A Heart as Big as the World (5) - Don Bartolo Zinelli's Book

“One day I was amusing myself at the window that gave on to the house of the Zinelli family opposite. Don Bartolo appeared on his side, and addressing me said: ‘Mr. Eugene, aren’t you afraid of wasting your time in idleness in this way at the window?’ – ‘Alas, sir,’ I replied,’ it is indeed a pity, but what can I do? You know I am a foreigner, and I haven’t any books at my disposition.’  That was the opening he wanted: ‘That’s no problem, my dear child, you see me here actually in my library, where there are many books in Latin, Italian, French even, if you want them.’

“‘There is nothing I would like better’, I answered. Immediately D. Bartolo undid the bar that held the shutters of the window, and placing on it a book, passed it over to me across the little street that separated us. The book was soon read, for I was always an avid reader, and next day my father advised me to go and take it back and thank Don Bartolo. This was all planned.”

 

 

(Writer: Father Henricus Asodo, OMI, from his animation slide presentation on the Founder of OMI "St. Eugene de Mazenod", Aix-en-Provence, France)

Eugene de Mazenod

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