“The life of the Saints is a rule of life for others”: with these words in Turin, in the Sanctuary of Our Lady Help of Christians, on February 8 1995, Archbishop Card. Giovanni Saldarini started the canonical process for five cases of beatification. One of these was the Poor Clare nun Sister Maria Consolata Betrone. The biographical outlines of the new Servant of God, born in Saluzzo (Cuneo) on April 6 1903 and dying on July 18 1946 in the Convent of the “Sacred Heart” of Moriondo Moncalieri (Turin) could have been briefly spent behind the rise and fall of a life which only lasted 43 years, of which 17 in a strictly closed order. It could have been thus if, instead, God had not made of her brief existence an incandescent meteor of love, rich of eternity.
8-2-1995: Archbishop Card. Saldarini during the homily