Monza (Milan, Italy)
We are Adele Leo and Valter Schiliró. We live in Monza (Milan, Italy) and have five children (Marta, Elisa, Guilio, Lorenzo, and Pietro). On May 31, 2006 we celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary.
By Sr. Beatriz Liaños, SHM
In a recent conversation with a friend of ours who is a doctor, we discussed the apparent increase of "rare diseases" that seem to be the "plague" of our modern world. This doctor is a prestigious nenatologist with over 30 years of experience, someonoe who knows what he is talking about. He expressed his concern, mentioning the fact that the hospital where he works has tripled its pediatric oncology medical team over the course of the last twenty years given that the incidence of childhood cancer, especially leukemia, is on the rise. According to this doctor, on average a case of leukemia is diagnosed "once a month and sometimes once a week." The conversation would definitely have proved most interesting, had it not been interrupted. I must admit, I had several more questions on my list for him.
By Sr. Ana María Cabezuelo, SHM
On March 7, 203, saints Perpetua and Felicity died as martyrs in Carthage (África).
During the persecution of Emperor Severo, there were five catechumens who were arrested in Carthage: Revocatus, Felicity, Saturninus, Secundulus, and Vivie Perpetua.
This last one was a young mother, only 22 years old. She was legitimately wed and had a little boy only a few months old. She was from a very rich and esteemed family.
Felicity was Perpetua's young maid servant.She was pregnant and while in prison, gave birth to a little girl who had to be raised by the other Christians.
Also with them, was the Deacon Saturno, who had instructed them in the faith and had prepared them for baptism. He did not want to abandon them, and as they had not taken him prisoner, he presented himself voluntarily.
By Sister Emma Haynes, SHM
I know someone who suffers from poor health. For this person, something as simple as climbing up the stairs becomes a heroic act and, on occasion, nearly impossible to do. As this person prays the “Our Father” and “Hail Mary,” he climbs each stair with increasing difficulty. Sometimes he does not even know if he will make it to the top. When he arrives at the landing, he looks at a painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe that is before him and says to her with a childlike heart, “Well, Mom, here we are. We’ve arrived.”
By Sr. Gema Díaz, SHM
Stephen means “crowned” (ste: crown). He is referred to as the “protomartyr” because he was given the honor of being the first martyr to shed his blood in proclaiming his faith in Jesus Christ.
"Blessed are you, Stephen, who by proclaiming your love for Christ while on earth, obtained the crown of martyrdom and the possession of the Glory of Heaven with Him for whom you died. Grant that we may obtain from our Lord, Jesus Christ, the same grace of imitating you in your love for our enemies, thus allowing us to give our lives, forgiving them with all our heart."
Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, Major Penitentiary of the Tribunal of the Apostolic Penitentiary, opened the “Misericordiae Vultus” Conference with a reflection on the words of Pope Francis in his Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, No. 14.
We now share with you an excerpt of a conversion story taken from the program: “Changing Tracks” from HM Television. You can also find other impacting conversion stories in the book: “Changing Tracks. From Darkness to Light.” Both can be accessed by visiting the following link: www.eukmamie.org
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