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LOURDES, Diary of Grace #4 "I started shedding tears of joy" - Franco Gedda

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Published on Jan 5, 2016

Franco Gedda is the manager of the school of life of the Cenacolo, in Lourdes. He recalls a grace he received at the Grotto in 2001 when he himself was a young person staying in the Cenacolo. A video by L. Jarneau for the internet site of the Sanctuary of Lourdes http://www.lourdes-france.org
If you have received a grace in connection with Lourdes, or have been a witness to such a grace, you may send your testimony to this email address: temoignage@lourdes-france.com
What Franco Gedda says in this video: "I was a drug addict for twenty three years. I wanted to give it up. I was lucky to enter the community of the Cenacolo in 2000. I arrived in Lourdes on 11 February 2001. After a few months, I ventured to the Grotto. I was still sad, and not completely cured of my drug addiction. It was during an Easter Vigil. A young disabled man turned towards me and embraced me. I understood that the Virgin Mary was present and helping me to break the influence of drugs and fortify me on my path by this encounter with a young person, less fortunate than me health-wise but already knowing the joy of faith. Since then, every time I am at the Grotto, I thank Mary for sending me this guardian angel and I see his smile again. I think that Jesus and Mary know how to surprise us and give us a helping hand with a nod and a wink. That day I needed this embrace to find my way.”


This is the rest of the testimony of Franco Gedda (which is not in the video): “It’s in Lourdes – where I was only due to stop over, but where I have been living for fifteen years – that I met my wife and got married. Lourdes is peace, the gateway to heaven. This is the message I try to transmit to the young men I accompany, and very often I notice a change in their expression when they go to the Grotto. Mary is present. She is waiting for us. In my family, my elder sister, Maria-Grazia, has also experienced a cure. When she was 8 years old, she suffered from a serious intestinal disorder. She fainted several times a day. She could no longer eat. The doctors were powerless. My father asked my mother – who was a member of the Unitalsi Hospitality – to take her to Lourdes. He told them to recite the Salve Regina when she was immersed in the water at the Baths. After going into the bath, she realized that she had forgotten to say the Salve Regina. She returned and said the prayer. As soon as she came out, she felt better. She could eat and no longer fainted. On her return to Italy, the doctors confirmed her cure as inexplicable. She met the Bishop. In agreement with our parents, he thought it would be better not to pursue the long procedure for the recognition of a miracle taking into consideration the young age of Maria-Grazia, who has been very devoted to Lourdes since then.”

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