I live in Forlì with my husband Giovanni and our 3 little girls: 5-year-old Beatrice, 3-year-old Rebecca and 3-month-old Irene.
A year ago, after many sacrifices, we managed to buy our house, which on Tuesday was destroyed within 5 minutes by this terrible flood! It took everything away from us as our home was on the first floor. It is needless to express our anger and suffering.
The fear of not making it financially.
In the midst this tragedy, I am asking our Lord so much, "If it is true that you take away to give, then show me."
And I must say He is giving us something incredible.
A concrete companionship that is moving for us. My husband's fraternity from Bologna, our friends from Forli, the GS students. Everyone is working for us relentlessly.
It is an objective fact that the Lord is showing himself through the arms of our friends.
Our 3-year-old, as we were being taken away in the dinghy, said, "It is beautiful, because we are together."
The 5-year-old started crying after receiving our friends' clothes and toys, saying, "Mom, these friends love me, how can I thank them?"
There, their pure hearts immediately recognized the essential.
Today, with tears in my eyes, because the wound is great, I cannot help but recognize that He never leaves us alone and has preferred us by giving us a wonderful companionship of friends.
Thank you for the message to the whole movement and for fundraising.
During these days, many people in the community have given their availability to get involved as volunteers, going to shovel mud or do other services in the homes of people who were asking for help.
This was also facilitated through a chat we created in order to help the families in need more efficiently.
We gave our volunteers a meeting point by starting with a prayer, looking at the meaning of what was being started.
It was amazing how our whole community got involved.
At 9 p.m. every day we pray the Rosary together, with about 200 connected, and at 8:30 a.m. we have Mass at San Rocco, which is the parish in the neighborhood where I live, one of the most affected by the flood.
It is amazing how such a difficult and complicated time sets a community in motion.
In the face of what is happening, either you stop at appearances, or you go to the bottom of what you consist of, and become aware of who you are.
It is a continuous work.