Every time we share the life and spirituality of St Annibale Maria Di Francia with others, or we read and reflect upon his writings, it is for me a joy to know him more and more. I feel like there is a fire burning in my heart, ardently desiring and praying to God to be like him. It is a challenge for me and an ongoing learning of what St Paul said to his disciples of Corinth: “Imitate me, just as I imitate Jesus” (1 Corinthians 11:1)
St Annibale is my inspiration. He keeps me moving on, particularly when I see that to follow Jesus sometimes means to suffer. I feel his presence, his protection and his example. He is not only a Padre to me but also a friend. In my everyday journey, little by little, I am beginning to understand the meaning of love and compassion towards the orphans, the poor, the aged and the sick… so often neglected; and the commitment of praying for more holy labourers. This becomes my life.
I love my Padre and I am happy and proud to be one of his spiritual children, continuing the mission – ROGATE – entrusted to him. It was God’s blessing to bring me here to this congregation of the Daughters of Divine Zeal (FDZ), and being introduced to the FDZ family.
I thank and praise the Lord with all my life!