Cristiano

Now I know why my name is Cristiano.

Head of the Host production laboratory in the maximum security prison of Opera MI

 

What brought me and made me learn the path taken in the host laboratory is certainly something beautiful and positive.

 

It all began with the interpretation of a dream of mine, that is, from my request for help made to God, who answered and fulfilled me.

 

I learned many things: that forgiveness is for everyone, that the love of God is immense , that if you want to get something and ask with your heart , then it comes. Just as the Gospel says: "Ask and it will be given to you".

 

Then, from this experience I learned how beautiful life is , how beautiful it is to do good works , to help others , to open up to people , to witness one 's own experience ..

 

The intervention of God in my life changed my existence , converted my way: it made me see things no longer with a mischievous eye, try to bring out the best in everything and not always be in search of the negativity in everything.

 

I learned to pray for other people because prayer is for others and not personal, so others will take care of you . If you want you can ask and remind God of your desire and, if it is pure, he will grant it to you.

 

I understood the meaning of my name and the weight it has . Before I thought that I had a nobody's name " Christian " because in the south it is customary to put the names of relatives and saints, but I was called a Christian and nobody in my family is called that! Now I understand why my name is like this and what it means "Christian ".

 

We are what we do and think, therefore, if there is evil in our mind and heart, we will automatically receive and do harm. But if we put good in everything, it will come back to us.

 

You have to be strong and ask for strength to move forward, because the road is tiring. Nothing is achieved without effort: this is the way to Heaven.

 

When you are on the right path, everything seems to turn badly, but don't worry , it is the devil who wants to divert you: it will show you that negative people always get everything, luck and bad luck do not exist. This is a test, the example shows us the Bible with Job, the challenge between good and evil. You lose everything but in the end you will get everything multiplied. At least that's what I understand. And I understood that man should return to love each other more , because indifference and non-brotherhood is not good for anyone, on the contrary it only leads to destruction.

 

Forgiveness is important, one must always forgive before demanding forgiveness . Jesus gives us an example: who has suffered injustice and evil more than he? We, on the other hand, do not even forgive small things, how will God forgive us? So don't do to the other what you don't want them to do to you. Love and forgive .

 

A big thank you goes to Arnoldo Mosca Mondadori and to all the people who believed in the project and in me. Thank you.

Mattia

Even if I am in prison, I have found peace in a "job" different from all the others.

I am Mattia and I have been working in this laboratory for three years, together with Vincenzo and Cristiano.

 

What does this work mean to me? First of all, this job is not like everyone else: those who work here are aware that it is a "job" that has to do with people and social objectives, in particular the increase of faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord .

 

I confess that my relationship with the faith has not always been idyllic, despite having made communion and confirmation at a young age. Whenever life brought me unjust wrong, I was used to blaming God : “why are you doing this to me? What have I done to deserve all this? ". But then I retraced my steps, thanks above all to a priest - the same who made me the second communion - who kept reminding me “ What happens to you is necessary to make you grow . Jesus continually tests us, and this is yours! ”.

 

I quit religion when my life came to its darkest moment: detention in prison. For years I despised religion and anyone who prophesied it. I prayed but had no answers and this further increased my spiritual crisis. I was alone, I felt abandoned , unable to enjoy His light.

 

And instead, to my surprise, an answer came and my life began to light up again , the path was finally visible: I found opportunities to get back into the game, I discovered pure love for a girl - right here in a place full of pain - . Was it the right way?

 

" God give me a sign that I'm doing the right thing!" And the host laboratory came.

 

What an air you breathe! what peace! And to say that we are always inside the prison. I repeat: it is not a job like any other, we are part of a much larger plan, we are emissaries of His message , we are His earthly hands and His word. So how can this work not be different from all the others?

 

And "work" is the right word?

 

I only know that here I am free, no longer a prisoner of my body; when I'm here I breathe a different air . My mission is to transmit the love of God through the hosts produced here, to look for those boys who, like me, feel alone and put on the corner - where darkness awaits - to be able to tell them: " God does not abandon you , we are all dots that form his design ".


So let's go, get up and spread His word.

Vincenzo

I only say one thing: I hope to do good.

Vincenzo

 

I only say one thing: I hope to do good.

 

First of all, I want to say that this of the host production laboratory is an experience that I will carry for life because it is a mission for me .

 

I never expected in life - which is always full of surprises - to make hosts. I am a believer and I hope to do good .

 

I feel a miracle because, despite my past, I had the honor of being able to give life in the laboratory to what is given to the faithful during the mass as the body of Christ .

 

In addition to feeling miraculous I am flattered by this opportunity that has been given to me. On the day I spend my time in the host laboratory, I feel free as if I could redeem the mistakes of my past, through which people see me and judge me again, making me what I am not ...

 

Since I attended the laboratory my faith has increased dramatically: I notice it in all my daily actions, in the relationship with others, in seeing differently those who I once saw as my opponents.


The love of the Lord is manifested to me with the love that many people give me: from this I understood that the love of God is manifested to us through the love of others.