Day 2: Visiting Sanfrè and S. Lorenzo di Fossano
|Sisters in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament|
Having finished breakfast we prepared to meet the rest of the community, especially the sisters in the infirmary. This is always a precious experience, whilst at times it can be hard to see the suffering and the difficulties of our older sisters, it is the opportunity to revisit the many blessings which we have received because of their sacrifices. It is the time to let them narrate their experiences, the stories from the beginning of the foundations, the adventures embarked upon. This is all living witness to the strong faith which they have in God as well as a filial trust in the Founder Fr. James Alberione to help him realise his dream for the Pauline Family.
|With the sisters in the infirmary|
|With Mother Thecla|
|In the room where M.M. Scholastica Rivata spent her final years|
|Proud to be spiritual children |
of Blessed James Alberione
People can now visit the house and see it as it was (with some adjustments obviously). However with great taste and historical sensitivity, a conference room, chapel, dining area and living quarters for the two brothers who live there have been incorporated. Each sister expressed their marvel in being here in this place: it was really the return to the humble beginnings which sends us back to the poverty of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.
|Church of St. Lawrence|
Thanks to Don Gino, our Pauline brother for being a wonderful host and tour guide for the afternoon and for reminding us of the importance of being Pauline and incarnating the Pauline charism in our lives, striving always for holiness: A commemorative plaque on the wall of the Fossano house reminds us:" Holiness is the stubbornness to carry out the will of God always, in spite of the difficulties that arise!".
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