Who Prima Maestra was to me

Prima Maestra Thecla was a Mother to me, to all the Daughters of St. Paul and to the whole Pauline Family. She was a great woman–very human, humble and simple; a woman of immense faith; a saint! Her eyes shone with the light of God and it seemed to me that her penetrating gaze was able to read our hearts. In May 1955, I had just entered the Congregation as an aspirant. I was going down the staircase of the St. Joseph community in Alba and I saw Prima Maestra coming up the steps. When we met, I was wordless. I stopped and she looked at me, …