Giussani’s idea of virginity from a memory of Don Valerio, a missionary in Nairobi (Kenya).

The encounter with Don Giussani was for me an encounter with a “father.” It was an encounter without which I do not know if I would have been a priest and a missionary in Africa for over 30 years.

The first opportunity to spend time with him was during the spiritual exercises of the priests of the Movement which were held for the first time in 1967 at the Franciscan convent in Verna. Giussani held a week of lessons, of which he also held a few days earlier to the members of Memores Domini. One evening we gathered around him and we discussed everything, especially two themes: vocation and virginity. Although I was a priest for three years, the words I heard from that priest from Brianza left a mark in me: they helped me understand again the experience of virginity which until then looked like a loss and a sacrifice. Instead, for Giussani, virginity was primarily the fullness of life because it is a participation in the true possession that the Risen Jesus has of reality.

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