The things we have in common

«There can be no other reasons for not going to Cascia. Cascia is a point that joins realities, the Army and the Saint, which have the same sentiments in common: love for the human being». Lieutenant Colonel Antonio Di Domenico, Commander of the Army's Detachment for Grouping Training Units with headquarters in Capua (CE), tells about his group's pilgrimage experience last June 3-4.

The Italian Army and St. Rita’s works have many things in common.

Sacrifice for a higher purpose: St. Rita sacrificed herself and her sons to divine love and achieved peace between her family and that of her husband’s murderers. Soldiers also immolate their lives in this way for their country.

Example: St. Rita is a positive model to imitate, a lesson in life. The Italian Army is an example of an institutional reality that enjoys esteem and trust for its recognized loyalty, but also for its ability to intervene in actions to rescue the people.

Fidelity: St. Rita is the Lord’s beloved daughter for her obedience and participation. Fidelity is part of being a soldier. Solidarity: St. Rita has solidarity with those in need, she helps man to find himself again and to draw closer to God. Among soldiers there is an esprit de corps, a sentiment of solidarity based on ethical and historic traditions which unites and brings soldiers together.

To reinforce the already consolidated sentiment of solidarity that exists among the soldiers, the Army’s Detachment for Grouping Training Units considered it useful to deepen this sentiment and it shortened the distance with a visit to St. Rita of Cascia’s Shrine. Cascia is St. Rita.

The encounter between the Saint and the soldiers opened their hearts and made their spirits more serene. It renewed the soldiers’ faith in the oath they made to the institutions to protect their homeland. It enabled the Commander to draw even closer to his men and find the strength to persevere in acting correctly and fairly, and the soldiers to act with loyalty and confidence in their actions, even the everyday ones carried out in Italy and abroad, so they will be useful in guaranteeing that their families and their country live in peace.

(Heading by Antonio Di Domenico – From the Bees to the Roses no 1-2011)