Published : 02/19/2021 09:01:19
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"Elogio della pazienza. Quattro storie vere" is a new volume published by Libreria Editrice Vaticana by Monsignor Felice Accrocca, Metropolitan Archbishop of Benevento. It is a text belonging to the series Vita nello Spirito (Life in the Spirit) born during the quarantine that the Covid-19 imposed on us. It is enough to leaf through it to understand immediately that the author's intention is to provide a tool for reflection on what are commonly defined as ingredients that give flavour to things: waiting and patience.
The pages of the book focus on four characters and their stories. These are 'true' stories, in the sense that we use this word today, since the available sources are undoubtedly first-rate, also from a historical point of view' (p. 7). These are the lives of: Monica of Tagaste, Augustine of Hippo, Francis and Clare of Assisi. Four stories, but not four different worlds: 'the first two protagonists are mother and son (Monica and Augustine), while the others (Francis and Clare) appear to be indissolubly linked by their following of the poor Jesus, a journey along the paths of God in which one was a wise guide for the other' (p. 7). Four different itineraries, through which the protagonists learned what it means to be patient, not to get tired and not to deviate from one's goals. Four stories that can teach a lot to people like us, always in a hurry and late, unable to wait one more minute.