stopover at Lourdes to pray to the Virgin of the Pyrenees marks a very
important step in Frei Daniel's life. His faith is great, but he is torn
between the hope of being cured and the instinct, which is typical of all
great human beings, not to go against the will of God, no matter what it
costs. He insistently asks for our Heavenly Mother's mediation, the Mother
of all missionaries, so that she may enlighten him and give him the comfort
he so desperately needs. Frei Daniel will recount many times this encounter
with the sacred and the miraculous in Lourdes. In his Diary he often mentions
it with deep emotion and also talks about it with people around him.
ourselves have met several people who have handed down from father to son
the story of this event which was first heard from the friar's lips. They
repeat with deep emotion: "Nunca, Nunca!" the words that Frei Daniel was
supposed to have heard from the Virgin herself: "You will not be cured!
No, you will not be cured! Go back! You will receive another grace!" With
renewed spiritual strength, he continues his journey and finally reaches
Italy, from which he has been absent since 1899. He goes back to his hometown
and he sees his family, except for his parents who are now dead. When he
celebrates the memorial for them, he becomes deeply moved. The doctors
from Milan send him to Rome to consult Professor Campana, a famous dermatologist,
but even the specialist is helpless. While in Rome, Frei Daniel is able
to visit the Eternal City, and is touched by the deep faith of the first
Christians when he tours the Catacombs. Twice he is received by Pope Pius
X of whom he implores special blessings for his Mission.
he realizes that the Italian medicine is as ineffective as the Brazilian,
Frei Daniel decides to go back to the warmth of his people. He is ready
and willing to give all of himself to the Mandate of Christ which he had
heard through the voice of his Holy Mother while in Lourdes.
in Europe, he also visits other Marian Sanctuaries at Pompeii, Loreto,
Casalmaggiore and Casalpusterlengo where, humbly and devoutly, he asks
the Virgin Mary for her support. We recently received this unedited testimonial
from an old woman who was ecstatically praying in front of Frei Daniel's
portrait in Belem. While traveling through the Italian peninsula, from
north to south, Frei Daniel walked with his usual devotion into a sanctuary.
It is not clear whether it was Orvieto or Lanciano, where the Mystery of
The Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Christ is kept. He knelt and asked
for healing, but he heard the usual voice: "Frei Daniel, don't you want
to suffer?" Frei Daniel jumped to his feet and promptly answered: "Quero!"
("I will!") and he immediately came out of the church without asking for
an explanation. While telling us this story, the old woman was filled with
emotion and excitement.