By Sr. Janet McCann, ASC

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Acuto, Italy, where my community, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, was founded by St. Maria De Mattias in 1834. (Learn more about the Adorers’ foundress and history here.)

I was there to help review proposals for funding formation and ministry projects for Adorers throughout the world, and to disburse funding. But I also found time to enjoy the beauty all around those of us gathered at the meeting.

The visit offered lots of contrasting images:

The quill and ink on the desk in the room of St. Maria De Mattias  and  the laptop used by Srs. Nadia Coppa and Hee Kyung Julianna Kim at the Congregation Fund meeting.


The door to the Stefani House, on Corso Vittori Emanuele, the main street in Acuto, where Maria lived from 1838-1843 and the automated gate which leads into the Maria De Mattias Center, located at the highest point in Acuto.



The chapel at the Casa Madre in Acuto and the tabernacle in the chapel at the Maria De Mattias Center.
An Italian Adorer and a Tanzanian Adorer
The narrow streets of Acuto and the fields and mountains in the distance

Have you had a chance to witness to “contrast images” in your own life recently?

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