Spirituality: Father Dario and Mother Eusebia Disciples of Jesus Crucified: Utmost Revelation of Love

“Lord, let us know your will. What is your will on us? We need to know it: may you grant us to know it!”
And not only know it. We need to love it: may you grant us to love it!” Finally, we must also fulfill it: may you grant us to fulfill it!
You alone, Lord, can give us all this: may you grant us to know, love and fulfill your will. May you grant us to do your will always, and only your will.
But this will we shall never be able to do if you do not you teach us to fulfill it.
You, therefore, who are the Father of light, light us, teach us. Our good God, teach us to do your will.
Lord, what do you truly want from us?
Speak, O Lord, speak and make me understand. How can we contradict you?
We hope never to contradict you, so if you, with your grace, open up our ears to hear you.
Anyway, what do you want, Lord? What do you want us to do?
We commit ourselves to You: do with us what you will, but have mercy on us.”
(Father Dario Bognetti)

... The great Work of God ...

The icon that best represents the life and mission of Padre Dario Bognetti (1865-1930) and of Mother Eusebia Arrigoni (1868-1939) is one of two people who we can always find kneeling at the foot of the cross.

God Love guided their existence by paths not always humanly understandable. Mother and Father Dario Eusebia constantly felt like the object of divine Providence. They always believed in God's love and surrendered to it, full of confidence and holy boldness, even in the most difficult , obscure and painful times. The whole life of our religious family of Daughters of St. Eusebius of Vercelli was born from the cross.

'Only God' is the true subject of their story, and they, through the continuous pursuit of God's will, the acceptance of his designs, the ever deeper purifications, they became 'Work of God'. And thus became, along with all the sisters who, attracted by God, followed in their footsteps, along with all the poor and the abandoned, loved with fondness.
When Father Dario and Mother Eusebia speak of their 'Great Work' they have a clear perception of a calling that comes from God. They perceive themselves as bearers of a great love and great compassion from the very heart of God, who sends them to a huge crowd of people with sufferings, excluded, abandoned by all, to express to them through the humble and generous daily service the great value of dignity: ... they are the apple of God's eyes, they are the most beloved children of the Father, they are Jesus who continues his incarnation, his passion and his resurrection.

The 'Great Work' is like one crucified Jesus; around that painful abandonment moves the liturgy of charity of the founders and the first sisters, as the small nascent church at the foot of the cross. A liturgy of paternity, maternity, fraternity, membership, washing, curing, anointing the wounds of Jesus in the poor, the suffering, the small, in the abandoned: the wounds of the Total Christ, put on the knees of Mary, who lives the universal motherhood.

The Lord asks us eyes to see and heart to realize all the tenderness and sacred sense that trespasses the speech and gestures of Father Dario, Mother Eusebia and the first sisters, on behalf of those who only a great faith and a great love can call spontaneously and enthusiastically: ... our pearls, our treasures, our jewelry, our owners...

At the beginning of the 'Great Work', the service of charity is called 'ministry'. So it is a priestly and royal worship, offered with very poor means, but with great dignity. And the first sisters should have felt honored when they were invited to offer with respect, on a plate or tray, a cup of water to the least of their suffering children. Father Dario had in fact found the source of the evangelical, Eucharistic and sacrificial love of Jesus. He pointed this love to his daughters as a permanent program of live, a program that still speaks to us through the writing engraved at the entrance to the house of Mother of Vercelli: “The worship of the poor is part of God's worship. They should honor themselves as the holy altars” (Chrysostom).

The poor should remain in the most precious inheritance, received from God in the initial call. No fragment of humanity should be lost or remain excluded from the banquet of love to which God calls, in unit, all his children scattered everywhere. Father Dario, to witness the option for the poor, includes in the early handwritten Constitutions the fourth vow: to commit with their own lives and, forever, to the service of the weak, the last ones, the unwanted, and, finally, any forsaken. The church did not accept to add a fourth vow, but the spirit remains alive in all its essence. Any person who asks us where our true treasure is, pointing our 'small ones' from every time and place, we must answer: “... here are our jewels.”

As happened in the early years of the foundation, even today one should not understand the family of St. Eusebius of Vercelli without the new poor, whatever their faces, in which Jesus crucified and forsaken keeps repeating: “... Thou hast done it unto me.. “

... The first spark...

Often, in our family of Daughters of St. Eusebius, we go back to that moment, to that meeting, when we all feel initial and providential.

We are in the early days of year 1897. Two young alms sisters of Santo Natale of Turin, among them Sister Francisca (future Mother Eusebia) as usual are welcomed into the Bognetti family of Albano Vercellese. For the first time the son priest, Father Dario, vice-parish priest are present at Confienza Lomellina.

Here the first providential meeting takes place, here the first spark of the 'Great Work' is born, but the two instruments of God were completely ignorant. Father Dario keeps in his heart some concerns that fuel his attitude in seeking God's ways. He is happy in his priesthood, but a call in the call seems to open a path in his life. Sister Francisca seems to him to be the right person and wise person to ask for counsel.

He confides to her: “... it has been a while I have wanted to become a missionary or go to a religious house as chaplain or a spiritual guide of a monastery.” Sister Francisca had overcome the inner difficulty to offer advice to a priest, and thus replies: “... remember that you're an only child and your parents are elderly. The missions are already in your hands, where obedience has put it, in the city of Confienza. If it is God's will that you become a spiritual priest or chaplain of any institute or congregation, rest assured: when the time is right the Lord will please you. For now gladly do the holy will of God, obeying your parish priest.”

Who but Providence motivated Father Dario himself to manifest to Sister Francisca his deepest aspirations? From this moment, a reciprocal spiritual dialogue starts, which will mark the path of Father Dario and Mother Eusebia, leading them to a continuous 'joint-sanctification'.

The meeting of Albano Vercellese is concluded simply with a plea from Father Dario to Sister Francisca for her to intercede with her superiors in favor of two young women who wish to become religious, but for lack of dowry, are not accepted in any community. He, as a spiritual guide, becomes the guarantor of their vocation and desire to serve the Lord.

The divine providence provides that, on the same day that the two recommended young women from Confienza enter Santo Natale of Turin, Sister Francisca, with great surprise and pain, be refused and dismissed from the congregation. This happens in the morning of March 29, 1897. Forcibly and against her own will, without understanding the true motives of this sudden decision, Sister Francisca (Luigina Arrigoni) leaves Santo Natale, followed by Sister Cristina, who freely decides to accompany her in the ordeal that she unfairly receives. Maybe for all her life she wondered why this occurred without explanation. Even for her sister, Sister Daria Arrigoni (1894-1975), can give an explanation of what happened. After the death of Mother Eusebia, still it will be Mother Daria who will feel the need to visit the founder of Santo Natale, Mother Natalina, already advanced in age and nearly blind, to receive direct light on what happened. Welcomed with great emotion, she will receive from Mother Natalina only very positive appreciation about Sister Francisca.

Even today we can ask why, but we will have no other answer than that which comes from a providential project of love, going beyond us and guiding events toward the good that only God knows. So it was with Joseph, sold by his brothers into slavery in Egypt. He lived years of weeping and outrage before understanding why he had been sold. The Word of God explains everything to us as an event of salvation: Joseph is a messenger of God who waits for his brothers.

Right now Luigia Arrigoni (Mother Eusebia) begins to realize her calling as a sequel of Jesus Crucified, supreme revelation of God's love. And from there she realizes, with peace in her heart, in the darkness of trial, which is inwardly guided by the same Jesus. It will be Him who will show the mysterious roads of the will of God in your life. Embrace the cross and leave..., God will tell you where to, without any project or human support. Only the light of faith and a great love of God sustains it.

... Will of God and the cross...

Sister Francisca and Sister Cristina knock at the door of the Sacramatine sisters of Rivolta d'Adda for a long period of prayer and seeking God's ways. Sister Francisca, with great openness of heart is accompanied by the spiritual priest in her discernment, mother general and the mistress of novices. She is encouraged to stay in that religious family, but during Eucharistic adoration she realizes Jesus' answer: “... for you, Sister Francisca, I'll think about it! ... “.

With courage and grief, after three months, pays for the boarding, leaves this house, by the sheer will of her beloved Jesus. Following the voice of God, with faith she goes down the path he will show her again, only trusting in divine providence. Sister Cristina escorts her, despite the insistent invitation of Sister Francisca to let her free to stay there.

Together they come to Milano. They ask the Lord for light and the Franciscan priests of the church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for advice. They rent a small room at Independence Avenue 8, and here they begin the mission to which they feel called: to welcome the little ones who need care and assistance, stand ready for the education of youth.

While, with God's blessing and the support of the people, the community grows in number with the addition of two new members, the first letter of Father Dario Bognetti arrives unexpectedly in March of 1898 from Confienza. He expresses himself thus: “... I have no qualms about stealing a moment from the Lord to write two words to a person that I believe to be at the foot of the cross of the Lord. This person is you, Sister Francisca...”.

He expresses his surprise to learn that she is no longer at the Santo Natale of Turin. He does not know the reason for such decision. He apologizes for not being able to have written to her. He encourages her to continue in her pursuit of vocation, prostrate in front of the Crucified One. He would you like to receive news from her. He asks her to pray much for him and confirms his remembrance of her in daily Eucharistic celebration. He says goodbye still leaving her at the foot of the Lord.

Of course the reply from Sister Francisca did not take long, even if the letter has not been saved. It is known that Father Dario visits the sisters of the community of Milan and, in the letter of May 6, 1898, he give thanks for the generous hospitality with which he was honored. Each morning he blesses them from the altar and now experiences a deep communion with them in the Eucharist. The meeting of Milan raises in the sisters the spontaneous requirement of calling him “Father”. And he, for the first time, dares call them 'my dearest daughters'.

Within him contrasting feelings fight: on the one hand he wanted to be 'Father' of them for the love that he already feels for each and for the pain of seeing them abandoned. On the other hand he realizes all his smallness. He fears and suffers to tears. Throughout the month of May, he insistently asks prayers to the daughters of Milan and the many young women he accompanies in spiritual direction. He knows that “the good Lord sometimes makes use of the poor.” It is certain that the Virgin Mary knows his sincere intention and will bless him.

However he recommends to the daughters: “... be good, make yourselves holy and remember that true holiness is in those words of the Our Father: Thy will be done. Love one another with a pure and sincere love and have courage. From thorns roses bud, and these are so much more beautiful, how much more were those hard and sharp ...”. To do with love the will of God is the master road to holiness, which Father Dario always taught his daughters. Sister Clelia, one of the first sisters who lived with the founders, on the occasion of the centennial celebration of priestly Ordination of Father Dario (1990), gladly gave this testimony: “Father Dario rooted in us the conviction that to make us holy it is enough to do everything, always and with love, at God's will, consciously and generously repeating: “Thy will be done.”

He even learns it by daily contemplating the Crucified Jesus obedient unto death on the cross: the supreme manifestation of God's love, love to the gift of life to us. In prayer, Father Dario penetrates to the depth of God's heart and begins to look with the heart of God. Sit always touched by this pierced heart. It is this wealth that he discovers on his first visit to Milan and writes: “I wish to take care of that ever living heart of Sister Francisca, that heart of gold of Sister Cristina, Sister Elizabeth and that little one of Mary!” And when, some months later, he sends to Milan the first young woman of Confienza, thus he will encourage her: “I thanked the Lord because she likes to be with us, ready for the great sacrifice. Yes, courage, the boy Jesus wanted for himself the poverty, the humiliation, the sacrifice of himself. In doing so, you did not err: you are not in the in the middle of the riches of a treasure, but in the middle of the riches of the heart “(12/28/1898).

... Charisma and cross...

The life of Father Dario is marked by the sign of the cross. The divine providence planned that on May 3, 1898, the feast of the Holy Cross, he would receive the revelation of the charism which God entrusted to him for what was to become the religious family of the Daughters of St. Eusebius of Vercelli. He thus writes to the small community of Milan, on May 6, 1898:”... The day before yesterday, the feast of Santa Cruz, I had a thought, an inspiration. I do not know if one it will be reality or remain a dream. On my first trip to Milano, which I who hope to be in late May or early June, I will show you. For now do not make any decision before you have spoken to me ... “.

The Holy Spirit, which inflamed the heart of Father Dario with love of preference for the poor and suffering humanity - incarnate face of Jesus, crucified and forsaken, also infects Sister Francisca and her first companions. In prayer, in fraternal sharing, in the continuous discernment, they prepare to live the original inspiration as a common event. A light of certainty and a flame burning inside lead them all to a mutual decision that they feel last and final. It can be seen that the Spirit is the protagonist, who operates fusion into a single divine call. And everything they once went through, of trial and pain, is reinterpreted as webbing of providential events that guide this unexpected divine plan. From eternity, God loved us and called us by name, not only individually, but as a religious family.

In October 1898, the Sisters of Milan inform Father Dario of their decision to join him to accomplish the same 'Great Work'. In the priests heart a hymn of exultation explodes, which he communicates to the daughters, in the letter of October 30, 1898: “... Blessed be the Lord and blessed forever. This is the word that I respond to your final decision: “Blessed be the Lord and blessed forever! ... “

Only an inner light makes them realize that God has birthed a new family. But externally there is no sign or road traced. The path is everything to discover and travel. To part is still based on faith, where, how and when God wills. But one thing is already certain: God wills it!

Divine Providence will think about the rest. Also for Father Dario and for the first sisters the experience of Mary is renewed, after the announcement of the Angel: part hastily towards the mountain. Cousin Isabel exclaims: “Blessed are you who have believed in the fulfillment of God's Word.”

They are meetings of grace which only those who are touched by God can perceive, with the freshness of those evangelical boys of whom Jesus speaks. On this spring morning, everything seems traversed by a stream of evangelical simplicity and joy, as happened in the early Christian communities and as it was renewed in the experience of Saint Francis and Saint Clare with their first followers.

... Seeking God's will and cross ...

Only God who called in such mysterious ways will be able to explain the modes of the concrete realization of his 'Great Work'. Father Dario has made his fundamental choice: “Only God!” Yes, seek God alone, listen to God alone, live for God alone, and be guided by God alone. But no one has seen God: the only begotten Son revealed Him to us. The supreme revelation of God Love is Jesus Crucified.

Father Dario learned everything at the school of this only Master and guided his daughters to this school, teaching them a bright, intense and assiduous prayer: to know the will of God and to learn to love like Him, to the gift of life. It was not a practice among the others, not a simple devotion, it was to introduce them to a spiritual experience.

From this moment (October 1898), four times a day, the sisters are all kneeling in front of the Crucified One for a prayer that becomes a dialogue of love, like that of Jesus with the Father:

“Lord, give us know your will. What is your will on us? We need to know it: may you grant us to know it!” And not only know it. We need to love it: may you grant us to love it!” Finally, we must also fulfill it: may you grant us to fulfill it! You alone, Lord, can give us all this: may you grant us to know, love and fulfill your will. May you grant us to do your will always, and only your will.

But this will we shall never be able to do if you do not you teach us to fulfill it. You, therefore, who are the Father of light, light us, teach us. Our good God, teach us to do your will. Lord, what do you truly want from us? Speak, O Lord, speak and make me understand. How can we contradict you? We hope not to contradict you, so if you, with your grace, open up our ears to hear you.

Anyway, what do you want, Lord? What do you want us to do? We commit ourselves to You: do with us what you will, but have mercy on us.”

At Christmas of 1898 came a decisive maturation: Father Dario, during the Eucharist, lives an intense experience of communion with the daughters of Milan and all the poor that are waiting to be accepted and loved with the same heart of God. And with the heart of God he sees the mission entrusted to him, discovers the heart of charism, and sees clearly the true Great Work of God. Facing such a great call, he feels more intensely the need to pray: “Grant, Lord, that our great and most difficult work, which will have no other purpose than that to express how great your heart is for the unfortunate poor and forsaken, that we may see it triumph.”

The need arises to announce visibly, not with words but with deeds, that every man is precious in God's eyes, that He prefers the small, the weakest and he despises nothing that he created because the Lord is life loving. To feel touched and take care of the forsaken is to reveal the tenderness of God's heart, is to sing the triumph of his great love, is to live as St. Augustine said: “You see charity, you see the Trinity.”

This is the evangelization entrusted to the Daughters of St. Eusebius of Vercelli. It is a difficult task because it is entrusted to frail and limited people, who only operate with inadequate and poor resources, and not infrequently in non-favorable contexts. So it is a mission that must routinely immerse its roots deep in prayer, till it penetrates the heart of God. It must continually surrender to the power of God's action.

On that same Christmas Day, 1898, the community of Milan, which now has three new young women sent by Father Darius, lives a strong experience of communion. The sisters, all together around sister Francisca, as a gift, profess obedience to the one whom, for the first time, they recognize as 'Mother'. They declare themselves ready at any sacrifice, to the gift of life, the advantage of the nascent 'Great Work'.

Sister Francisca soon communicates this event to Father Dario. And he, on December 28, 1898, replies with emotion and gratitude. He feels the heart full of courage, audacity, consolation to the one who, by all, is now called Mother. Facing one so readily available to obedience and the gift of the very life of these first daughters, he feels such an encouragement that he would already have a house available to be able to perform immediately, in the name of the Lord, the move to Vercelli.

He trusts in divine providence that the answer will not fail him, at the earliest possible time, more than anything by the generosity of his daughters and by the unity that was created among all of them in mutual love. The same Jesus is the strength of the recent community cohesion. Father faithfully trust in the word of God that he sees fulfilled: “Power joined to the other power becomes stronger!” This unit can only be the work of the Holy Spirit and renews the presence of the Risen Lord in our midst. With a similar assurance in the heart, Father Dario dares ensure the start of the 'Great Work' in Vercelli in March 1899!

... Faith put to the test...

As everything starts to run towards the goal so bright, suddenly the faith of Father Dario, sister Francisca and the first sisters goes through a great purification. A series of circumstances seems to contradict the strong experience lived on the Santo Natale day. The rise of a difficulty after another leaves them disoriented and asks for a continuous and courageous discernment and even more intense prayer.

In January 1899 the community of sisters goes to Vercelli to find the lady Quarelli. She is well prepared to protect the nascent religious family of the Daughters of St. Eusebius in Vercelli. She is ready to provide the necessary for the subsistence of the sisters and the poor. She provides a safe harbor to begin, and to insure the continuity of the work. The lady has a character that is firm, strong and sure of herself, but at the same time a big and generous heart. She wishes to love all as sisters, not to let them have need of anything, to think of everything so that everything goes well.

What will the daughters decide when they get back to Milano? So wonders Father Dario, conscious of his own poverty and convinced that he cannot offer guarantees. He invites all to pray and reflect very, very seriously because it is a choice for life. Perhaps lady Quarelli, perhaps other priests who are better scholars and experts could better lead a nascent institution. He is willing to do anything, even to renounce his paternity, if this is God's will for the good of all. But he cannot hide how much suffering such decision can cause him.

Father Dario has been looking for a home in Vercelli for a long time and can find none. Is it better for the community to stay in Milano? But how could he live with them? Traveling and writing each week as he has done so far? He would have felt all of that, and how long could it last? How to respond to the poor of Vercelli who are waiting? However, it adds a new difficulty: what would be the sense in transplanting the community to Vercelli if the project of an honorable deputy who is struggling to open a branch of Cottolengo in Vercelli were implemented?

It has been a long time Father Dario has been working on developing a rule to present it to the archbishop of Vercelli for approval. The first Sisters testify that the Father has written it almost every night, not to take time from his pastoral commitments, and has written it on his knees. Having received a copy, the sisters submitted it to be revised by lady Dalmazia of Milan, who criticized it a lot.

On the other side, Curia of Milano is interested in the community from Independence Avenue 8 and, through a visitor priest, she declares herself quite willing to bring up in Milan an institution dedicated to the suffering humanity.

All these setbacks have dismayed Father Dario. Never in his life has he found himself in such a difficult and confusing situation. He prays incessantly and asks the daughters to do the same.

Before Jesus Crucified, the sisters find their deepest peace. From Him they receive spontaneous impulse to refuse the material security of lady Quarelli and the support from Curia of Milan, which seems to flatten all roads. In poverty and in the darkness of faith, the daughters choose once again to live in communion with God and serving the suffering humanity, in the company of Father Dario who wants to bring them to Vercelli, where there are no works in the service of the most forsaken and suffering people. They continually go back to the first inspiration. They are willing to wait for the approval of the rule and the consensus of the archbishop of Vercelli, before leaving in full gratuity and in greatest uncertainty.

The sun shines again on the horizon of Father Darius who is not afraid this time to express the fullness of his heart to his “ a hundredfold dearer daughters,” embracing them at the feet of Jesus Crucified, together with St. Eusebius. We are in February, 1899. Father Dario again seeks a home in Vercelli. He feels comforted because he realizes that the Great Work will be accepted by all and also finds encouragement from some priest friend. He is looking forward to being able to stay long in the community, sharing the joy of feeling as family, enjoying the presence of Jesus among them.

He announces that on Friday, March 3, 1899, he will go to the Archbishop to submit the rule, and he directs the following invitation to the daughters:”... You all that day, approaching the holy communion, like Mary at the wedding at Cana, speak in the ears of Jesus that so many, many poor patients suffer immensely because they are abandoned ... “.

The Marian profile of Father Dario appears bright. He too, like Mary at Cana, lives the delicacy of the love of those who see with the eye of God, who see, before all and on behalf of all, the needs of the suffering ones who nobody thinks about and tells it to Jesus. He leaves first, makes himself the intercessor of the weaker brothers and introduces to the daughters the ways of the greatest love, who makes intercession for those who suffer and have no voice: “Do whatever he tells you.”

Jesus Crucified and the Eucharist, loving and powerful presence of God among men until the end of time, will be the perennial sources where Father Dario will stand for his lifetime, on behalf of his weaker children. He will go by among his poor to distribute a smile, wipe the drool from the mouth, caress, offer comfort, but choose for himself he will choose, above all, the greatest love: worship and intercession. He will spend whole nights kneeling before the sacred Host, to sustain the forces of his daughters or to get the grace of conversion from a patient healed at his own home.

In the letter of introduction of the rule, so he writes to the Archbishop: “The humble author, moved at the sight of so many unfortunate, wretched, suffering and poor people because they were abandoned by the hospitals and even their own families, has the audacity to ask to start a new religious family of consecrated daughters to respond with the tenderness of God's heart, to the unspoken needs of the poorest and most rejected, in which they see Jesus poor, crucified and forsaken.”

Father Dario revives in his flesh and in his heart the compassion of Jesus before the disoriented crowd . Who before him saw this crowd of poor people in the waiting? Only Father Dario, in Vercelli, saw so much misery, hidden from the eyes of all, and felt moved, challenged, called by God to respond in the first person.

Many others, who had not seen before the very justification before the blossoming of the 'Great Work', will bow to criticize the inability of the one who tried to start up a business above his abilities and will even come to persecute him. The small, on the contrary, will rejoice for having found a father, a mother, some sisters, a true family where they can breath the same love of God.

... The “great work” is born amidst extreme poverty...

Saturday, March 19, 1899, Father Dario goes to the archbishop, Dom Pampirio to get an answer.  With great displeasure he claims not to have the condition to speak out because, due to his pastoral visits, he only managed to read a few pages of the rule. The sisters of Milan, however, definitely should leave the apartment before Easter. Father Dario decides that the sisters move from Milano to Vercelli and communicates it to the Archbishop. The community will provisionally rent an apartment while the Archbishop's decision and the approval of the rule are pending.

He sets out to leave, once again, in a very precarious condition. Everything is still provisional until the church speaks out. Only the inner light and a confidence without measure in the divine providence makes exclaim to Father Dario: “Courage, may nothing trouble us. God wants you!” But the daughters become aware that when they reach Vercelli, great sacrifices wait for them. Unknown, without support and without money, they shall provide the suffering and abandoned only with the money from their own hands and their own work. And adds: “This work is necessary for Vercelli. Come cheerfully, the house awaits you, let the furniture come...

Certainly the first few months we will be dispersed and alone. But when they do not believe us, at that time our Great Work will begin to triumph... And if God allows, in a few years, but I do not believe it, will we reach defeat? The true followers of Jesus must always be available to the fire testing. Therefore, courage... God wants you!”

The doctors encourage a work so necessary for Vercelli; they ensure support and free supply of medicines. The house apartment Rivera on Avenida Palestro has only two bedrooms and is very tight for the work. But it's enough to leave, joyful in the Lord.
St. Eusebius will think of everything. True, there is still no approval of the rule, but they thank the Lord together because the Archbishop has not manifested against it. They feel in their hearts that the work will be approved also by the people of Vercelli.

On March 29, 1899, Holy Tuesday, a small group of sisters leave the house of Milano to reach Vercelli, with great pain and longing for the people who already loves them and helps them.

Thus the family of the Daughters of St. Eusebius of Vercelli is born, ministers to the sick. Father Dario lives it as the ideal continuation of the female monastery of Saint Eusebius (IV century). From this point on the mother founder will be called Sister Eusebia, in memory of the holy sister of the first great bishop of Vercelli, pre-placed as a spiritual guide of the monastery of the holy Eusebian virgins.

This original inspiration that sinks in Eusebian roots the nascent community and forms a unit with the charism of charity that God entrusts to it, matures and takes shape, especially in drafting the rule, which only waits to be adopted.

... Disciples of Jesus crucified forever! ...

The 'Great Work' was born at the feet of Jesus Crucified. Father Dario and Mother Eusebia together with the first sisters will remain apostles of this unique Master all their lives. Through the Wounded Heart of Jesus they will be constantly introduced into the heart of the Father. This fiery furnace of love will continue to shine in their eyes the preciousness of weaker creatures, which constitute their most valuable treasure, even when everything seems to collapse on their way.

They will always feel called to love and serve the most crucified children in history. And to be ever more capable instruments to a mission so high, divine Providence will lead their own steps into the footsteps of Jesus.

Father Dario and Mother Eusebia never thought that God would one day call them to become themselves the 'crucified', allowing the passion of His Son crucified to be printed in their flesh and spirits. As grain seed , they will experiment the most unexpected and painful purifications, until they die in the sight of men, so that the 'Great Work of God' triumphs and brings forth much fruit.

The big test somehow has marked them until today. They are still giving their lives for us so that we might have life, life ever new, ever deeper life, ever greater life. But this is what is great in God's eyes, not in the eyes of men. Only the spirit can also shine in our eyes the 'Great Work', despite being in a strong proof of human decline. He reveals it to the small.

Those who tried to obscure the face of Father Dario and Mother Eusebia, to make them disfigured and impossible to recognize, it seems they quite succeeded. However the passover of them, and the passover of the religious family sprung from them have already happened. The greatest suffering generated the greatest love: the love for one's enemies! Here's what our founders have really won big, heroic and holy. This is the great inheritance - pure gospel, which they leave us and encourage us to discover, develop and imitate forever!

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