20131021 Chiara accepted illness 嘉辣領受病苦

Blessed Chiara Luce Badano was the child of Maria Teresa and Ruggero Badano. The couple waited and prayed for 11 years for the gift of a child, and then Chiara was born Oct. 29, 1971.

Love for neighbours
Chiara desired that all the children of the world would be happy. She donated her best toys to the poor children, and set aside her pocket money for children in Africa. She invited poor people into the family’s home for holidays, and visited the elderly, and sick children.
At 9 years of age, Chiara became involved with the Focolare movement, and lived out the spirituality of unity.
To please Jesus, the teenage Chiara dressed in a clean and tidy way, without being flashy or ostentatious, because “what matters is to be beautiful inside.” She tried to turn the normal difficulties of daily life into opportunities of love. Chiara was a girl like all the others: she liked music, dancing, swimming, tennis, and hiking in the mountains.
Chiara had a wide circle of friends. When asked, she said she did not try to bring Jesus to her friends with words. She tried to bring Jesus to them by the way she listened to them, by the way she dressed, and above all, by the way she loved them.

Way of the cross
In the summer of 1988, during a tennis match, Chiara experienced a very sharp pain in her left shoulder. Medical tests revealed Chiara had osteosarcoma, one of the most serious and painful forms of cancer, and it had already started spreading.
Once back home after hearing the news, Chiara told her mum not to ask her any questions, and she experienced 25 minutes of “Gethsemane garden.” Eventually she said “yes” to Jesus about accepting her sufferings, and then she said: “Now you can speak, Mum,” and her face shone again with her usual luminous smile.
The treatment was painful. Chiara wanted to be informed of every detail of her illness. For each new and painful surprise, her offering was firm: “For You, Jesus; if You want it, I want it too!”
Chiara underwent two surgeries, and subsequent chemotherapy treatment caused her to lose her hair. As each lock of hair fell, she would say sincerely, “For You, Jesus.”
In July 1989 the tumour spread quickly, and Chiara lost the use of her legs. She said, “If I had to choose between walking or going to heaven, I would choose going to heaven.”
In the last year of her life, Chiara kept in touch with and encouraged the Focolare movement through telephone calls, messages, postcards, and posters. In May 1990, Chiara had the joy of watching Genfest 90, an international youth gathering held in Rome, from her home. She was a great inspiration for those who came to visit her.
Chiara refused to take pain medication, saying: “It reduces my lucidity,” and she added, “There’s only one thing I can do now: offer my suffering to Jesus, because I want to share as much as possible in His suffering on the cross.”
Chiara gave all savings to a friend who did missionary work in Africa. She said, “I have nothing left, but I still have my heart, and with that I can always love.”
With her mother, Chiara prepared for her “wedding celebration”: her funeral. Chiara asked to be dressed in a simple white wedding dress; she chose the music, the songs, the flowers, and the Mass readings. She told her mother, “When you’re getting me ready, Mum, you have to keep saying to yourself, ‘Chiara Luce is now seeing Jesus.'”
Chiara died at 4:10 a.m. Oct. 7, 1990. Her last words to Teresa, her mother, were “Goodbye. Be happy because I’m happy.”

羅傑.白達諾與太太瑪利亞.德蘭,向天主祈求了十一年,終於在1971年10月29日,誕下女兒嘉辣.白達諾。

 

憐愛近人

 

真福嘉辣雖然年紀尚少,卻認為世界所有兒童,都應該享有快樂,她把最喜愛的玩具,送給貧苦兒童,把零用儲蓄起來,捐出救助非洲的孩子;她又在假期的日子,邀請窮人到家中款待,探訪耆英及病童。

 

年僅九歲,參加「普世博愛運動」,渡福音勸諭的生活。

 

年青的嘉辣有着年青人的喜愛,她喜愛音樂、舞蹈、游泳、遠足和打網球,但為了鍾悅耶穌,她衣著整潔樸素,不隨俗浮誇,標榜「內在美纔是真正的美」,把日常生活中的困難,轉化成實行愛德的機遇。

 

嘉辣廣交朋友,卻從不以言談「硬銷耶穌」,而常以聆聽、舉止、衣著及愛心,傳達「耶穌的訊息」。

 

苦路

 

1988年夏天,正值一場網球比賽,嘉辣左肩突然感到劇烈的疼痛;經過一番檢查化驗,證實她患上惡性的骨肉瘤,而且癌細胞正在擴散中。

 

嘉辣驚聞噩耗,返抵家中,告訴母親不要問她任何問題。冷靜地經歷了約二十五分鐘「山園祈禱」的憂苦,嘉辣然後對耶穌表示「願意接受這病苦」,面上重新展現光輝的笑容說:「媽媽,您現在可以說話了。」

 

治療過程又辛苦又不成功。嘉辣要求自己要被告知病程的細節,每當新的壞消息時,她總會堅定地說:「為了祢,耶穌!假如祢願意,我也願意。」

 

嘉辣接受兩次手術,化療使她脫髮。每見一束脫髮,嘉辣說:「這是為祢的,耶穌!」

 

1989年七月,腫瘤擴散迅速,嘉辣雙腿失去功能;嘉辣道:「如果要我選擇能走路或升天堂,那我寧願選擇升式堂。」

 

走到生命最後的一年,嘉辣仍保持與「普世博愛運動」聯絡,藉電話、傳遞、明信片、宜傳海報,鼓勵其他成員。1990年五月,嘉辣在家觀看到在羅馬舉行的一個國際青年大會,甚是興奮;她的芳表,激勵了不少前來探望她的人。

 

嘉辣拒絕服用止痛藥,她解釋是「藥物讓我迷糊」,更補充說:「我現在唯一能做的,是奉獻自己的苦痛給耶穌,因為我要盡力分享祂在十字架上的苦痛。」嘉辣又將自己所有積蓄,捐送給一位在非洲作使徒工作的朋友;她說:「我已一無所有,但仍有一顆心,好讓我能常常去愛。」

 

和母親一起準備自己身後事時,嘉辣看作做「婚禮的準備」:她選擇白色的婚紗,指定奏唱的樂曲、擺設的鮮花和彌撒讀經,並提醒母親:「媽媽,當妳為我準備了一切時,要不斷對自己說『嘉辣現在見到耶穌』。」

 

1990年10月7日上午四時十分,嘉辣安逝,臨終前向母親德蘭說:「再見了!妳要快樂,因為我很快樂!」

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