Italy – Three days with Fr Galli 2024

11 June 2024

(ANS – Chiari) – This year too the"Auxilium don Silvio Galli", a non-profit association for initial reception of marginalised people, and the Salesians in Chiari, have scheduled a "Three days with don Galli" event for the 12th anniversary of the birth into Heaven of the Servant of God Fr Silvio Galli, SDB (1927-2012).

On Friday 7 June, in the church of San Bernardino, there was an intense moment of prayer and adoration led by Msgr. Gaetano Fontana, Vicar General of the Diocese of Brescia, and a great devotee of Fr Galli.

On Saturday 8, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, Postulator of the Causes of Saints of the Salesian Family, spoke on "Miracles in the canonisation processes". Fr Cameroni, speaking of the scientific and theological assessment, stressed that "miracles are signs of salvation. Sometimes miracles are performed by God through the intercession of candidates for the honour of the altars. In these cases, among the secondary purposes is to offer the Church divine confirmation for the recognition of the holiness of a Christian."

He also presented some cases followed by the Salesian Postulation related to the canonisation of Blessed Artemides Zatti and the Beatification of Camille Costa de Beauregard. This was followed by the testimony of Fabrizia Perrachon, author of the book “Se il chicco di frumento. A true story of hope beyond prenatal death" of unborn children, of the importance of giving them a name and of the Providence that always accompanies us, even in the most painful trials. The drafting of the text was motivated by the grace received through the intercession of Fr Silvio Galli.

The  much appreciated musical accompaniment for the evening was performed by "Armonie in pizzico", an instrumental group that includes mandolins, mandolas, mandoloncello, guitars and cello.

 Mass was celebrated by Fr Roberto Dal Molin, Superior of the Lombard-Emilian Province on Sunday the 9th, at 5:30 pm, inside the Salesian Institute. Inspired by the liturgy of the Word of the 10th Sunday of Ordinary Time, he said that "Fr Silvio Galli saw in the story of many men and women the wounds that pandering to evil, listening to the Evil One entail. His prayer was strongly characterised by a desire to always be united with the Lord in order to be the vessel of his good grace; his life of penance was interpreted as a total self-involvement to ‘stand between’ evil and the repentant soul precisely by putting a stop to the spread of ‘damage’; the sacrament of Reconciliation to which he devoted so much energy was born from the conviction that it is possible to live an authentic ‘reparation’ that gives new life and curbs the drifts of a disordered life. Through his meekness, combined with firmness, he showed us how death and pain and discouragement do not have the last word; the Risen Lord can be encountered today as well, and through sacramental mediation he works effectively in us for our salvation".

He also said that “It is possible to distance oneself from evil; even if it seems that it gains immediately, even if it makes victims, because it does not have the last word; hope is rooted in Christ our Saviour. We reaffirm today that there is no greater joy than to be part of Mary's lineage, to follow Mary, to love Mary, to invoke Mary, to pray to the Virgin Mary. Fr Silvio was a teacher in this too. The Eucharist is the summit of participation in the divine life of the Son, who sacrificed his life for us; it is also possible today to draw the benefits of the sacrifice of Jesus who on the cross remitted our sins."

The celebration was animated by the  "Amici di Don Galli" musical group directed by Maestra Maria Baglioni.


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