[…] and I will remain in this cloister just as in the past the serf remained on the land he cultivated… Confitemi Domino, quoniam bonus, quoniam in saeculum misericordia eius: [Give praise to the Lord for He is good, for His mercy is everlasting.].

Other than God, nothing is important, nothing, nothing in the world, if there is life, it passes; if there is wealth, it vanishes; if there is health, it is lost; if there is reputation, it is attacked; ah, they will dissolve, they will perish. Father, permit me to remain here, awaiting the reward of good works, of good thoughts, of good desires – for God, who alone is good, takes into consideration even our good desires. God offers me so much! Don’t you want me to cultivate his friendship at once, to take into account at once all the great promises that He has made to me?… Dearest Father, I tell you: I have a great desire to do good and to pray constantly, in the house of God, for the glory of God, or rather, for the greater glory of God… in God’s house. (p. 8 Elisabetta Renzi- a biographical sketch, Caterina Giovannini, MPdA, Collana Ramoscello di Cedro vol. I, Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows, March 2007)

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