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Chiara Corbella Petrillo - A Witness to Joy & It's Good to be Here (2Bk Set)

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  • 2 Bk Set - Anew into the mystery of human existence and experience the joy of being alive
  • Chiara Corbella Petrillo - A Witness to Joy
  • Witness joy in the face of great adversity, the kind which makes love overflow despite the sorrow of loss and death.
  • It's Good to be Here: A Disabled Woman's Reflections on God in the Flesh and the Sacred Wonder of Being Human
  • A rich meditation on that beautiful mystery at the heart of our Faith: the Incarnation of Christ

Chiara Corbella Petrillo - A Witness to Joy

Chiara Petrillo was seated in a wheel chair looking lovingly toward Jesus in the tabernacle. Her husband, Enrico, found the courage to ask her a question that he had been holding back. Thinking of Jesus’s phrase, “my yoke is sweet and my burden is light,” he asked: “Is this yoke, this cross, really sweet, as Jesus said?”

A smile came across Chiara’s face. She turned to her husband and said in a weak voice: “Yes, Enrico, it is very sweet.”

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.”

Chiara entrusted her first baby to the blessed Virgin, but felt as though this child was not hers to keep. Soon, it was revealed her daughter had life-threatening abnormalities. Despite universal pressure to abort, Chiara gave birth to a beautiful girl who died within the hour. A year later, the death of her second child came even more quickly.

Yet God was preparing their hearts for more—more sorrow and more grace.

While pregnant a third time, Chiara developed a malignant tumor. She refused to jeopardize the life of her unborn son by undergoing treatments during the pregnancy. Chiara waited until after Francesco was safely born, and then began the most intense treatments of radiation and chemotherapy, but it was soon clear that the cancer was terminal.

Almost immediately after giving birth to Francesco, Chiara’s tumor became terminal and caused her to lose the use of her right eye. Her body was tested, and so was her soul as she suffered through terrible dark nights.

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?”

Each saint has a special charisma, a particular facet of God that is reflected through her. Chiara’s was to be a witness to joy in the face of great adversity, the kind which makes love overflow despite the sorrow from loss and death.

 

It's Good to be Here: A Disabled Woman's Reflections on God in the Flesh and the Sacred Wonder of Being Human

Written from the perspective of a woman who has been diseased and disabled since infancy, It’s Good to Be Here is a rich meditation on that beautiful mystery at the heart of our Faith: the Incarnation of Christ.

Author Christina Chase writes eloquently of the gifts and griefs of the bodily existence the Son of God chose to share with us. Full of wonder and gratitude for life, no matter how brief or painful, It’s Good to Be Here invites us to reflect anew on God’s love. This book will help you see Christ in each moment of your day. As you sip your morning coffee, make dinner, or laugh with friends, you will remember that God Himself ate, drank, and laughed at jokes.

Enter anew into the mystery of human existence, shared by the Creator of the Universe, and experience the joy of being alive—being here.

 

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Chiara Corbella Petrillo - A Witness to Joy

  • Author: Charlotte Fasi
  • Pages: 184
  • Format: Paperback 

It's Good to be Here: A Disabled Woman's Reflections on God in the Flesh and the Sacred Wonder of Being Human

  • Author: Christina Chase
  • Pages: 160
  • Format: Paperback
SKU:
9990918

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Chiara Corbella Petrillo - A Witness to Joy & It's Good to be Here (2Bk Set)

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