Letters - 2020 - Page 5

Fr. Pigi Bernareggi

Brazil: The Coronavirus paradox


He has been a missionary in Belo Horizonte for 50 years. Fr. Pigi Bernareggi talks about his gaze upon life during the pandemic. Between existential anguish for the victims and astonishment at how, within such difficulties, humanity can flourish again.

The 2019 Exercises in Rimini

"Silence? It helps me look around”


Rosalba decides to donate the same amount of money to the Common Fund that she would have spent to register for the Fraternity Exercises. Why? "Following the movement, even in this period, I realize everyday what I am experiencing."

To look with Cecilia’s eyes


Her father being taken away in an ambulance. The darkness of uncertainty about the future. And the question, "How can I be happy in a situation like this?" Martina recounts what began to change within her, starting from a birthday party.

Straight to the Essential


Marissa and her fiancé's wedding is on hold. In the space of silence and uncertainty, here is what she discovers.

The memory of a path


With an ill daughter, fear quickly became oppressive. Carrón’s letter was a breath of fresh air, "the battle is not against the virus, it is a battle of faith.”

"Changed by a preference”


A technician comes to your house to fix the internet. You can watch him, making sure he works and does not steal. Or you can notice “something much more corresponding to me and to that man.”

"What prevails each morning"


A doctor in a Milanese hospital, an unthinkable situation for which he “thought he was prepared.” But instead discouragement and a feeling of uselessness dominated. And yet "I realized with surprise that something within me was resisting."

Fr. Bruno Castricini

"Fr. Bruno and the companionship of the Church"


He was obstinate, sometimes bad-tempered, but full of passion for Christ, who had conquered his life. To the point of making Him known to many through his yes. His friends in Turin remember him after his death.

Seeing Him Happening


At first she resists the restrictions required by the pandemic. But then Elisa recognizes a presence that calls her "out of nothingness."

"A small hint of light"


Parents write asking a million questions. New gazes emerge. We are silent because “everything speaks, says, explains, reveals, announces.” A letter from the founder of the “Imprevisto” rehabilitation community in Pesaro, Italy.

"Changed by a message: “God is there””


In Uganda, as throughout the world, measures to contain the epidemic are blocking activities and social life. And yet, between solitude and sadness, a text message is enough to change things.

Why did I choose to become a doctor?


Faced with collapse in the hospital, patients who were doing well beginning to die. María sees that she is not made to work like this, in the trenches. Amidst her crying, an essential companionship begins to break through.

Paraguay: proving that life is a gift


From her hospital bed, Adri lives the strangest Easter of her life, but discovers that she is never alone. "Now I can say "yes" again. Before, I could have perceived all this as a streak of bad luck."

"A step on the journey"


A coronary heart disease makes Roberto particularly at risk during this epidemic, which is raging in Spain. In such rigid isolation, how can one live the sense of belonging that the text of School of Community speaks about?

The new hospital at the Fiera di Milano

"The last word on what happens”


Paolo is on the front line during this emergency, as head of a company that does maintenance for electro-medical equipment. But working non-stop does not prevent him from discovering that "there is something greater than our fear".

Rosario, Argentina

Where is my consistency?


The economic impact of the pandemic is seriously threatening many jobs and businesses. From the anguish of seeing everything fall apart to the liberation of recognizing that "what defines us is not what we do, but that we have been preferred".