From the band of «The most beautiful in Italy» to the cassock: new life for Edoardo Santini, twenty-one year old from Castelfiorentino, who he decided to become priest. A choice that is causing a lot of talk, not so much because it is unusual, although in a historically critical moment for vocations, but because the boy has been working as a model since he won the title in 2019 in what could be considered a sort of male version of Miss Italy.
Santini, we read above The nation, has entered the Propaedeutic Time, that is, the period that precedes entry into the seminary and which is used by the hypothetical future priest to analyze his vocation and understand whether it is really the right choice, through prayer and spiritual guidance. A phase that lasts a year. «I put aside modeling work, acting, dancing because yeses inevitably entail nos, even if I don’t abandon everything because those worlds are part of me, but I will live them and propose them in different contexts», Santini told The nation. “I asked the bishop the question and here I am studying theology and serving in two parishes in the Florentine diocese.” The young man does not yet know whether he will really become a priest in the end. «I don’t know, I’m here to find out. I took that step that terrified me, that prevented me from being fully myself, ready in case to say: “No, I was wrong”. What I am certain of, however, is that I will not regret this trip, because now I can shout: I’m Edoardo, 21 years old and I’m happy», he said, explaining his decision on social media, where he is very active and in the last few hours he also talked about the first day of retreat, in Fiesole.
«At the age of 21 my father made the decision to marry my mother because she had become pregnant. My mother became a mother at the age of 21 while I I find myself on the path to becoming, God willing, a priest. In recent years I have had the opportunity to meet young people who, by showing me what it means to be a church, have given me the strength to investigate this question that I have carried with me since I was little, but which various fears prevented me from exploring further.” The first step, Santini explained last year: «I went to live with two priests and that was the best experience of my life, an experience that allowed me to meet brothers and in everyday life that answer that I was waiting for to come from above. At the end of the year it was natural for me to ask the bishop to enter the preparatory year preceding the seminary.”
And it is on social media that the before and after of his life are confused, between posed photos, accompanied by biblical quotes, and trips with peers and others, as in Lisbon last summer, on the occasion of World Youth Day. Who knows where the path he has taken will take him. For now it’s the right one for him.
Source: Vanity Fair
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