Reblog of the day
In Italy it was once called “la ruota”, “the wheel”. For those of you who don’t know, if was a cradle made in form of a wheel (I think, using a real one) and put outside of monasteries and the like, and whose form was meant to indicate that was the place to put a child the mother could not keep and/or could not afford to declare her own. largely the same old story, I suppose, though cases of legitimately married, very poor families must have been present.
Be it as it may, the praxis showed some of the characters of past Christian society:
1) the life of the child is the good most worthy of protection, and
2) the charity of the faithful will provide for the unfortunate creatures.
This is, in fact, what happened. In a world which didn’t know the omnipresent nanny-state of modern times, and…
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