In 1976, in the Italian Cittá Nuova magazine’s column “Open Dialogue”, a reader asked Chiara Lubich the following question: “Every now and again I feel guilty for not having loved Mary enough, for thinking very little about her. What do you think I need to do so as to have a true devotion to Mary?”

Mary is closer to God than to human beings, and yet she is a creature like us, and stands as such before her Creator. This means that she can be a kind of inclined plane, which reaches from heaven down to earth.

With regard to having a true devotion to her – down through the centuries many devotions have flourished among the Christian people, giving them a definite idea of Mary’s maternal love through all the big and small trials of life. However, I would advise you to follow a way that brings to birth in your heart a love for Mary similar to the love Jesus has for her.

The fact is that, even though Mary has all those magnificent and extraordinary qualities of which you are aware, she is also ‘the perfect Christian.’ And that’s because, as you can see from the Gospel, she didn’t live her own life, but allowed the law of God to live in her. She, more than anyone else, can say: ‘It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me’ (Gal 2:20). Mary is the word of God fully lived out.

So, if you really want to love her, ‘imitate her.’ You too should be the word of God lived out! And since you can’t live the whole of the Gospel all at once, re-evangelize your life by taking seriously and living every day one of the ‘Words of Life’ that it contains.

Chiara Lubich

(Chiara Lubich, Mary, Flower of Humanity, New City UK, 2017, pp. 181-82)


  • La più luminosa delle verità! sempre attuale ed io per prima vivo spesso la stessa difficoltà di questo lettore del ’76; dunque ogni tempo chiama all’amore di Maria, che fa il vuoto dentro sé e accoglie la Sua Parola Viva . Grazie al promemoria di Chiara, questo è lo sprono personale a ricominciare con il giusto spirito d’unità.

  • Imitare Maria nn è facile perché Lei è la tutta pura ;noi invece siamo nati col peccato originale ,però se c’è la volontà di imitarla l’eterno ci darà la lue con la Suaintercessione x poter essere altre Maria in terra !

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