farewell to heaven, Mariangela!29 may 2014
Mariangela Bertolini went back to the Father's house...
It was on the Ascension day... Grazie for "Fede e Luce", grazie for "Ombre e Luci"! Deo Gratias!...
The funeral mass for Mariangela was very beautiful and very simple. Just like her… At the end of the ceremony, the coffin left the church to the applause of the crowd who had come to pay tribute to her. All the Italian communities were there with their banners…
Here is the message from Marie-Hélène Mathieu that Lucia Casella and myself read out at the end of the ceremony:
Well dear friends,
You have to know how very much I have wanted to be at Santa Silvia with you, sharing your grief and that of all the Italian and Southern European communities and all their members.
In the absence of Mariangela, her tenderness and her comfort, we all feel a bit like orphans. Mariangela went up to Heaven on Ascension Day. Today, she is near to Chicca in the heart of Jesus.With Jesus, Mariangela tells us: "I am with you every day. You can call on me. I will always be here to answer you."
I share your grief. I also share your thanksgiving for Mariangela, for all she has accomplished and especially for all that she was. May the gift of Mariangela be a new source of blessing and fruit at the service of the smallest in Italy and in the whole world, represented today by Corinne Chatain and Lucia Casella.
In great fellowship. I embrace you all with my tenderness.
Marie-Hélène Mathieu with Jean Vanier