A happy feast of Bl. Eurosia Fabris, aka “Mama Rosa.” She's one of the reasons I wrote "39 New Saints You Should Know." Such a great woman and a great example of lay holiness. For more on this special wife & mother, see here and below.
Third Order Franciscan
Beatified November 16, 2005, at the
cathedral in Vicenza
September 27, 1866 - Born at
September 30, 1866 - Baptized with the name of
1870-1932 - Lived the rest of her saintly life as a daughter, wife,
and mother at the town of Marola di Torri di Quartesolo, VI
January 8, 1932 -
Died. Her last words were, "My God, I love you over everything."
2005 - Beatified
In her life as a daughter, spouse and mother, Eurosia
Fabris Barban always took care care to know the will of God so she could
completely mould her own will to it without hesitation.
In her daily
prayer she tried to faithfully and docilely discern the word of God in the wise
reading of the events of her life and to respond with a generous
Therefore her courageous -- even herioc -- choices can only
be explained by her unfailing trust in Divine Providence, as when she agreed to
raise two girls whose mother had died and marry their father. Or when, in spite
of the hard economic times, she succeeded in finding ways to help the poor. Or
when she received with a maternal heart a number of children who been orphaned
because of World War I into her own family.
Strong in her faith, she
witnessed to it with simplicity and joy in every circumstance -- with her
family, in her house work, and at her parish. She knew how to transmit it to the
girls who attended her dressmaking classes and the children in her catechism
classes but above all to her sons, three of whom the Lord chose to be
This was the greatest joy of "Mamma Rosa."
of Mamma Rosa
I wish for nothing other than the love of God and to grow
more and more in His love. Nothing else is of any importance.
render account to God and not to the appearance of our actions or our life. If
we look to God, what others say matters nothing.
When we pray, we must
forget all the things of this world! We must speak with God and be attentive to
what we say to Him, and to what He says to us.
When the Church speaks, it
is God who speaks, and we must listen.
The boys we send to the Lord are
like a treasure. We have confidence in God that He will never allow us to lack
for life's necessities. [Remember that sons back then were often an economic
necessity in and of themselves.]
The sons the Lord has given to us, they
are His before they are ours. And if He wants them for Himself, we must we be
grateful, indeed happy, for this is a great honor.
The Lord supplies us
more when we give in charity for the sake of loving Him. If we donate something
to the poor, it is as if we offered it to Jesus in person.
It is better
to be poor than rich! ... It is not the rich who are content of heart, but those
who do the will of God.
Sia fatta la volontà di Dio; Egli ci ama e non ci
abbandonerà mai. Ci riposeremo in Paradiso.
This is the will of God (Sia
fatta la volontà di Dio); He loves us and He will never abandon us. We will rest
If we have always made His will ours during life, death is
just nothing to fear.
Oh Holiest Trinity, You kindly looked
upon the commitment of Bl. Eurosia Fabris to faithfully follow Your will in
every circumstance of her life, as a daughter, spouse, and mother, supporting
her with Your divine grace. Through her intercession, we ask You to bless our
families, to protect them from all evil, to help them live a life of Christian
virtue, love, and peace. Moreover we ask You, in particular, to grant the grace
that we seek with our hearts.
Three Glory Bes... with the invocation
"Holy Trinity, one God, hear our prayer."
One Hail Mary, with the
invocation "Mother of God, prays for us and our families."
Eurosia, pray for us.
Prayer to obtain a grace through Bl.
Holy Trinity, we thank You for having enriched your Servant
Eurosia with many treasures of grace, faith and charity, which rendered her a
charming model of domestic virtues, especially for young people, spouses, and
mothers. You who have exalted the humble and simple of heart, deign to glorify
also here on earth for our example and comfort the simple and humble "Mamma
Rosa", granting us the grace we ardently ask of You. Through her intercession
bless our family, so that we may become -- as we promise You -- a sweet asylum
of virtue, love and peace. Amen.
Three Glory Bes with the invocation
"Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy of us!"