Candida Belloti is a Roman Catholic nun, aged 110 years. During her birthday celebration on Monday the peaceful nun shared some of her tips for living a long and fulfilled life.
While some of the world’s oldest persons have attributed their longevity to food choices, she says the trick is buried in the four lettered words- LOVE.
“Love, love and keep on loving. With joy!”
Sr Candida Belloti said this after the cake cutting segment of the celebration which took place at the convent where she lives in the Tuscan town of Lucca.
Adding to the ingredient of love, she equally says this,
“Take things as they come”.
“Have faith in the future, and put in as much work as you can to make your wishes come true.”
The above tips must have really served as her life long mantra or better still lessons learnt from her life experiences.
In a world full of hurting people and broken dreams, Sr Belloti finds love, joy and faith to be the best guiding principles to live by. As a religious of the catholic church, advising that people subscribe to the mentioned attributes is clearly inspired by her Christian faith.
Born in Verona, Belloti has been alive to witness 2 world wars, 10 popes and 57 Italian prime ministers. For a person who has lived that long and witnessed significant times in history, if she says the secret is love, joy and faith, then that has really got to be the secret for long life.
Sr Candida Belloti became a nun in 1931 with the Ministre degli Infermi di San Camillo order. In the course of her religious obligation, she has worked as a nurse in hospitals and care homes across the country.
Surrounded by nuns from her order, as it’s usually the case in previous birthdays, her 110th year anniversary was celebrated in the presence of the bishop of Lucca, Italo Castellani.
Pope Francis who celebrated with the nun during her 107 birthday 3 years ago also sent in his good wishes and prayers for the nun.
Still giving out more tips for a fulfilled life, Belloti advises that we live on purpose; to be useful wherever we find ourselves at each point in time.
“Throughout my life, I have always thought to myself: Where God puts me, that is the right place for me.”
She says her fulfillment in life comes from the fact that her wishes came true in executing her work in the covenant.
The nun explained that her own wishes had been fulfilled by carrying out the work of the convent.
Interestingly, Sr Belloti is not the oldest nun in Italy, rather she is the oldest native nun in Italy.
Though not an Italian, 115-year old Sr Marie-Josephine Gaudette is the oldest known nun in the country.
Sr Gaudette was born in New Hampshire and later moved to Italy in the late 1950s. She lives in one of the convents in Rome.