask us to be perfect workers, or perfect preachers, or perfect people of prayer, but perfect in love.

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- It is by living the mutual love that the Word acts with its effects of purification and sanctification. The isolated individual is unable to resist the stresses of the world for a long time, while in mutual love he finds the healthy environment, capable of protecting his purity and all his authentic Christian existence.

- Maria is not easily understood by men, even if she is so loved. In fact, it is easier to find devotion to her in a heart far from God than devotion to Jesus. It is universally loved. And the reason is this, that Mary is Mother.

- (... ..) if we cut the roots of pain, if we do not embrace pain, we remain dwarf, small souls, without the breath of union with God, here. If instead we embrace all the pain that comes day by day, well, for the love of Jesus forsaken, then union with God grows.

- Who's next? We know it, we must not look for it far: the neighbor is the brother who passes by.

Aphorisms by Chiara Lubich

- When the river goes to the sea, it goes out of love to the sea, it doesn't happen by chance. So when a flower blooms, it is for love that it blooms, it does not bloom by chance. So even when autumn falls and the leaves fall, it is not by chance that the leaves fall, but it is for love, for that love that looks like abandoned Jesus that the leaves fall. Nature is all supported by a Gospel, it is all supported by God.

- If we have the heart of a mother or, more precisely, if we propose to have the heart of the Mother par excellence: Mary, we will always be ready to love.

- Now, as we are children of God, since there is love that sustains nature as a mother, all things of nature are daughters of God; that's why St. Francis called them sisters, brothers: sister the moon, brother the sun, sister the water, for this reason, because it was true, because we were all creatures of the same creator.


- The focolarini see in Mary that person who, because she has been faithful to her particular task, has participated in the life of all humanity.

- God does not ask us to be perfect workers, or perfect preachers, or perfect people of prayer, but perfect in love.

- Let's love each other! One day we will all be together up there for all Eternity, if here we have had the courage to love each other without apology.

- We walk in the footsteps of the true sages: the saints. The rest is madness.

- No one is lost among those who enter God.

- Two things I must keep secret: love and pain. Because love is the love with which he loves me, or loves himself in me, and pain is the love with which I love him. Instead, the light must be given.


- Knowing how to start again will be the most intelligent, most constructive act we can perform. It is the secret of true spiritual progress.

- Nothing more organized than what love orders and nothing freer than what love unites.

- If we have experienced that what Jesus says is "all true", it is easy to leave any other teacher for Him.

- The Saint is the one who always loves. By loving he discovers God's plan in others and helps them carry it out.

Phrases by Chiara Lubich

- Whoever grafts his life in the thought of God, realizes in his existence what he has always dreamed of and certainly more.

- If the Cross is occupied by Jesus on one side only, it is because the other is our place.

- Virginity pleasing to God lies not only in physical virginity, but in that spiritual attitude which is "non-existence" for itself, in order to always be all for God.

- Unity among brothers is ineffable like God. Everyone enjoys his presence, everyone suffers from his absence. It is peace, joy, love, ardor, an atmosphere of heroism and supreme generosity. It is Jesus among us.

- Today in the consumer society only one thing is to be saved: time.

- Why are we afraid to tell everyone that down here we pass and up there we will stop forever?

- The virgin is he who advances without support, only with God.

- If your life was weak up to now, maybe these are the times when you have to take a stand: either with him or against him. Do not be of those Christian semifigures who attract hatred on Christ because they bear his name, or on his Church.


- Here is the great attraction of modern times: to penetrate into the highest contemplation and remain mixed among all, man next to man.

- Before activists Jesus requires saints, and holiness is acquired with pain. But pain is a means not an end. On the shoulders the cross and go to the goal.

- Let everyone be one: for these words we were born, for unity, to help make it happen in the world.

- You must never look back but always forward. Your life what has been has been. God knows. The important thing is that you don't miss the present that is only in your hands. In that he loves God with all his heart, doing his will.

- To love, the Christian must do like God: not expect to be loved, but love first.

- Pain is perhaps the most discarded element in the world, but it is the only thing that, if exploited, fills us with God.

Your Love is in me (May 2022)


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