That is why she was soon sent to the adult ward. Difficult, and sometimes dangerous. The climate, as has been said, was not favourable to the presence of the sisters. They often had to put up with difficulties, insults, obstructions of all kinds, and carry out their work of witnessing in silence. Dr Buglioni, in service at Santo Spirito, left a memory of her: “Always very sweet, she lent herself to doing not only what was her duty, but even more and very willingly; prompt, humble, cheerful”.
The last five years of her life were spent in the ward among the tuberculosis patients. The silence of her passing was filled with gestures of charity. An eyewitness recalls of her:
“In the evening, before retiring, she did not fail to approach the beds of the most serious and the most dangerous; she would recommend pillows to them and say a few good words to them. It sometimes happened that strange or disgruntled patients would do her some rudeness, such as throwing the plate of food on the floor or even on her. Even in these cases, sister Agostina did not lose her patience and treated them severely”.
One day, for taking a knife from a patient, she was attacked and beaten, so much so that the sisters began to fear for her. “We are very exposed, but the Lord watches over us”, replied Sister Agostina, “and therefore we must not neglect our duty of charity to escape danger, even if it costs us our lives… We must expect everything. This is how Jesus was treated”.
Giuseppe Romanelli was a convicted criminal, known in Rome by the nickname ‘Pippo er Ciocco’. The police and hospital management knew of his turmoil and when he was expelled from the ward for intemperance, he threatened Sister Agostina, who had nothing to do with it, with revenge on her.