Above: Blessed Giulia Valle
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BLESSED GIULIA VALLE (JUNE 26, 1847-DECEMBER 18, 1916)
Roman Catholic Nun
Keep a quick pace, without looking behind, and concentrate on the one goal: God alone! To Him, the glory; to the others, joy; for me, to pay the price; never make others suffer. I shall be very strict with myself and full of charity towards the others: love gratuitously offered is the only thing that remains.
–Blessed Giulia Valle
Blessed Giulia Valle offered love gratuitously during her adult life. She, born at Aosta, Sardinia, on June 26, 1847, was the daughter of Anselmo Valle and Cristina Dalbar, who worked in the family business, a millner’s shop. Cristina died when our saint was four years old. Young Giulia spent the next few years living with relatives in Aosta and Donnas. Her education was in the capable hands of the Sisters of Charity at Besancon, France, after that. Eventually Anselmo remarried and Giulia returned to the household. Relations between our saint and her full brother, Vincent, were difficult, however. Our saint, already contemplating becoming a nun, made her decision when her father arranged a marriage for her. On September 8, 1866, she became a novice.
The newly minted Sister Nemesia found her niche. She, based at the Sisters of Charity house at Tortona she taught general education to elementary students, taught French to high school students, worked at the orphanage, and counseled soldiers. At the age of 40 years she became the superior of her house. Then, in 1903, our saint served as the novice mistress at Borgaro. There she guided 500 women through their inductions into the order.
Blessed Giulia Valle died of pneumonia at Turin, Italy, on December 18, 1916. She was 69 years old.
Jesus, strip me of myself; let me be wrapped in you. Jesus, I live for you, I die for you.
–Blessed Giulia Valle
Pope John Paul II declared our saint venerated on July 5, 2002, and beatified on April 25, 2004.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
NOVEMBER 5, 2016 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF JOHN CAWOOD, ANGLICAN PRIEST AND HYMN WRITER
O God, whose blessed Son became poor that we through his poverty might be rich:
Deliver us from an inordinate love of this world, that we,
inspired by the devotion of your servant Blessed Giulia Valle,
may serve you with singleness of heart, and attain to the riches of the age to come;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Song of Songs 8:6-7
Luke 12:33-37 or Luke 9:57-62
–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 722