There are other members of the Focolare proposed for Sainthood. I am truly inspired by Alberto Michelotti and Carlo Grisolia, two young men who are friends and are being proposed TOGETHER as candidates for beatification! Here is their story:
Alberto Michelotti and Carlo Grisolia, two Genoese friends who experienced a story of friendship between them and among the others. An open friendship nourished by a common aim: taking everybody the Evangelical Ideal gift of an united world, by choosing the way of “becoming saints together”.
Alberto was born in 1958, August the 14th, in Genoa (Staglieno parish church). He is an intelligent and gifted boy, responsible for the young group of Focolari Movement in Valbisagno. He loves serving and helping, having himself into the last position. Some of his left letters tell us about his great ability in the art of loving every single person he met and they reveal a secret:
“My life is slowly changing: there is “Someone” getting more and more into my days, he is Jesus. Some days I run up and down the town for there is the last mass of the day in some church: there I can meet Him in the Holy Communion. I rush out from the university a little earlier and catch buses at breakneck speed to do it; suddenly I think: “Alberto, you wouldn’t do such a thing for anyone, not even for your girlfriend a month ago.”
Very fond of mountains, Alberto fell down a frozen defile in the Maritimes Alps in August, 18th 1980.
Carlo, another boy in Alberto’s group, was born in 1960, December 29th, in Bologna. He took a diploma in agriculture and lived in Valbisagno (at the Canova di Prato) too. The day after Alberto’s death, while in military service, he was diagnosed one of the most malignant tumours. Cheerful and good-humoured by nature he thus started his forty days relay “to meet Jesus”. Carlo often said that Alberto “is there close to him”, to support him and “to keep Jesus in the middle”, as ever.
Before dying, Carlo told his friends, gathered together by him: “I am going! I just wanted to tell you to be ready to give your own life one another. I offer my life for you all, but especially for suffering people, for the guys of my neighbourhood, of my parish church, for the united world.”
He also dived in God on the 29th September 1980.
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