In the harsh winter of 1943, the streets of Trent froze over. Her mother first asked the younger daughters to get milk a couple of kilometres from home, in the Madonna Bianca district, but Silvia decided to offer to go in their place. On the way she sensed within, with the senses of the heart, Someone calling her: “Give yourself completely to me” and she responded promptly. She took a paper and pencil and in a letter asked her confessor’s permission to make an act of total consecration to God. She obtained it after a conversation with him.

A view of Trento. In the foreground, buildings affected by the bombing; above, the church and convent of the Capuchin Fathers.
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