Did your son have the example of faith from the family?
In all sincerely, no. My husband and I were quite lacking. But in Carlo, it was a propensity born spontaneously within him.
He wanted to enter the churches and greet Jesus in the Eucharist or Jesus on the Cross, he wanted to pick or buy with his savings flowers to bring to Our Lady. I did not hinder this faith of his: he began to read the word of God and the lives of the saints. This made him mature early from a religious point of view. He ardently wanted to make his First Communion, and was allowed to do so at the age of 7 and since then he never missed the daily appointment with Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Mass.
Love for Christ has been translated into love for the poor…?
Carlo had a great love for everyone, especially the most disadvantaged people. To those who slept in the street he brought hot drinks and something to eat in the evening, with his savings he bought sleeping bags and blankets, so I helped him financially.
He was close to them, he greeted everyone, he had interest for everyone, in people he saw the face of Jesus, he loved and had a good word for everyone.
We live in the centre of Milan, where there are many buildings with door-sleepers of other nationalities, from other continents, often alone. Carlo spoke with them, understanding their difficulties to leave their country and live in a foreign land. This great sensitivity led him to be nice even at home. We had a lady who ironed for us, recently abandoned by her husband, who had a 12-year-old girl living in a neighbourhood far from us, in San Donato. She used to come to us in the evening: Carlo to help her leave early so that she could go home to her daughter Carlo would help her fold clothes and even iron. There, in the small things he was close. He was an open and sunny boy.
His ten-year-old twins received an important “inheritance” from his older brother…?
They live it with naturalness. Carlo is part of their life: from the moment they were born they talked about their brother, they grew up with his presence. They pray to Carlo, they ask him things. They too are very religious children: they go to Mass every day, they made their First Communion even before Carlo, at the age of five and a half, they say the rosary every day.