On December 7, 1943, in the early morning, defying the storm that raged and made her journey difficult, Chiara went to the Capuchin Friary and there she made the act of ‘consecration’. It was the day when “Silvia became Chiara and the forest fire of the Focolare started in a young girl’s heart.”[1].
That day, in the chapel of the Capuchin Friary, Chiara had no intention of founding anything. She was marrying God.


  1. [1] E. Robertson, Chiara, Christian Journals (Ireland) Limited 1978, p. 13
"Study for the three red carnations", a gift from the artist Loirs Irsara (1923-2014), to Chiara Lubich. It was on hang for a long time in the corridor in front of her room and is now kept at the Chiara Lubich Centre.
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