How do you measure the impact of someone’s life? Today there are “influencers” on social media, but way before they were ever called that, Chiara Lubich (1920–2008) was a true influencer, positively impacting the lives of many worldwide and giving life to the Focolare community. She had a God-given charism and a passion for world unity. She was always clear, however, that her role was to be a simple instrument that stayed faithful, embracing difficult and painful circumstances and transforming them into unity. Today, almost 12 years after her death, the Focolare continues to grow and develop, tangibly living out her spirituality of unity and doing our part to heal divisions in society. For this centennial issue, several people share how Chiara’s life profoundly impacts their own and continues to enrich the Church and our world.
Much is known about Lubich’s public life — but who was she before founding the Focolare Movement?
The impact of Lubich’s life on society
Fr. Jacques Mourad bears witness to Christian living amid violence
How friendship helped a woman overcome a dire crisis