In chapter 3, “A Sunbeam for Everyone,” Chiara expands upon the image of light. Like the sun, God sheds his light on the world, touching each person with a ray of love meant just for them. Loving God is not a matter of feelings but of doing his will, and we know God’s will by discerning our particular ray, our “sunbeam.”
Following that ray leads us closer to God, and also closer to each other. By listening in each present moment to their inner “little voice,” those who live the Ideal discern their individual way to holiness, and together compose “the magnificent design of his [God’s] love in all its splendor.”
And that magnificent design was shaped by the Word of God. During the war, Chiara and her companions began by living the words of the gospel.