The shortest and quickest way

Christians know the exam they will face at the end of their lives. Jesus, in fact, revealed the questions he will ask us when we come before him. They are more relevant than ever – as Chiara Lubich explained.

We urgently need to transform all our relationships into Christian relationships: with our siblings, parents, relatives, colleagues, acquaintances, and people all over the world.

Encouraged and enlightened by love, we need to create both individual and social works. Let’s remember that if a glass of water will be rewarded, then a hospital, a school, an orphanage, a place to help young people in trouble, and much else, established as a way of expressing our charity, will prepare us for a brilliant final exam.

Then God will say to us:

“I was hungry in the members of your family just as I was hungry in the people of India.  Seeing me in them, you gave me food.

“I was thirsty. I needed clothing, in your little children and in your brothers and sisters in many nations where people live in inhuman conditions. And you, seeing me in all of them, clothed me with what you had.

“I was orphaned, hungry and sick in your own neighbourhood just as I was in the people of Pakistan who are overwhelmed by disasters, and you made every effort to help me.

“You put up with your father in law, or your highly strung wife, or your difficult employees, or an unfriendly manager, because you were convinced that perfect social justice will only flourish through social charity; and you did this because you saw me in everyone”.

“You visited a relative in prison, you prayed and brought aid to those who live oppressed and abused in the depths of their spirit…”.

We will be astonished and just one word will come to our lips: “thank you!” Thank you, my God, for having opened up a way for us here on earth, the shortest and quickest way to reach our heavenly destination.

Chiara Lubich


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