Artemide Zatti was a simple man of humble origin. The Hospital was the place where he practised virtue day after day to a heroic degree. He went round the city and its suburbs on his bicycle. He saw each of his patients as a “little Jesus” to be cared for with dedication and love. He prayed while cycling and the few hours that remained were devoted to study and spiritual reading. Even when he went to bed he was still always available for any calls that might come.
It has been said that his best medicine was himself: his joyful cheerful attitude, the jokes, and his affection for every one of his patients. He not only administered medicine, but helped his patients to see in their situation a sign of God’s will, especially when death was near. He was not only a nurse, but an educator in the faith, in times of trial and sickness – a good Samaritan in the style of Don Bosco, a sign and bearer of God’s love.
Pope Francis is a great devotee of Artemide Zatti. His memory invites us to promote the vocation of the Salesian Brother, without which the Salesian Congregation would not be the one desired and founded by Don Bosco.