Chiara Badano Beatified 20 Years after Her Death

Bl. Chiara "Luce" Badano

Blessed Chiara, pray for us!

Chiara “Luce” Badano was born in Italy in 1971, to devout parents who had waited 11 years to welcome their first and only child. From a young age, she was active in the Focolare Movement, and her joyful witness earned her the nickname “Luce” (Light).

As early as age 12, Chiara expressed a desire to give herself totally to Jesus, to take Him her spouse — and she set out to “give Him to others” in the ordinariness of her daily life. Full of zeal for God and souls, Chiara was eager to reach the heights of holiness — never guessing that her opportunity to be united to Christ would come much sooner than she expected.

At age 17, Chiara was diagnosed with bone cancer, and an unsuccessful surgery left her paralyzed from the waist down — but this did not dampen her spirits. Throughout her excruciating illness, Chiara remained cheerful and offered up her suffering for souls, even refusing morphine because she wished to remain alert and to offer her pain to Jesus. She often said, “It’s for you, Jesus; if you want it, I want it too.”

Chiara died in 1990 at age 19. Her last words to her family were, “Be happy, because I am happy!” This weekend she was proclaimed “blessed,” and her very proud parents were present at her beatification.

Read more on Zenit.org.

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3 responses to “Chiara Badano Beatified 20 Years after Her Death

  1. DAVID RALPH

    To my mind Chiara Banado lived an loving short life being joy and spreading joy to all she met.

  2. The longer you live the more saints and those who have been beautified you are made aware of. I firs became aware of St. Theresa of Liseux while on a troop ship in WWII. I found a novena pamphlet to St. Theresa and said it everyday while on the ship.
    Today I just came across the name Chiara Badano who was beatified Sept. 25th. twenty years after her death. Now we must pray hard for her Canonazation.

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