I remind you of the novena of our Lady and please, tell the Sisters, particularly the novices that prayer matters very much but they should also unite the exercise of virtues to prayer. Every day of the novena give some alms or whatever you think best to the poor girls.

st. Magdalena di Canossa
Sister Erminia Cazzaniga – missionary in Timor l’Este

Sister Erminia Cazzaniga – missionary in Timor l’Este

Italian Canossian Sister who leaved almost 40 years in Timor-Leste.

She was the guide and a good consuellor of young people. The parish priest told about her: “She hepled always, to my family, too”… “She was the superior of the comunity in Manatuto, the citty among Baucau and a capital Dili, when I met her for the first time. I was visiting the village together with the bishop Belo and we stopped at sister’s convent to drink a cup of coffe“.

Sr Erminia loved for being sincere and with a sense of good humour, she laught and bantered about the bishop even if he was not only the bishop but also Nobel laureate. For her the bishop Belo, whom she knes as a young seminarist, was one of many  excellent persons whom she helped to grow. The rule of sister Erminia   – told father Martinho – consisted in encouraging people of a good will”.

That day it was perceptible the clime of the tension. Sister Erminia let us known that the violence of the soldiers was increasing. But on that moment nobody could have immagine that for some months this very good-tempered sister would be one of the victim of this crudelty.
In that fatal 27 of september she was killed together with her another canossian sisters while they were carying the food for the refugees.

In her last letter to the parish priest she had written: “You certainly know that we are in a full war…. The groups sostained by the miliciant are attacking and destroying our country.. Our mission today is not only to help, as talks saint Paul, but also cry with who is crying and share with who is in need. And also to strengthen in hope and trus in God our Father who doesn’t abbandon His little ones. Mary, Mother of Jesus intercedes for us for the miracle of the unity, peace and common love“.

Let’s pray with sister Erminia and ask, that many martyrs of the faith obtain for us by begging, the reconciliation and the visdom of the dialogue.