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).
The Volunteers of God is a branch of the Focolare Movement comprised of men and women from all social categories and professions who freely and radically follow God. This is the reason for the name “volunteer”. They live out the Gospel spirituality of unity in their daily lives
Since the beginnings of the Movement, Chiara Lubich felt urged to run out to humankind. Recalling those early days she stated: “I believe that our experience of when Jesus in our midst multiplied the loaves to help solve the social problems of Trent, it was an early manifestation of the vocation of the Volunteers, like a first seed.”