Andrea’s Testimony

My name is Andrea. I’m 49 years old, I come from Italy and thanks to God I’m alive today.

I started to use drugs at 14 years old and threw away more or less 25 years of my life. I worked in the kitchen all my life, I had a good job, a beautiful girlfriend, I had friends, but I always felt empty. I ended up losing everything, especially my dignity. Before I entered into community I was confused, I felt old and was just waiting to die. I started to inject myself again after a long time being clean, I drank 2 bottles of vodka a day, I used cocaine as well. I didn’t care about myself anymore. But I found the strength within myself to ask for help.

In the Cenacolo Community I found peace and joy in my heart for the first time. I discovered the love of God and all the moments where God worked in my life. All the times that God’s presence saved me from death.

I’ve been in community now for 6 years. I’m happy because I learned that giving of myself to others brings me joy. I know I’m not perfect, but I know that Jesus is always by my side. Every day is a battle for me not to surrender to evil. But now I don’t feel alone anymore. Every time I have a problem, I know the solution is to go to the chapel and speak to the only one who makes possible everything that is impossible – Jesus.