We had a wonderful “free day”. Time for prayer and reflection as some FMAs attended Mass at the Mazzarelli’s and some at the Parish Church. The fervor of the parish priest is felt as he delivers his sermon, helping his people with practical hints to practice the Gospel. The Group was invited to sing the recessional song: Here I am Lord that we sang with gusto.
Shortly thereafter we visited the parish crypt where there is a spectacular “presepio” (crib) of St. Sylvester. There are cribs from the FMA’s all over the world, beautifully displayed and in the interior, there is a nativity scene presenting Christ’s birth in the midst of life in Mornese. There is movement of every sort with lights as well. Quite a sight to behold and make a memory of it in your heart forever!
After our Mass, simply and well prepared by our Sister from Japan, we had a surprise visit from our Salesian priests and brothers who are presently in Turin. They are missionaries and will receive their cross on Sunday along with our FMAs. It was an added joy to see 38 of them from all parts of the world. They came to visit our beloved Mornese and learn more about St. Mary Mazzarello. Our Sisters here in Mornese are ever ready to welcome whoever comes!
In the evening we gathered once again to enjoy an animated recreation and presentation by the province of Japan. It was a moving time to reflect on the sorrows our Sisters and people in Japan have gone through in their experience of earthquakes and Tsunamis. Yet, their spirit of hope and helping others is shown in their generous giving and how all our communities are ready to help and share. We thank God for his continued Divine Providence to us all!