Celebrating with Blessed Clare Badano

29 October was the feast day of Blessed Clare Badano (known as Chiara Luce). Many things took place to remember her and seek to follow her example.

In Sassello, the town where Chiara Luce was born, from 27 to 28 October a large number of young people met together to celebrate her life. The title chosen for the weekend was: ‘I have everything’. In four stages the young people went around the town and listened to many things from people who had witnessed the life of Chiara Luce. They felt as if they were having a truly personal rendezvous with her. Meeting Chiara Luce’s parents, Ruggero and Maria Teresa Badano was a powerful moment. They spoke of many details from Chiara Luce’s life right up to the last period of her life when she began her intense journey towards Heaven. Immediately after that there was a time of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, where readings from some things written by Chiara Luce were interspersed between pauses for thought, and then a visit to the cemetery, to ‘get together’ with Chiara Luce in a moment’s intimate conversation. Chiara Luce’s young people, however, with find it easy to go from moments of profound reflection to moments of joyful recreation, all lived with the same intensity and a spirit aiming at the highest values, as was seen at the party at the end of the day run by a young DJ.

At Mass on Sunday more than 700 people crowded into the church. In the homily the parish priest of Sassello invited the young people to have courage and trust in God, following the example of Chiara Luce who one day encouraged her mother saying, ‘Trust in God and you have done everything.’ In the afternoon the programme carried on and the small parish hall was unable to contain all those present, and so the show about the Chiara Luce’s life, put on by the theatrical company Passi di Luce (Steps of Light) from Castelfiorentino (near Florence), had be done in two sittings.

By now Chiara Luce and the example of her life have gone irrepressibly beyond the confines of the region of Liguria where Sassello is located. This can be seen both in the fact that in Sassello there were young people from 33 different nations and in a Skype call to Mexico where in the little town called El Diamante (The Diamond) there is a chapel dedicated to Blessed Chiara Luce. There in Mexico 1,700 people had held three days of celebrations at which a musical about Chiara Luce’s life had been a great hit. There was tremendous joy also in Isernia, in Italy, celebrating Chiara Luce’s life in a musical show called ‘Be happy, because I am’. It was put on by artists from Azioni Musicali from Loppiano (near Florence) for more than 700 people.

The general impression is that in these few days the ‘torch’ of Chiara Luce has been handed on  to many, many young people, just as she wanted.




  1. Jocelyn T. Candido (BSHRT-3C)

    Blessed Clare Badano is truly a good example of being a good CHRISTIAN YOUTH. Being a Filipino youth and as a good Christian it is so inspiring to know the work and sacrifices of Blessed Clare Badano when she was still alive and all youth throughout the world should follow her steps in order make this world a better place to live.

  2. joe fernandes

    I like these beautiful lines you exclaimed before you left this world. THE YOUTH ARE THE FUTURE I CAN NO LONGER RUN, BUT I’d LIKE TO PASS THE OLYMPIC TORCH ON TO THEM.THE YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE ONLY ONE LIFE AND ITS WORTH IT TO SPEND IT WELL. Thank you, Chiara, and please intercede to mama Mary for all the youth and their parents. THAT ALL MAY BE ONE

  3. Delso Piran Junior

    Também em minha cidade, Santa Rita do Passa Quatro/São Paulo – Brasil, fizemos, no dia 27, uma festa chamada “Noite com Chiara Luce”. Nos reunimos numa Capela dedicada à Nossa Senhora do Rosário que tem em seu interior um altar de Chiara Luce. Eramos cerca de 100 jovens sendo que alguns eram cristãos de outras denominações religiosas.
    Foi uma maravilhosa experiência, com músicas, jograis, vídeos e momentos de reflexão sobre o Amor de Deus na vida de Chiara.
    Depois dia 28 na Matriz de nossa Paróquia Santa Rita de Cássia os jovens animaram uma missa fazendo as músicas, comentários e leituras. No ofertório fizemos uma dança com a música “Tu tens uma vida só” onde alguns de nós dançaram com raquetesde tênis nas mãos. Foram momentos maravilhosos onde pudemos relembrar os passos dessa nossa irmã e amiga Chiara e também onde lançamos o desafio e vimos que é possível a santidade para os jovens!!!


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