by Sister Anna Monia Alfieri
We start from afar, we go back in history until we reach Sant’Ambrogio, Grand Bishop of Milan. I do not want anyone who is not Milanese (neither am I, so no one can be offended), but Ambrogio is an extraordinary figure in history, in the church and beyond. Of course, like everyone else, he is a child of his time, which is why some of his actions today are reprehensible. Let’s go ahead and look at the good, as always. Di Ambrogio, in addition to the unshakable faith that can be gloriously gleaned in his works, especially from the hymns that sprang from his pen, I was always struck by his relationship with the imperial power. And he was dealing with emperors who were certainly not gentle: let us think of Theodosius. Of course, in textbooks we learn a Theodosius advocate of Christianity. But Theodosius was also the initiator of the massacre in Thessalonica, a huge massacre. Ambrose, after hearing of the massacre, wrote to the emperor, saying that he would not celebrate the Eucharist in his presence. In response, the good Theodosius had to do nothing but acknowledge coram populo one’s own error, the only condition for being resumed in the sacraments.
Here, Ambrogio has always inspired me. I do not want to be misunderstood, but I have always tried to keep Ambrose’s position on politics a bit. I have a goal and two principles. Let’s start right from the principles: 1. faith without works is dead, 2. politics is the highest form of charity. I got the two principles, one from St. James, the other from St. Paul VI, so no one will be able to protest against anything. The goal of my religious initiation is serve young, in particular through the recognition of the principle of parental free choice of education. That’s all. From the beginning action, unity of moral and civil commitment. Sic and simpler.
I think let me say that if the goal had been reached earlier, we would not have been in this situation. On the contrary: I do not believe in it, I am convinced of it. If the school had actually been free, if there had not been schools for A-citizens and schools for B-citizens, we would not have come to witness the indecent spectacle that we have witnessed for a few days. A government of national unity which, in spite of the great good done for our country, is undermined by a political fringe which, to ride on the wave of discontent among some, endangers the stability of all. How? To defeat the government under the leadership of Dr. Mario Draghi, a name, a guarantee of seriousness and international trust, over any suspicion and any scandal, financial or personal. A life spent at work and dedicated to family devotion, often sacrificed, one can imagine, at the altar of responsibility, a life certainly not in favor of the camera, friendships cultivated in the field of study and work, certainly not in the clubs of – doubt – fun.
Here, such a government has been questioned, which among many results organized a vaccination campaign that the whole world envies us. And we also look at when: in the delicate moment when two European nations are fighting each other with an energy crisis at the gate that has never been experienced before. When we say political responsibility and sense of the institutions … Then I dare only imagine what dr. Draghi when he is forced to work with people who are not even fully educated. But it’s okay, everyone has their own story.
In this historic moment, I, as a citizen and as a believer, cannot do my part and ask all political forces to take responsibility, beyond any logic of consensus on the part of the party. Sometimes the most unpopular choices at the moment turn out to be the best in the long run. The national unity government led by Draghi is the only possible solution for Italy to maintain confidence at international level and can administer PNRR agents. We can not afford to destroy everything.
Let’s go back to Ambrose. I quote a short passage from the eulogy he wrote about Theodosius’ death: Yup, I loved this man who preferred him who took him back, rather than his flatterers. He threw down all imperial signs of dignity, mourned publicly in the Church over the sin into which he had been wickedly drawn, and asked for forgiveness with tears and groans. Simple courtiers were distracted by shame, and an emperor did not blush to carry out public penance, and from then on not a single day passed for him without regretting his absence.In Ambrogio’s words, I see the greatness that springs from a dimension that has now fallen into oblivion: coherence, in thought, and action.