Italy - 2011
Peace be with you all. May the Lord open our hearts.
We are Fausto and Adele, married for 12 years and parents of: José, 11; Ester, 10; and Pierrroberto who is 5 years old.
At our wedding in October of 1998, there were 7 priests present, all of whom are friends of ours, and from that day forward many graces and blessings have accompanied and sustained us throughout all our difficulties, large and small.
Adele: one of those priests was my brother, Piermodesto, who became a Cartusian monk two years ago in a strictly cloistered order of complete donation to the Lord. His radical election changed the way I lived my faith and led me to search for greater depth in the faith, but this search remained unanswered. The Most Blessed Virgin Mary gave me the answer when the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother arrived at our parish.
Our parish priest, Fr. Tino, had very much desired for our community not to remain without religious, after having had Italian religious among us for more than 100 years. The Holy Spirit guided our parish priest to Spain in 2009 where he discovered the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother.
Through that same Holy Spirit, I understood very clearly that the Home could be my new spiritual home. Through these sisters, I saw my most intimate spiritual desires fulfilled. I sought a path in which my entire family could have the same ideal. Something that would help us keep the light of prayer lit together, to have Jesus in the center of our lives, to open the doors of our house to the universal Church and to the suffering humanity. We had received all of these human values from our family, above all from my mother, who is a woman of great prayer and charity, and also from my father who has always taught us fidelity and gratitude towards God for all of his gifts. Now we are rediscovering and living these, and other, values thanks to our great new family in the Home. Today we can say that our family “beats with the very heart of Mary”, that also goes changing our hearts little by little.
The Home’s three missions have entered easily into my heart. As a Christian, the fundamental experience and, as the Fathers of the Church say, “without which one cannot live”, is the real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. This experience cannot be optional, for it is necessary in order to live in plenitude and be free. The Eucharist is the “mirror” in which we can evaluate the purity and splendor of our personal life, both as a matrimony and as parents, because he is the fount of Love, of all love, That is why it is so important to pray for priests, through whom we are given Jesus, and also for religious vocations. As a mother and catechist, I cannot deny all of the urgency and the beauty in announcing this to the young people in a world that is constantly changing.
Finally, I have discovered how marvelous and sweet it is to reach Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary: the Mom that consoles us, guides us, receives us, and always responds to our needs.