Message of 25 September 2010
“ Dear children! Today I am with you and bless you all with my motherly blessing of peace, and I urge you to live your life of faith even more, because you are still weak and are not humble. I urge you, little children, to speak less and to work more on your personal conversion so that your witness may be fruitful. And may your life be unceasing prayer. Thank you for having responded to my call. ”
(26th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke 16:19-31
19 “There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate lay a poor man named Laz’arus, full of sores, 21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table; moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried; 23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far off and Laz’arus in his bosom. 24 And he called out, `Father Abraham, have mercy upon me, and send Laz’arus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, `Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Laz’arus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ 27 And he said, `Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham said, `They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, `No, father Abraham; but if some one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 He said to him, `If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced if some one should rise from the dead.'”
—The Gospel of the Lord.
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Chiara Luce Badano, an 18-year-old-girl, will be beatified in Rome, Italy, on Saturday, Sept. 25th, 2010 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love. We wanted to share with you our joy, and invite you to join in the celebration. The beatification will be broadcast live at www.focolare.org, also on Salt & Light TV (see www.saltandlighttv.org for time and channels).
A Saint of Our Times
She is called “a saint of our times” by the local bishop in Italy who knew her personally. He sees this 18-year-old, who died after a three-year struggle with bone cancer, as a guiding light (“Luce”) especially for young people. Asked if she talked about spirituality with her high school friends, she said, “Talking about God doesn’t count for much. I have to give Him.”
Chiara Luce’s recognized miracle was the healing of a little boy dying from meningitis last year. You can read her story in the book “Chiara Luce: A Life Lived to the Full,” by Michele Zanzucchi.
Calendar of Events
Saturday, Sept. 25 at 4PM (10 AM EDT):
Solemn Mass of Beatification of Chiara Badano.
Saturday, Sept 25 at 9 PM (3 PM EDT):
Youth Celebration: “Chiara Luce: life, love, light” (see program)
Sunday, Sept. 26 at 10:30 AM (Italian time):
Thanksgiving Mass for Chiara Luce’s Beatification
“Young people, don’t be afraid to become saints.” – John Paul II
“One day she met God as Love, and she spent her life believing in this divine adventure…”
– Chiara Lubich