In order to grasp what characterizes “the world in colours,” one of Chiara Lubich’s distinctive conceptual matrixes, we must go back the early days of her experience in Trent. Without this root it is difficult to understand the development of her work and the importance of her contribution to contemporary culture.
Just as light passing through a prism refracts into the seven colours of the rainbow, so too, thought – preceded by life – becomes incarnate and open to new perspectives. The light of the charism of unity, entering Chiara’s life, enabled her to understand. It illuminated and initiated new processes which responded to the challenges of the times. “Every aspect of this new life, which the spirit of Jesus brought about in his Church, expresses in different ways and with different colours, the same light. Just as beneath each colour of the rainbow, there is the whole light, expressed in red, orange, yellow, etc., so under each aspect of life there is the whole of life, expressed in that particular way.”(1)
“At a given moment,” Chiara told young people, “the Lord helped me understand that the love we had in our hearts was urging us to do the most varied and most diverse things, which, however, were all love. “
Different spheres of life were renewed, could be explored and like parts of a single design, contributed to the realization of those words for which Chiara felt she was born: “That they may all be one” (Jn. 17:21).
(1) Chiara Lubich, to a group of focolarine and focolarini, Milan, 13 April 1955