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.

Chiara “Luce” Badano was proclaimed Blessed in 2010. A few days later, this is how Pope Benedict XVI would remember her:

(…)I think you all know that on Saturday September 25th, in Rome, an Italian girl named Chiara, Chiara Badano, was beatified. I invite you to get to know her: her life was short, but it’s a wonderful message. Chiara was born in 1971 and died in 1990, because of an incurable illness. Nineteen years full of life, of love, of faith. Two years, the last ones, also filled with pain and suffering, but always in love and light, a light that shone around her, and that came from within: from her heart filled with God! How can this be? How can a girl of 17, 18 years live a suffering like this, without any kind of human hope, spreading love, serenity, peace, faith? Obviously, this is a grace from God, but this grace was also prepared and accompanied by human collaboration: the collaboration of Chiara herself, certainly, but also of her parents and her friends (…)

Benedict XVI, Palermo, October 3, 2010