"The arm of Yahweh is not too short"
Her name is Anita.
A beautiful eighteen year old girl.
She had a boyfriend, a job, a good
She was happy with life.
The sun shone brightly in her life.
Until she went for a skiing holiday
Alps in Italy.
She slipped, broke her leg, found herself
in hospital, plaster on her leg…
complications started arising.
So much so, that the doctors had no
but to have her leg amputated.
An immense trauma for an eighteen year
Her whole life was still ahead of her.
What will happen now?
Everything had to be re-dimensioned
I met her over a year after all this
She was still in hospital, in Rome,
because they were trying to put together
a synthetic leg.
A nurse just told me: "Go and
-sorriso is an Italian word which means
I went and I was stunned.
Stunned at her joy!
She was smiling, laughing, cracking
No hint of self pity.
I just could not understand this pure
'How is this possible?' I kept saying
Finally I asked her…
"Excuse me. How can you be so
I still remember her precise words…
"Look, Pius, my name was Anita.
It was the nurses in this hospital
my name to Sorriso - Smile,
because they said I always wear a smile.
Why do I smile?
I don't know!
All I know is that
God loves me very much.
God is my Father
He knows what He is doing with my life.
In life, Father Pius, it is not important
how many legs you have.
What is important in life is that you
And I know that there is Someone who
she concluded as she pointed to an
Jesus which she had in front of her.
I was dumb founded.
And tears started filling my eyes.
But as I walked out of the hospital,
I remember saying to myself that
if being a Christian means something,
means precisely this.
Not a lot of exertion and sweat.
Not attending many rituals and long
Neither obeying laws and precepts to
But it means living a resurrected life.
After all the fact that Jesus Christ
from death two thousand years ago
would not mean anything today
unless there is someone among us who
from his death.
Resurrected life means living in freedom,
letting the music of Beauty entering
seeing the darkness of sin dispelled
joining the saints.
It is possible to rise and start smiling.
It is possible to come out of the tomb
It is possible to dance.
Even with one leg.
What a beautiful adventure the Christian
"Judith broke into this song:
Break into song for my God, to the
For the Lord is a God who breaks battle-lines;
He has pitched his camp in the middle
to deliver me from the hands of my
I shall sing a new song to my God.
Lord you are great, you are glorious,
A little thing indeed is a sweetly
Still less the fat burned for you in
But whoever fears the Lord is great for ever."
( Judith 16, 1-2. 13. 16 )
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