“If you want it Jesus, so do I.” Inspiring story of a young life (and death) dedicated to Christ

She doesn’t lose her luminous smile; holding hands with her parents, she faces extremely painful therapy and drags into that same Love everyone who comes near her.

After refusing morphine because it takes away her lucidity, she gives everything to the Church, the Diocese, the youth, those distant, the Movement, the missions… staying serene and strong, convinced that “embraced pain makes one free“. She repeated: “I have nothing left, but I still have my heart, and with that I can always love“.

Chiara lives her Christianity well, participating at daily mass, where she receives Jesus, whom she loves so much; with the reading of the Word of God and meditation. She often reflects upon Chiara Lubich’s words: “I’ll be a saint, if I’m a saint now”.

Ever since she was little, she had committed to “not give Jesus to her friends with words, but through behavior”.  All this is not easy; in fact sometimes she would say: “It is so hard to go against the current!” And to overcome every obstacle she says, «For you, Jesus!».

To those who visit her she expresses her ideals, always putting others first.  She shows a particular affection for “her” bishop, Mons. Livio Maritano; during their last, short, but intense meetings, a supernatural atmosphere embraces them:  in Love they become one; they are Church.  But her illness gets worse and the pain increases.  Not one complaint from her lips:  “If you want it Jesus, so do I”.

Chiara gets ready for the final meeting: “It is my Spouse who comes to visit” and she picks out her bridal dress, the songs and the prayers for her Mass; the service must be a feast.

Receiving Jesus in the Eucharist for the last time, she appears totally immersed in Him and she asks that they “recite that prayer: Come, Holy Spirit, send us a ray of your light from Heaven”.

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