Local Interest The blind brother by Annie December 4, 2012 written by Annie December 4, 2012 The blind brother’s little room is, in all its simplicity, probably even more touching than the beautiful small adjacent church with its 15th century frescoes. Frate Ave Maria as the monk was known, blind due to a shooting accident at the age of 12, lived there for four decades (till his death in 1964), ascetic, pious and content, praying and receiving pilgrims in search of comfort and advice. Even Pier Paolo Pasolini made his way up through the woods to the isolated monastery of Sant’Alberto di Butrio, in search of resolution for his everlasting struggle with religion, as a few lines of poetry from his hand testify. The monastery is isolated still, in the hills of the Oltrepo’ Pavese, Lombardy, though it may now conveniently reached by car, in a day trip from Milan for example. The silence surrounding this religious monument is overwhelming, and prepares the visitor for the experience of simplicity, modesty and yes, religiosity awaiting inside. The construction consists of three interconnected churches, the oldest one originating from the 11th century. Legend has it that the first church was erected by the Malaspina family in reward for the healing by Sant’Alberto of their son of muteness. After centuries of decay Don Orione housed his order of the Divine Providence here in the early 20th century and he also brought Frate Ave Maria here, after having consoled him as a boy with his tragic fate and having directed him to the life of faith. The simple bed of the blind brother is now covered with little notes of visitors, seeking help, strength and health for friends or family members. 0 comment 0 FacebookTwitterPinterestEmail previous post The Etruscan Next Door next post In Search of the Black Rooster Related Posts StayAssisi – Il Nido Tranquillo September 30, 2020 Palazzo Reale July 30, 2020 Matera September 30, 2019 Villa I Due Padroni Bed & Breakfast September 30, 2019 L’Antica Vetreria: Right inside a village with pool... September 30, 2019 An Explosion of Flora and Fauna in May! May 15, 2019 Idyllic Isola di Burano… Bellissima! September 30, 2018 1000 Egg Frittata September 30, 2018 The Girlfriends “But We Don’t Do It That... September 30, 2018 Decorated Dumpsters September 30, 2018 Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.