Chiara Luce Badano, a radiant life
Chiara Badano, was born in Sassello on October 29, 1971. Long awaited, she is the only child, and receives a solid Christian education from her family. Rich with talents, beautiful and sportive, she has many friends.
She becomes a member of the Focolare Movement founded by Chiara Lubich at the age of nine years old; there she discovers God as Love, and makes Him the Ideal of her life.
At 17 years old, struck by a terrible tumor, she faces it by entrusting herself to God completely, even in the most difficult moments; to those who come near her she transmits serenity and joy.
In a climate of “extraordinary normality”, where Heaven and Earth seem to meet, Chiara feels that the end is near and she prepares herself, as she would for a wedding. She died at dawn on October 7th, 1990; just moments prior she had said goodbye to her mother saying: “Be happy, because I am!”.
Soon, her story spread around the world.