Lombardy. A testimony by Julian Urban

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  1. tomekos

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    Dear friends and enemies of Stilum Curiae, a friend told me about this dramatic and poignant story, reported by the website True Love in Jesus. Happy reading.

    A testimony by Julian Urban, 38 years old, Doctor in Lombardy

    Never in my darkest nightmares did I imagine that I would have seen and lived through what has been happening here in our hospital for the last three weeks. And the nightmare only grows; the river becomes bigger and bigger. At the beginning only a few arrived, then dozens, and then hundreds, and now we are no longer doctors, we have become mere sorters who decide who should live and who must be sent home to die, even if they are people who have paid Italian taxes for their whole life. Up until two weeks ago, my colleagues and I were atheists; this was normal because we are doctors and we have learned that science proves that God does not exist. I always laughed at my parents when they went to church.
    Nine days ago, a 75-year-old pastor came to us for medical help. He was a kind man, he had grave respiratory problems, but he had a Bible with him and it impressed us that he was reading the Bible to the people who were dying and holding their hands.
    We were all tired, discouraged doctors, psychologically and physically spent, and so we found that we were listening to him.
    Now we must admit: as human beings we have reached our limits, there is nothing more we can do, and more people are dying every single day. And we are exhausted. Two of our colleagues have died and others are infected.
    We realized that we have reached the limits of what man can do. We need God, and we have begun to ask for his help, when we have a few moments free. We speak among ourselves and we cannot believe that we who were fierce atheists are now seeking for interior peace by asking the Lord to help us to resist so that we can take care of the sick. Yesterday the 75-year old pastor died. Despite the fact that in the last three weeks we have had over 120 people die in our unit and we are all exhausted and feel destroyed, he succeeded, despite his own condition and our own difficulties, to bring us a PEACE that we no longer hoped to find.

    The pastor went to the Lord, and soon we will follow him if things continue like this.

    I have not been home for six days; I don’t know the last time I ate something; I realize my own worthlessness on this earth, and I want to dedicate my last breath to helping others. I am happy to return to God while I am surrounded by the suffering and death of my fellow men.”

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  2. AED

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    Thankyou for posting this. So so powerful. My father used to tell me "there are no atheists in fox holes". If the virus does nothing else it is a wake up call. God's megaphone.
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  4. tomekos

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    Italian priest who gave up respirator dies from coronavirus.

    Fr. Giuseppe Berardelli, a 72-year-old priest in Italy has died from coronavirus.
    Fr Berardelli, from Casnigo, in the Bergamo province in northern Italy, had reportedly tested positive for coronavirus. It is said that he gave a respirator which was purchased for him by his parishioners to a younger patient suffering from the virus. The news, reported by Italian news website Araberara, was shared on Twitter by James Martin, SJ, editor at large for America Magazine and consultor to the Dicastery for Communication in the Vatican. “’Greater love has no person…’ (Jn 15:13),” Fr Martin wrote on Twitter. Fr Martin explained that Fr Berardelli, who was from Casnigo (Bergamo), was “a ‘Martyr of Charity,’ a saint like St. Maximilian Kolbe, who in Auschwitz volunteered to take the place of a condemned man with a family, and was killed. “Don Giuseppe Berardelli, patron of those who suffer from coronavirus and all who care for them, pray for us!” he tweeted.

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  5. padraig

    padraig New Member

    Aww wonderful. What a saint!

    Although I hear once you go on the ventilators you never ever come off it again. Not one patient has ever come off one to recover. At least in Italy
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