At her father’s bedside, a Burundese focolarina remembers the deeply Christian lessons he gave to her.
During the summer of 1949, Giordani went to visit Chiara who had gone away for a period of rest in the valley of Primiero, in Tondaico, in the mountains of Trentino. They were intensely living the Gospel passage concerning Jesus’ abandonment. On the 12th of July Chiara wrote: “Jesus Forsaken! The important thing is that when he passes by we are attentive to hear what he wants to say to us, because he always has something new to tell us. Jesus forsaken wants us perfect: He is the only Teacher, Jesus, and he wants to take advantage of all circumstances to mold us, to round off the sharp edges of our personalities, to make us holy. The only thing we must do is to take in all these voices that arise from the circumstances as his voice. All that happens around me happens for me, it’s all a choral rendition of the love of God for me.”
Fernando and his wife Maria from the Italian town of Cagliari have had an experience of light in midst of the a world darkened by the shadow of death, and they have managed to overcome the fear that comes just saying a term like ALS, ‘amyotrophic lateral sclerosis’ (a form of motor neurone disease, also know as Lou Gehrig’s disease).