About the Coronavirus: and every plague pandemic in human history has always marked a renaissance: "The above, famine and war libera nos, Dominated"

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ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS: PESTILENCE EACH AND PANDEMIC HAS ALWAYS MARKED THE HISTORY OF MANKIND A RENAISSANCE: «fish, FAME ET BEAUTIFUL FREE NOS, DOMINATED»

 

As we approach a particularly extensive disease, this would seem to be the Coronavirus, Today we do not discuss more about spreaders, monatti, lazzaretti e crociferi: the Manzoni era ended long ago. The discussion climbs, instead, of land much more rugged and treacherous, that involve the responsibility of the government and ruling classes immigrazioniste and health policies in place to limit the contamination. And in this scene there are plenty of buck, the deniers radicals, the conspiracy theorists, or certain Catholics who advocate the impending Apocalypse, to follow along with the devotees of conspiracy more refined and so to follow.

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Ivano Liguori, Ofm. Capp.

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Flemish Representation of the great black plague: "Macabre dance"

When still prayed, before the danger he used to supplicate: «A fish, famine and war libera nos, Domine» [by the plague, by famine and war, Lord].

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As a priest I played years of sacred ministry in a large hospital, in contact with patients suffering from various diseases and disabilities, including a rare type, I was therefore also in daily contact with medical specialists.

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If we look at the history of medicine, data in hand, we can easily understand how diseases have represented a time of suffering and trial are not always manageable within the human community.

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The epidemic grew e pandemic They have often undermined the moments of social welfare and economic prosperity and inaugurated forced penitential periods, unwillingly, They have had the merit of correcting the Promethean race man, much to resize it and make it more wise and sensible. Or rather: the man who feels all powerful, often, at the very moment when all those discovers his physical fragility making it vulnerable, it reminds of the existence of an Almighty God.

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Who remembers The Betrothed, will certainly present chapter 35 in the words of the Good Father Christopher about the plague occurred in Don Rodrigo. The Capuchin friar expresses a factual assessment that sums up the economy of Divine Providence according to Manzoni:

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«[Over n.d.r.] It can be punished, It may be mercy ".

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The man in front of the infection of the disease You can accuse a blow to his anxiety of omnipotence, as well as it can recognize themselves in need of divine mercy which recovers and saves the dehumanization of their state of life and obfuscation of that divine grace received in Baptism. Or to put it another way again, the disease is capable of imposing a limit that man is not capable of giving and, wrongly or rightly, it becomes useful to rephrase again an objective view about his own life.

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Expenses, among the my twenty-five readers Island of Patmos [N.d.R. but that are not twenty-five thousand!], He faced a serious illness enough to result in hospitalization at a hospital, I will know what I'm talking about. Many more will present the variety of questions that crowd the mind and heart in those moments of forced captivity, so as to require an urgent reordering of priorities of life and a change of pace.

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Of these moments of verification, related to the disease, we humans we have experienced several up to now and again we will live. Remaining only the twentieth century, no further delve further than the memory is capable of doing, it is possible to mention the major historical influenza pandemics over the period running from 1918 to the 1968. These diseases are named according to their geographical location, then there was talk of Spanish flu, of Asian influence and pandemia in Hong Kong. The official name, obviously, follows a policy of functional whole that has nothing to do with xenophobic connotations that less and less racial. Thank goodness the disease, as well as death, It has no ideological veins and is perhaps the only truly democratic thing that unites humanity today, regardless of the people, race, religion or non-religion.

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For reference let us not forget the epidemic Sars, stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which it covered an atypical form of pneumonia appeared for the first time in November 2002 Guangdong Province in China. Since last 7 January 2020 China is once again the protagonist of the global healthcare landscape through the spread of a new influenza virus strain that we know under the name of Coronavirus. Diseases such as these, viral, are manifested in an irregular manner and sudden so as not to be able to identify with absolute certainty the patient zero that acts as a scapegoat on which to pour the responsibility.

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psychological Subtleties, you say, perhaps. But even attempts to escape those perverse and unknown vagaries of fate that haranguing man's life with frequent backhanders. For since the world began, the disease is the physical component within the life of men that raises the biggest spiritual questions, so much so that it is necessary to disturb the faith and reason in order to reach a way that induces to decrease fear and to strengthen the hope for the future.

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As they approach a particularly extensive disease, this would seem to be the Coronavirus, Today we do not discuss more about spreaders, monatti, lazzaretti e crociferi: the Manzoni era ended long ago. The discussion climbs, instead, of land much more rugged and treacherous, that involve the responsibility of the government and ruling classes immigrazioniste and health policies in place to limit the contamination. And in this scene there are plenty of buck, the deniers radicals, the conspiracy theorists, or certain Catholics who advocate the impending Apocalypse, to follow along with the devotees of conspiracy more refined and so to follow. Unfortunately,, in these situations we include also those who do not make the slightest scruple to obtain an advantage for the benefit of their own personal cause or party. But I leave it to others far more competent than me the socio-political analysis of the virus and health emergency, I will only make a few comments about the theology of health, which can promote some useful clue about the way of understanding and living the illness in the Christian sense.

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When the believer It is immersed in any type of serious illness, You should carefully deal with it using the shield of faith. This is not only a duty but also makes sense. Not so much for some superstitious bigotry spread, but because the whole life of the believer is really permeated by the presence of the Word made man, which does not hesitate to reveal its presence also infirmity. In this regard I want to mention the interview with Luca Tolve about that of his sick condition [see WHO]:

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"I contracted AIDS, and thought I would die, I was convinced. It was the lowest point of my life, a resounding fall. Faith and psychotherapy along with prayer saved me ... ".

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No additional comments to highlight the fact that in therapeuticity care, the presence of God is reality for those who believe and at the same time extremely serious. That said I also want to clarify that the quote about Luca di Tolve must be understood solely as a reference to the pathology of AIDS, disease that continues to have an important social stigma and a very high spread in some areas of the planet.

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Given the content of this article, it would not help much dwelling on the past of Luke as a former homosexual or debate on the close connection between lifestyles at risk and related conditions. Luca di Tolve is the example of a man suffering from a serious disease, which begins a global healing process so much along the channels of conventional medicine but do not forget the spiritual medicine that in Christ the heavenly physician par excellence.

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So as believers we are aware which also faced serious infirmity that affects humanity, or to those various pathologies that make some disabled or permanently disabled, you can always draw on a longer life expectancy which has its center in the Savior.

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The experience of Luca Tolve It arises corolla of those words of Jesus in the Gospel of John in reference to the death of Lazarus:

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"This illness does not lead to death, but for the glory of God, that through it the Son of God may be glorified " [cf. GV 11,4].

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At this point it is good to ask Jesus what he means when it uses the expression "to the glory of God". For example, we must understand how the glory of God, the resurrection of Lazarus who has led many to believe in Christ or is the glory of God that Lazarus is sick and therefore have experienced death? We need to understand how the glory of God that Luca di Tolve has been ill with AIDS or who for his life this disease condition has deepened through greater seriousness and awareness of faith so as to arrive at a genuine conversion? Evidently, and in the case of Lazarus of Bethany that Luca di Tolve, the pathological aspect is that oppositional force that paralyzed man, impoverishing its existence up to plunge it into turmoil and despair.

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Before the disease, however, there is Christ, the Saviour, that calling Lazarus from death to life and Luca, It constitutes the proof of the glory of the Father who is fully manifested through the work of the Son [cf. Also the song of John 9,3].

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The Church, as well as the Christian people, in certain epochs, in front of invasive disease, had no other resort solution to custody to God and the supernatural means of grace. And this not only for the shortage of medical and health resources available and the recent past still without antibiotics and antivirals, but essentially the fact that prayer and penance decentralize the heart of man by his own selfishness and make it more wise to dispose oneself to do the will of the Father in the service of the brothers. And today we have an extreme need to relearn penance, to accept purification for personal faults, social and national concern us. I find it sensible to the Father Ariel thought when a television program said that the Church today would need to celebrate a Synod that has as its theme Penance, unfortunately this route appears little viable because even among us priests is lost the profound sense of penance.

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Just as the Church, also the world's governments need to recognize their mistakes and take responsibility. The face of sin is necessary to provide a barrier that protects the visible consequences of a guilty consumed and which then turns into distorted ways of living, in deadly bills, in business and economic guidelines unscrupulous, in criminal medical experiments, in bioethical inhuman doctrines, in illusory social strategies.

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When evil attacks, Also in bacteriological or viral dimension, we must be ready and able to respond not only with the scientific knowledge available to us, but above all with the simplicity of the faith that has made conversion, prayer, penance and with the reaffirmation of those theological virtues that bind us to God by baptism.

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Let us understand this first: Forgiveness does not replace justice, and penance, and penitential works not diminish mercy, but rather it is due to justice and penitence that we can recognize the value and the necessity of mercy. We will not deceive, the disease is the daughter of the ancient disobedience that comes from the freedom given to man by his Creator and that originates that original sin and leading the division between God and man, between man and nature created, between man and his fellow man. These consequences can touch, mysteriously, even the innocent and those who do not have immediate responsibility in this regard.

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The outbreak of a global pandemic God's providential economy one way through which we come to know the truth with our heart and to recognize the mistakes made. We are facing a time cairologico, certainly purgatory, but invites us to respond by strengthening the Kingdom of God in our midst, instead succumb to despair and to fatalism. I will try to clarify everything with an example to clarify the concept of "Providence" and "mercy": when the great black plague - which is also developed in China around 1340 - he exterminated between 1346 and 1348 more than half of the European population, few decades after that tragic event Europe resources and entered into what historians call the era of modernity, creating around 1450 in the Renaissance of which many are ignorant of the true meaning. To understand it would be enough just to ask: but from what, Europe was being reborn? First of all, by the very plague that had devastated reducing the city before the pandemic counted one hundred thousand inhabitants in semi-spectral centers, to municipalities and half uninhabited architectural structures in ruins that plague ended were inhabited by four or five people.

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How will evolve the Coronavirus over time, what consequences will bring in Italy and around the world? Today we can not know with certainty, what we do know is that the Lord never allows a test for men that can not be addressed and overcome by assigning him, because ours is the God of life and salvation, not death and despair. We could say, under many aspects, that ours is the God of the continuing renaissance ...

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Maybe you should go back to a healthy Catholic tradition who was not ashamed to recite to the Christian faithful the Litany. Through long penitential processions, the faithful were not afraid to ask God for deliverance from sudden death, by the plague, famine and war. demands, perhaps all too human but certainly full of genuine faith, sincere love and real concern for the salvation of one's soul.

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Even before the Coronavirus You can with the same momentum once proclaim the penitential Libera nos Domine and see how the Lord for us to undertake this battle, despite our infidelity and defections. And in any case, we always reborn, because we are children of the risen Christ.

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Laconi, 27 February 2020

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2 thoughts on "About the Coronavirus: and every plague pandemic in human history has always marked a renaissance: "The above, famine and war libera nos, Dominated"

  1. She sees his father not only committed a grave error in this his speech revealing suffering from congenital disease and what is the ineradicable ethnocentrism, an illness that just the 'western' but he also committed a possible svariore in relation to the Faith. Of course, everyone can have his views on the conflict, perhaps artificial, Medieval and Renaissance. However by many (useless to the list) many have seen in the Middle Ages, the period in which God was the center of everything and in the Renaissance God has been replaced by the man and his individualistic particularism. Just think of the art relief that the prospect as a space ordered by man not by chance that certain disciplines defined heretic – Gnostic exploded in the Renaissance: ermetismo, cabbala, alchemy etc which E. Wind (between the motions) There has well documnentato.
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