Beatification of Teresa Bracco, Giovanni Maria Boccardo and Teresa Grillo Michel
This is the case, for example, of those who are proclaimed blessed here in Turin today: Teresa Bracco, Giovanni Maria Boccardo and Teresa Grillo Michel
3. Teresa Grillo Michel
is another shining witness of Gospel charity.
was called by the Lord to spread love especially among the very poor, through the congregation of the Little Sisters of Divine Providence which she
From a well-to-do aristocratic family, she
first embraced the marital vocation, being wedded to Giovanni Battista Michel, a captain of the Bersaglieri.
However, widowed at the age of 36 and without children, she
felt spurred to devote herself totally to the service of the lowliest.
became a mother to so many of the abandoned: orphans, the elderly, the sick.
When she began her work in Alessandria, the city of her birth, she said: "The poor are increasing faster than I can manage, and I wish I could open my arms further to welcome so many under the wings of divine Providence".
The Eucharist was the heart of her
spiritual life and that of her
sisters, and she
wanted its image to be seen on their religious habit.
From prolonged prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, Teresa drew inspiration and support for her
daily dedication, as well as for her
courageous missionary projects which several times took her
as far as Brazil.