Baptist Scalabrini combined his concrete action with a prophetic vision
which he had left as a legacy to the Church and to us today. Scalabrini
sensed that within the anguish of migration, with all its problems and
difficulties, a hidden aspect was at work: the seed of the future.
This vision was not just the result of historical and sociological considerations. Thanks most of all to his faith in the death and resurrection of Christ, John Baptist Scalabrini was able to see God's plan in the unfolding of human history. He was convinced that through the suffering and the uprooting of the migrants, through the encounter and even clashes between cultures and mentalities, a new world was being prepared: in this new world nations and persons could discover themselves as belonging to the one human family in which there is no uniformity but, in the image of the Trinitarian God, communion in diversity is possible.
Giovanni Battista Scalabrini (1839-1905) lived in a time of great transformation and was aware of the dramatic events of his time. At that time, thousands upon thousands of Italians and other Europeans were leaving their countries because of poverty and had to face the uncertainties and suffering of migration. Confronted by so much pain, John Baptist Scalabrini could have simply stopped at a feeling of compassion, but instead he asked himself the question: "What should be done?”. He shouldered the responsibility for the migrants that he saw by intervening on their behalf at different levels.
“Deeply in love with God and extraordinarily
devoted to the Eucharist,he was able to translate the contemplation of God and his mystery in an intense apostolic and missionary action, becoming all things to all to proclaim the Gospel.”
John Paul II
"The Spirit’s gift to Scalabrini is alive in all whom the Lord calls to share in it. Creative fidelity to this gift has led to the development of a spirituality that has its roots in Scalabrini and in the gift (charisma) the Lord has given the Church through him for the world of human mobility. Confronted with the reality of migration, many today discover in the Scalabrinian spirituality a treasure from which they can draw in order to live their Christian life in fullness.
This common spiritual treasure has been entrusted to stories that differ in times, persons, vocations and approach: this spiritual inheritance is truly a wealth to be welcomed and valued as a first experiment in diversity."
Scalabrinian Secular Missionary Women - 2022