This same purity of heart strengthened and refined his most sacred sentiments. He loved his wife immensely and it was both striking and touching to see the depth of his love for his four children.
He was “poor in spirit,” completely detached not only from all that he possessed, but above all, from all that he was.
His heart was filled with “mercy”. In his presence, even the most miserable sinner felt forgiven and the poorest person felt like a king.
He was always a “peacemaker”, as is clear from the record of his political career. He reached the point of possessing such great meekness as to make you understand why the Gospel says those who have this virtue possess the earth. The kindliness and graciousness, with which he treated people, and his way of finding the right word for each person, won over all he met. They all felt respected and at ease. Young people related to him as equals. Many people affirmed, especially during the last years of his life, that a supernatural atmosphere radiated from him.
He was a superlative Christian, a scholar, an apologist, an apostle. Yet, when he encountered a genuine spring of water flowing from the Church, he was able to set aside everything to follow Jesus who was calling him to quench his thirst with that water. He realized it was a sign that the Holy Spirit is always alive and active within the Church.
He also lived the Gospel of humility. If he thought that someone in the Movement wanted to give him special honour because of his past accomplishments, he begged to be treated just like all the others.
Perhaps, however, what stood out most in Giordani was – as we have said – the Gospel of love. While thirsting for God since childhood, he had been called to live in the midst of the world. Then he had discovered a way, perhaps the surest possible way, to reach that which is Eternal. He described it as consisting of three steps, almost three points of a triangle – I, my neighbour, God. He was convinced that he would reach God by loving his neighbour, through each neighbour, serving all those he came into contact with throughout the day. This is what he did, and his soul reached great heights because the more he loved his neighbour, the greater was his union with God. And vice versa: the more he was united with God, the more refined was his love of neighbour.
Giordani was one of the greatest gifts that heaven gave the Focolare Movement. He dedicated much of his life to this new reality in the Church which also has another name: the Work of Mary. It is the Work of Mary because we all feel that here too, as in other times and places, it is above all Mary, the Virgin, the Mother of the Church and of humanity, who is at work.
We believe that it was Mary, whom he loved so much, who rewarded him by making of him one of her chosen children, leading him almost into the realms of the mystics.
Chiara Lubich, Tivoli, 28 September 1984