Each saint has a special charisma, a particular facet of God that is reflected through her (him). Chiara's was to be a witness to joy in the face of great adversity, the kind that makes love overflow despite the sorrow from loss and death.
At 28 years old, Chiara passed away, her body ravaged by cancer. The emotional, physical, and spiritual trials of this young Italian mother are not uncommon. It was her joyful and loving response to each that led one cardinal to call her "a saint for our times".
She said yes to everything God sent her way, becoming a true child of God. And as her days on earth came to an end, Enrico looked down on his wife and said, "If she is going to be with Someone who loves her more than I, why should I be upset?"
Paperback, 161 pages.