Oil Dedicated to St Bartolomea Capitanio
St Bartolomea Capitanio is born at Lovere, a flourishing commercial center on the western bank of Lake Iseo. On 13 January 1807, as the first born of Modesto Capitanio and Caterina Canossi. Of the six children born after her only Camilla survives. Because all others die at a young age. Her father, merchant of grains, manages a small shop with which he maintains the family. The girl grows vivacious and dynamic, gifted with an exceptional intelligence.
Daughter of an alcoholic corn-factor. Wanted to become a nun, but her family opposed the decision, and so she took a private vow of perpetual chastity, and began teaching and working with youth as a lay woman. Extensive correspondent, often writing on spirituality; many of letters were later collected and published.
Her mother, unable to follow her due to work in the shop. And to keep her away from dangers and to give her proper instruction entrusts her to the sisters of the Poor Clares who had a monastery in Lovere. Where they ran a school for the girls, according to the Napoleonic laws of the time.
Here just at 12 years of age, as witnesses attest, having chosen the longest straw in a game. That indicated who would have become a saint first. She decides really to become a “saint, a great saint, a saint soon”. Discovering the tangible signs of God’s love in her life. Won over and fascinated by this immense love. Unmerited and gratuitous, she feels the need to respond to it with the whole strength of her exuberant and determined/strong-willed nature.