A few days ago when I was in a lot of pain, I complained to Jesus that it was a cursed illness. But soon afterwards I felt him reproach me. “No, Luigi, it isn’t cursed, quite the opposite, this illness is blessed, because thanks to this, you and I are much closer.” How true were those words! Thinking about it I would not change this illness for anything in the world. I thanked him. But then I had the thought, “I would like to go out and ‘evangelise’ like I did when I was young!” The very next day, a priest, whom I had met at work, said, “The word of God is really spreading in my diocese!” He was referring to a video prepared for Jubilee 2000, which had been distributed throughout ninety parishes of the diocese, which contained among others, my witness on my illness.
What joy I felt! With my heart full of happiness and my eyes full of tears, I said to Jesus, “How sensitive you are, how delicate is your love! Not even twenty-four hours have gone by and already you have answered me!”