"Sacred Echo": when God wants to get our attention, God doesn't just whisper
once and move on. The message comes to us in echoes from many sources and in
many forms… So theCalifornianjournalistCathleenFalsanidefines"Sacred
Echo" in her article on
MassimoCoppoat the timeof the Conclave:
"Sacred Echo" presages
Pope choice, by CathleenFalsani.
Here how the place of prayer is risen in the center of Assisi with the name of
Every night and in every season Massimo Coppo sleeps outdoors dressed in a
sackcloth and barefoot under the porticoes of the Basilica of St. Francis. Under
the porticoes, mainly in the evening, people come also to speak with him, and to
pray. Late in the night also Marcello Ciai arrives, the man who thanks to God in
1980 founded the community of which Massimo was part from the beginning, and
then in 1991 the Association Iaca. Because of this precarious health and the
rigor of some winter nights, Marcello and Massimo addressed question to the City
council to have a small space where they could withdraw to pray: a plea for help
for a sick person, which was accompanied by an attentive gesture of the
municipal administration. It has been restored with diligence, the old and
unhealthy abandoned ex-urinal, which certainly bore no luster to that suggestive
stretch of "San Gabriele dell' Addolorata" Street, under the "Piazzetta delle
Erbe". It was transformed into a small but suggestive chapel, certainly of
non-noble origin: but also our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of Glory, was born in
a stable! This place attracts the attention of many Italian and foreign tourists
and pilgrims: they photograph it and shove tickets with prayer requests in the
slot that was prepared on purpose in the wooden door, demands that Marcello and
Massimo honour praying there in the night.
OnFebruary 5, 2015Marcellosick, asksMassimoto go just him alone into thenightfrom the porticoesof the Basilica ofSaint Francisinpilgrimagetothe
Sacred Echo, to do this right
Massimohad complained before
with him,because sometimes he felt lonely and
suffering also due to the cold
of these winterdaysand he had confessedthat sometimes he wascrying.
Despite the rainMassimofulfilledMarcello's wish of
the pilgrimage to theSacred
Echo and here'sthe message that
arrived to Marcello at two o’clock in the night from the
part of Massimo: 2:17Found
this ticket at the SacredEcho:
"In my heart, this evening,
I think andIpray forall thelonely people, who suffer andwhoare crying.
Someonehad putthis cardinto the slotof the doorwhere there is written: "Put
here your request of prayer"
We believe that thisis a realmiracleof the love and the mercyof God. Thank you, Jesus,
our Lord, may you always be blessed,
praised andloved withall our hearts!