Author: Susanna Testa Antoniol
Grandparenting, is essentially a mission. Grandparents have
the privileged role of representing the trait d’union between the past and the future, making them feel part of a bigger picture.
Grandparenting, this is how Susanna repeatedly defines what is essentially a mission.
Grandparents are indeed given an essential role, which is of fundamental importance for their grandchildren’s growth. Grandparents do not just feed them and look after them when their parents are away, but have the privileged role of representing the trait d’union between the past and the future, building up a complicity with their grandchildren that will always make them feel part of a bigger picture.
Susanna is lucky; she has six beautiful grandchildren, and her age makes it easy for her to follow their growth, which is both physically and mentally demanding. In addition, she has been blessed with a strong and vibrant faith that, shared with her family and the spiritual community she belongs to, has helped her overcome very difficult moments, such as the horrible days she spent in the ICU after contracting Coronavirus during the early months of the pandemic.
Despite this difficult experience, which left an aftermath in her for several months, she never stopped carrying out her mission as a grandmother and caring for those seeds which, only if grown with love and patience, can bear wonderful fruit in the future.
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Susanna Testa Antoniol was born in Milan in 1957. She is married to Luigi, and has three children and seven grandchildren. The youngest, Vittoria, was born only a few months ago and therefore could not be part of this story… who knows, maybe she will be in the next one. A former primary school teacher and social worker, Susanna has been involved in a very active movement in the Church for the past 46 years, playing a pastoral and evangelising role. Together with her husband, she hosted two family broadcasts on Radio Mater for 14 years: Famiglie che parlano ad altre famiglie (Families Talking to Other Families) and La casa sulla roccia (The House on the Rock.) In 2020, she opened a column on the RnS Families Facebook page entitled Vita da nonni (Grandparents’ life). With Albatros Il Filo, she has already published La tempesta sedata (Suppressed Storm) in 2021. The publication of this book gave rise to an evangelisation project entitled Un libro a favore di chi soffre (A book for those who suffer.) In addition, the presentation of La tempesta sedata on Radio Mater led to a proposal by the broadcaster for a new collaboration, which gave rise to a new column aired on Monday mornings, again in favour of the family, co-hosted with her religious sister Caterina Marchese, entitled La famiglia risplende (Family shines.)grown with love and patience, can bear wonderful fruit in the future.