ITALY: They Did Cast Lots

Maria Alfonsina Ghini was different from the other peasant girls of the village of San Giovanni Lupatoto. While they worked in the fields and vineyards, laughed, danced at festivals, married and bore children, Maria grew more lonely. She dressed always in black, like a nun. Almost every day she made her way alone along the dusty grey road from her family's farmhouse to the parish church. She ministered gently to ailing peasants who came to her for cures. Though she performed no miracles, it was said that once, when she was caught in a drenching storm in the open...

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