This tiny publication has
the purpose of making known an event that took place in the years 1950-953. It
was kept silent for nearly forty years but finally, as the Blessed Virgin Mary
had promised the visionary, it was brought to the attention of the public
already about ten years ago.
The desire to fulfil the
request of the Blessed Virgin urges us to make it widely known, even if only in
brief. Its importance must be really striking if the devil has done his best to
prevent its spread, as we shall see later on.
The protagonist in this
story is a Clare nun, sister Chiara Scarabelli, born on 29th March 1912 in
Genepreto, a small village in ‘Val Tidone', in the province of Piacenza . She
died on 29th January 1994 , in the new monastery of ‘San Silvestro di Curtatone
(MN)', that had been inaugurated only a few months before her death. She lived
for nearly sixty-three years in the monastery of Saint Clare in Venice ,
‘Piazzale Roma', where the extraordinary events related in this work took place
This humble Clare nun took
care to hide the extraordinary in the ordinary and cloth her heroism in
normality, to such a degree that not even her sisters, with whom she lived for
more than sixty-two years, had any suspicion that there was anything special
hidden in her life.
Even now they find it hard
to convince themselves that, concealed in that sister, who seemed just like
them in every way, was a mistery of exceptional grace.
In order to understand
this, it is necessary to take seriously the sentence with which sister Chiara
ended her most heroic self-offerings: "That no one may notice….Known
only to you and Mother” .
In 1950, whilst she was in
nocturnal adoration (something she practised every night, from 11pm until 2am,
for more than sixty years) the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to her and
entrusted her with a mission whose story we will tell briefly in this little
book, making use of the account that she herself wrote at the request of the
priest who directed her spiritually during the last period of her life.
This mystical experience is
linked to the request made by the blessed Virgin Mary to the Church, during her
apparitions at Fatima , to consecrate mankind to her lmmaculate Heart.
Mary chose an instrument
for this mission who was, at the same time, a sublime model of lived Marian
The relationship of this
humble Clare nun with the blessed Virgin Mary, whom she simply called
"Mother”, is of such an intensity and richness that it is hard to imagine
a more profound one..
It is difficu1t, in this
little work, to describe an existence that opened itself unconditionally to
Mary as her Mother and in whose heart she had made her stable home since the
first years of her adolescence.
For Sister Chiara "to
be in Mother's heart" meant to live uniquely and exclusively from its
special, secret contents.
She wished to incarnate in
her existence the faith, the abandonment and the docility of Mary to the will
Pope Paul VI in Marialis
Cultus states: “In the Virgin Mary everything is relative to Christ and
everything depends on Him”.
This assertion finds
admirable confirmation in the experience of sister Chiara who, both in Mary and
by Mary , is associated to Christ in an extraordinary tension.
Even though she loves Jesus
passionately, there is in her heart what she calls “martyrdom of love” ,
a fire that burns her from within and causes her to suffer terribly because she
does not love Him as she would. This martyrdom will finish only at the end of
her life when she will feel to love Him with Mother' s heart.
Venice . The
church and monastery of the Clare nuns of the Blessed Sacrament, the sweet nest
that sister Maria Chiara entered at the age of 19 and where she spent 62 years,
consuming herself as a gift of love to Christ and her brethren.
To those who asked him if
they could sit on his left and right side, Jesus replied: “Can you drink the
chalice that I must drink?”
Sister Chiara, urged by the
spirit of the blessed Virgin Mary, asked with insistence, as a grace, to drink
the chalice of Jesus not for the primacy of honour, but for the primacy of pure
love: “ May I be the last in everything, but the first in love”.
Jesus accepted to die on
the cross to save us, and Mary, his mother, lived in her heart the death of her
son at the foot of the cross. Sister Chiara, driven by the example of the Holy
Mother, asked to unite her life as a holocaust, for the salvation of all souls,
to the only salvific sacrifice of Christ.
On Calvary Hill everything was
consumed in the proclamation of Mary's universal maternity: “Woman, this is
your son” . Mary wanted this mystery of indescribable love to be reflected
in the heart of her little child, giving her the task of asking the salvation
of all souls in a prayer that became the breath of her soul: “That all, all
may be saved, that none of my sinful brothers may go lost”.
To conclude, sister Chiara
lived her Marian consecration putting her life at a docile, total and
unconditioned disposal of her Heavenly Mother so that she might make of it an
epiphany of her maternal ‘ Yes' .
Let us allow her, at this
point, to tell the story of the gift that the Heavenly Mother wanted to make to
all her dear children who love Her and live the consecration made to her Heart.
1. The personality of this
Clare nun can be known , even if still partially, from two books: “Sister
Chiara Scarabelli - Very Pure Icon of the Virgin Mary”. by Monsignor Luigi
Montanari, and “ The Fire of Love”, by Fra Alessandro Domenicale ofm.
2. The reading of the paper
“How I spend my day”, that she delivered to her spiritual Father, allows us to
catch the mark of extraordinary in the seeming daily monotony.