Sanctuary of Lucy

Venice, Italy

Lucia tells us that life is meant to be given. You have lived this in the extreme form of martyrdom, but the value of the gift of self is universal: it is the secret of true happiness. Man is not fully realized in having or even doing; it is realized in loving, that is, in giving oneself. And this can also be understood as the secret of the name Lucia: a person is luminous to the extent that he is a gift to others. And every person, in reality, is a precious gift.

Pope Francis

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