Igino brought Chiara the wealth of his political and professional life, as a married man and father of a family, and as a cultured man who was passionately and courageously immersed in the world and in history. Chiara saw that he represented the whole of humanity, with its pain and its virtues, and considered him to be the seed from which sprang, as time went by, all the branches that she founded together with the new developments in the Movement. Because of his particularly significant contribution towards fulfilling the design of unity inscribed in the charism of the founder, Chiara considered him as a co-founder of the Focolare Movement.
Igino always dreamed of living like the first Christians, when there were no distinctions among them and no dividing walls between married people and virgins, between consecrated people and those whom he good-humouredly defined as “deconsecrated”.
On one occasion, in 1953, a group of young lay men and women were consecrating their lives to God in the Focolare Movement and taking vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Giordani was filled with wonder at the prophetic message conveyed by this act, and he launched into praise of virginity and life spent in the focolare at the service of the lived Gospel. He spoke in such marvellous terms that Chiara replied with a completely new idea. “But what are you lacking, Foco, to belong completely to God? If you are detached from everything so as to love God alone; if you are living charity, then God dwells in your heart and since God is ‘virgin’, who could be more virgin than you?” This was more or less what she said and she went on to explain that it is not physical virginity that generates perfection (“There will also be virgins in hell”) but spiritual virginity. What was unthinkable at the time, long before the Second Vatican Council, at that point happened: Igino consecrated his life to God and became the first married focolarino. The married focolarini observe the guidelines set out by their consecration, which also reflect the duties of marriage and family obligations.