CHANGE UP A GEAR!
Venerable Antonio Rosmini
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, on 1 June 2007, authorized the Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the Decree recognizing the healing of Sister Ludovica Noè as a miracle attributable to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Antonio Rosmini, priest and Founder of the Institute of Charity and the Rosminian Sisters of Providence.
Change up a gear! Rosmini’s Beatification is at hand! This decree is the last step before the setting of the date and fixing of the place of the Beatification Mass itself. Already the Postulator of the Cause has met with officials from the Secretariat of State to initiate the arrangements. So, start saving your pennies! If you needed an excuse to visit Italy you now have one!
Sister Ludovica, a Rosminian Sister aged 48, suffered terribly for a year from advanced tuberculosis in the bones, the lungs and the intestines. This is her miracle story:
“…by the end of December every day made movement, eating, and breathing more difficult with the result that I desired to die rather than to continue in this state. On January 1st (1927) I received a visit from Carissima Madre (Mother General), who left on my bed two holy pictures of our beloved Father Founder, sent to her by Father General. It is impossible for me to express in words what I experienced at that time. I kissed them several times and pressed one of them to my stomach with the firm conviction that I would obtain, through that contact, prompt and immediate relief. To doubt appeared to be wrong: Father prays with me, I thought, and he will have pity on his suffering daughter; - and I immediately wept….. I began to vent my feeling with my beloved Father, more with tears than with words… ‘Oh, Good Father … your life was all charity, have compassion also on me! ... Father look at the state I’m in!.. O Good Father, pray also for me!’... then fingering my rosary beads I repeated: ‘Venerated Father Founder make me fulfil the Lord’s will’.
I noticed that my companion in the room had stopped eating and was looking at me with sympathy. In order to distract her and to get her to continue eating I wished to make a joke: - ‘Hey… would you like to see me jump out of bed?’ I said to her with a sudden laugh: and at that instant, feeling myself impelled to do it, I really did jump down. The poor elderly Sister begged me not to endanger myself. Instead I got dressed and twirled around the room, not believing the marvel myself, while my companion also looked at me incredulously and made me jump up and down, bending and straightening up, to assure her that it was not an imprudent joke nor an illusion.
The favour was granted and while the clock was striking 12 noon, I was out in the corridor testing my strength!
The Venerated Father Founder was truly a compassionate and charitable Father to me. He took all the illness away, leaving me free to sing the goodness of the Lord!
And this is just one of over 150 documented miracles which individuals have attributed to Rosmini right up to our day.
* Moved by Sister Ludovica’s story let us strengthen our resolve to pray through the intercession of Antonio Rosmini for all those in need of hope and healing. And as we prepare spiritually for Rosmini’s imminent Beatification let us add our voice to Sr Ludovica’s: sing the goodness of the Lord!
* The promulgation of the decree attributing a miracle to Antonio Rosmini is a cause for thanksgiving and celebration for everyone. Courageous thinker, prophet for the third millennium, evangelizer of culture, teacher of wisdom, bearer of witness to the power of Christ’s liberating truth and love. Let us rejoice that in him we find an inspiring disciple of Jesus Christ, a man passionate about the Church, an encouraging guide to robust holiness, a creative teacher of faith and reason, and a tireless witness to truth for our families, communities and societies today.
General Secretariat for the Beatification of Antonio Rosmini
(For further information concerning this miracle following the link to: Sr Ludovica Noè)