After recently learning of Bl. Chiara, Mike and I have begun asking for her intercession. Mike is the one who first found out about her and ordered a documentary on her life.
Bl. Chiara's parents prayed for children for eleven years, until she was born in 1971. She grew up in a small Italian town, where her parents taught her the faith.
As a typical girl Bl. Chiara had many friends, enjoyed listening to music, and liked playing tennis. As When she was a child Bl. Chiara's mother encouraged her to go through her toys and select some to give to those less fortunate. Bl. Chiara choose her newest and nicest toys to give away. She also collected money for children in Africa.
In her late teens, Bl. Chiara developed osteosarcoma, a painful tumor. At first Bl. Chiara was saddened by her illness, but after a short time she said "Yes" to Jesus and accepted her sufferings. She refused pain medication so that she could offer her sufferings to Jesus.
Bl. Chiara died in 1990. More on her life here and here.
Here are a few quotes from Bl. Chiara:
- “I have rediscovered the Gospel under a new light: as it is easy for me to learn the alphabet, so it must be to live the Gospel.
- “If you want it, Jesus, so do I."
- “I can only offer my pain to Jesus. It’s all I have left.”
- “For you, Jesus . . . if you want it, I want it too!"
Because Bl. Chiara's parents struggled with infertility for so long, it's comforting to ask for her prayers. Also her simple faith and "Yes" to accepting her cross is amazing. I want to love Jesus like she did.
Bl. Chiara's feastday is October 29. I am planning to start this novena on October 21st, asking Bl. Chiara to pray for us to grow closer to God and be blessed with children. Please let me know your intentions too!
Thanks for stopping by. God bless your weekend!