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Title: Jesus Appeals to the World:
From the Writings of Sr. Consolata Betrone
 

Author: Lorenzo Sales, IMC 
ISBN: 0-8189-0069-5 
Paperback: xiv + 194 pp. 
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"The life of the Saints is a rule of life for others": with these words in Turin, in the Sanctuary of Our Lady Help of Christians, on February 8 1995, Archbishop Card. Giovanni Saldarini started the canonical process for five cases of beatification. One of these was the Poor Clare nun Sister Maria Consolata Betrone. The biographical outlines of the new Servant of God, born in Saluzzo (Cuneo) on April 6 1903 and dying on July 18 1946 in the Convent of the Sacred Heart of Moriondo Moncalieri (Turin) could have been briefly spent behind the rise and fall of a life which only lasted 43 years, of which 17 were in a strictly closed order. It could have been thus if, instead, God had not made an incandescent, eternally rich meteor of love out of her brief existence. Her life was an unceasing act of love expressed in her prayer: "Jesus, Mary, I love you. Save souls." This book tells the story of the message she was asked to bring to the world. Now in its 15th printing.
 
Father Lorenzo Sales, IMC, (1892-1972) was an Italian missionary priest. As a young man he labored in Africa and, during the colonial war of 1915-1918, was military chaplain to the indigenous troops in Kenya, East Africa. He served as Secretary General of the Missionary Institute of Our Lady of Consolation and regional propagator of the Pontifical Missions. He wrote a number of books on the life and spiritual teachings of Canon Allamano, the founder of the missionary societies of the Consolata for men and women. Father Sales is known particularly for having been the spiritual director of Sister Consolata Betrone who was a mystic favored by locutions and, perhaps, by visions of Jesus. She reported these things very carefully in her diary, diligently examined by Father Sales who was at first sceptical and unsure, then in his turn the divulger of this Work of the Lord. 

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