INTERVIEW WITH MARIA TERESA AND RUGGERO, parents of Chiara Luce

It is very rare that parents of a Venerable figure are present during the child’s beatification. As a matter of fact I do not know anyone who had this opportunity, except for Ruggero and Maria Teresa, the parents of one of the younges beatified person, Chiara  Luce Badano.

This brief transcript was during the beatification of Chiara only last weekend.

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INTERVIEW WITH MARIA TERESA AND RUGGERO

Ruggero: I couldn’t conceive a marriage without children, so when I went out with my friends, many of whom were already married and already had children, I suffered a lot, but without saying anything. But I prayed, I tried to pray also while driving, since I was a truck driver.

Maria Teresa: Ruggero had prayed for the umpteenth time in a shrine of our diocese and that’s how it happened. When Chiara was born, she was immediately a gift from Our Lady for us. With her arrival, we felt the grace of our marriage sacrament even stronger. This daughter completed our union and increased the love between us. Chiara grew up beautiful and healthy and she gave us great joy. But right from the start we felt in our hearts that Chiara was not only our child. She was first of all God’s child, and as such, we had to bring her up with respect for her freedom.

Source:  Photo from Servizio Informazione Focolari’s photostream, Transcript from Focolare Official site

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