Wednesday, 13 December 2006 18:03
"I have learned that it's necessary to always think and work as a team"
I believe this has been what we have passed on to each other.
I met Edvige Tamburini, O.P., Prioress of the Dominican Congregation Unione San Tommaso, prior to the meeting of USMID (Union of Dominican Women Major Superiors Malta and Italy). Ours was a re-meeting. Her Dominican sisters, whom we have met in Italy and in Africa, have spoken to each of us about the other. This quickly created a climate of intimacy, of the "already said," familiarity, complicity in several themes we have at heart: religiosity, human history, persons. Listening to her, I breathed the fragrances of a culture and language that united us. At the same time I perceived her sensitive attention to humanity and therefore, to the entire world.
Edvige was born among the Chianti hills of Tuscany in Italy. The vast panoramas helped her mature with a mentality given to broad horizons and freedom of speech. Hers was a "free" family in which it was possible to say everything she thought without ever feeling censured. The Dominican dimension is "fundamental" for her person. "Since childhood I have studied about Dominican sisters and what has always attracted me has been this great diversity and freedom. They didn't have a stereotypical model for moulding themselves. There wasn't a strong hierarchical sense in dealing with the superior who was one among equals. "I feel I can, with my personality, remain in this family while trying to pass on everything that I am and know."
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