From Lucio Battisti to John the Baptist, the Church in disarray: "Confusion, i'm sorry, if you're the daughter of the usual illusion and if you mess' 26 April 201826 April 2018 isoladipatmos BY LUCIO BATTISTI TO JOHN THE BAPTIST, CHURCH disarray: "CONFUSION, I'M SORRY, IF YOU ARE A CHILD OF USUAL ILLUSION AND IF YOU DO CONFUSION " . The confusion is affecting the life of the visible Church, We Fathers de The island of Patmos we write for years and who knows how many more years we will continue to write, the all too aware that today, the experience of faith, It is forced to move and purify themselves in two particular areas: the desert and the catacombs. . . Author Ariel S. Levi Gualdo . . PDF format Print article . . Lucio Battisti, archive photos In the world of the arts, There are works that can transmit perceptions and different stimuli from one time to another. Characteristic of true art expression is to talk through time, This is true for literature and theater, painting and music. The same also applies to our senses, in particular for taste and smell, it is not uncommon with the striving of the time of the foods that were rejected, for example in the period of childhood, become later very welcome and appreciated, or vice versa; Similarly it is possible that the aromatic essences that once liked, in the future they should give nuisance, or vice versa. . Hardly listening to pop music, Although aware that Italy has given the world some of the most celebrated songwriters, especially in the sixties and eighties of the twentieth century. Many songs of our authors still popular after decades, translated into many languages and known to the world public. And among these talented authors, stands Lucio Battisti. Thus, If listening to the song "Confusion", Instead of rethinking the days of my childhood - because when my cousins then sang the twenties I was nine, running time per year 1972 ―, I have been led to a reflection whole theology. The phrase that turned me on so-called "light" on the words of this song was one of the chorus: . "Confusion, i'm sorry, if you're the daughter of the usual illusion and if you mess. Confusion, you would also anoint the last little emotion » [cf. video WHO, text WHO]. . Lucio Battisti, archive photos The confusion is affecting the life of the visible Church, I write about it for years and who knows how many others I will continue to write, knowing that today, the experience of faith, It is forced to move and purified in two specific areas: the desert and the catacombs. . We start from the desert, that the experience of faith is not just a territory, but a precise metaphysical space that emerges in the Old Testament, then acquiring a proper sense in the New Testament. The desert that the ancient people of Israel must go, marks a journey of faith toward the hope of a land promised by God. The silent spaces and boundless, help to perceive how the desert is a place of grace and of meeting with God, who cares for man [cf. Dt 2,7]. Through the actions of saving and healing grace received by man listening, God changes the desert from danger and death in a place of salvation and rebirth of life, until it becomes a fruitful ground [cf. Is 35,1.7]. . In the New Testament the desert is the place from which the Precursor, John the Baptist, prepares the way for the Lord, which it is primarily via conversion: "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the Lord", as the prophet Isaiah said " [GV 1, 22-23]. And in the desert, the very Word of God made man, Christ the Lord, tried those temptations that in those same spaces desert the ancient people of Israel could not win instead. defeating, He shows how the pitfalls of Satan should be overcome by listening and obedience in faith, mutandoci into docile instruments guided by the Word of God speaking, It opens and blows away the sands of the deserts of our souls. . Lucio Battisti, archive photos If the spiritual desert is silent place in which the faith is growing and is blessed by the gifts of grace, modern catacombs are the place where faith grows, manifests and transmits. Those modern to which we are called, or sometimes forced, They are no longer the Roman catacombs of the early Christians persecuted, because the concept of catacomb and persecution is mutated in its external accidental form, even if, in substance, persecution always remains the same. Today, who keeps faith and lives, It is no longer thrown among the beasts of the Colosseum during the big games, but killed by the indifference of the new decadent paganism, all with no small difference: This no longer happens outside the Church, but inside the Church, because when the world there even deemed no longer worthy to be eaten, Sometimes it feels rather ridiculous, sunk as we are "in the satire that everything drowns in the ridiculous" [cf. My previous article, WHO], at that point we begin to sbranarci among us, unaware that the Blessed Apostle Paul admonishes us: "But if you bite and devour one another, heed that are not consumed by one another!» [Maybe 5,15]. For what the catacombs are no longer hidden places, wrapped by the silence and the dark; our modern catacombs are in the midst of the confusion generated by a man who lives ephemeral illusions, after having declared that God is dead. These are the heavy and partly prophetic words that Friedrich Nietzsche expressed in Parable of the crowds: «God is dead! God remains dead! And we have killed him!» [God is dead! God remains dead! And we have killed him!]. And on the "death of God" man has embalmed the fetish of superman, such is his fear of death, always feared by those who are completely devoid of faith, hope and charity. . Our metaphysical desert and our modern catacombs, rise in the noise of a world in confusion generated by illusions; and if the man who killed God and now feels free to proudly God someone dares to touch the fetishes of its great illusions, here he the imbalsamerà, because anyone is free from an eternal perspective, always trying to defend themselves from their fears crystallized in this museum of modern Egyptian mummies. . Lucio Battisti, archive photos The two opposing sides constituted by the so-called traditionalists Lefebvrians and against so-called progressive labeled modernist root and thread-Lutheran, antithetical in their diversity, make up the bed of the river that collects the running of tired and polluted waters of the visible Church, the flow of which should be moved by the purity of grace, not by toxic waste. Here then, the first side, He would mummify a past that must not pass; a past that is often never even existed, as the result of their fantasies, in the name of "conservation without progress» [cf. John Cavalcoli, o.p, WHO]. The second bank, which aims at a "progress without conservation ' [cf. John Cavalcoli, o.p, supra], He would rather cripple forever a present that does not have to go and evolve, thus making the life of a static Mystical Body formed by a people on a journey with Christ that his boss and we live members gives life to the pilgrim Church on earth. Hence at this point, the visible Church, from river of grace turns into a dead river. . The Word of God has been clear and a time without clarity, because its truth is eternal, containing the same eternal life its rules [cf. GV 3,36]. And clearly he warned us: "If the world hates you, know that it hated me before. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you from the world, therefore the world hates you " [GV 15, 18]. Exactly how he hated John the Baptist, that before the works of the Principe of this world [cf. GV 16,11], no attempt to mediate in any way, but with clear decision he rebuked Herod: "The wife of your brother You are not allowed to hold" [MC 6,18]. The rest of the story is known, val but worth remember: «[…] Therefore Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to kill […] An opportunity came on auspicious day, when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers, the officers and the leading men of Galilee. When the daughter of the same Herodias, She danced, and pleased Herod and his guests;. Then the king said to the girl: "Ask me what you want and I will give it". And Saul swore: "Whatever you ask me, I will give, even to the half of my kingdom ". She went out and said to his mother: "What shall I ask?”. And she said,: "The head of John the Baptist". And he ran to the king and made her request,: "I want you to give me at once on a platter the head of John the Baptist" […] Immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to reach your head " [MC 6, 19-27]. . Lucio Battisti, archive photos Showing up to the death of Christ and not be in the world, be aware that Christ may result in being hated by the world, the Baptist looked so accommodating by mediating between Herod and Herodias, or he omitted to say what is right and what is wrong, what is moral and what is immoral. What about: perhaps today the Baptist would be considered unwelcoming and not at all including, too rigorous and not very merciful, in conclusion, a kind of real proto-Pelagian made from arid desert sands, from wild honey and locusts which long had been eating, an arid idolizes the law … . From the experience of the Baptist we turn now to the words of Battisti to understand what is the "illusion" that the visible Church general "confusion", up to push her to seek the applause of the world, instead of his hatred, it costs money as well as our head placed on a tray after a dance of Salome, for satanic whim of Herodias. . Lucio Battisti, archive photos The "daughter of the usual illusion" that is "confusion" It born from today's inability to distinguish the individual person, not good infrequently, by religious aggregations, political or ideological containing its own serious and dangerous mistakes inside. Then we proceed with the examples to clarify: I am the first to have good relations with Muslim individuals with goodness, humanity and respect for others, with whom it is my pleasure to have relations. But that can not push me to a dangerous mistake: confuse the single cleaved from the group, with those who are the mistakes and the dangers contained in the structure of Islam, that does not take life from a man of God, but from the false prophet Muhammad. Having said that we should not forget another point of no small importance: when in certain historical periods, also recent, in some Arab countries they were unleashed persecution against minorities made up of Jews and Christians, it happened that some individuals have been worried about rescuing their friends Jews and Christians, But it also happened that others, until just before sincere friends, They have instead reported where they had been hidden, because at the time when it was unleashed hatred, in them he did not prevail, nor the sense of humanity or friendship, but on the one hand the tribal spirit, other collective submission to religious and political authorities; and as history teaches us, and we documented, these latter have always been the great majorities, the above documents the number of dead, because to do many dead takes many executioners and executioners of entire populations are accomplices. . Some may think that I do not I entertain relationships with representatives of Protestantism, several of which are much more lovable and worthy of so many Catholics of my knowledge, in particular of some of my fellow priests? This can not, however, lead me to a resounding failure, such would be the transfer human and goodness of the individual quality of the current schismatic and heretical which is Protestantism. Indeed, I know both sincere and friendly relations with several singles worthy Lutherans, It does not imply that unreasonably, surreal and emotional, put me to proclaim good and worthy poisonous heresies of Martin Luther and his followers, or worse to give this heresiarch the title of "reformer" and the person "well-intentioned". . Lucio Battisti, archive photos Some may think that I do not have friends, also very expensive, full of kindness towards their wives and their children, sincere and faithful friends, with two divorces behind him and a way of life totally opposite to what are the values of the Christian life? Of course I have and I frequent this kind of friends, but the goodness of the individual can not take me but to approve and declare good and just certain conduct of immoral and dissolute life. . Some may think that since his youth, species attending certain environments the so-called high society, I have not met a dense army of homosexuals, scattered among the field of the old aristocracy, The world of arts and professions, several of which are filled with kindness, sympathy and human kindness? Certain, I've known them. And many also cherish fond memories, but this can not get me to define the practice of homosexuality as a "natural variant of human sexuality", let alone just the instances of lobby gay, nor define the legitimate extension of marriage to same-sex couples, the adoption of children by these couples or worse the purchase by certain selfish wealthy&ricchioni children bought from wombs for rent. In the gay so you can not believe that with money anyone can really afford all, unless trigger a reaction the gay and ferocious witch-hunt against anyone who dares to dissent from aggressive and politicized lobbyists Sodom&Gomorra, for which the freedom of others of expression and dissent, It ends where they seek to impose their own selfishness along with their culture of death to the sound of slaps give it up to natural law, often with a spirit worthy of a real gaystapo. I wish it was clear that two wealthy&ricchioni, type Elton John and his husband-wife or husband-wife, They buy two children from the wombs for rent, not mark the triumph of life, but the triumph of the culture of death of man, of society and of a whole civilization. And if I say this, it is not because they are callous and inhumane, but because I follow the example of John the Baptist, that about, Christ gave, He not stated at all “Of, rigorous, so far, little merciful and proto-Pelagian”, but upon himself he said: "I tell you, among those born of women there is none greater than John […]» [LC 7,28]. . Salome with the Head of John the Baptist, by Guido Reni With this I think I have shown, Baptists from the Baptist, the poison mistake that for decades has infected the visible Church, reduced to a river that runs moved from polluted waters and toxic: the error is no longer distinguish the sin from the sinner, the dall'errante error. The sin, how the error, even more heresy, go decisively and harshly sentenced, always, never harbor any fear of this world and its children. Otherwise instead, the sinner and the wanderer, are welcomed and encouraged in our desert, to be able to hear the voice of the Word of Christ and prepare it in the streets, after being purified from the filth of sin. . the visible Church in recent years has chosen instead to please the world, thereby negating the very essence of the Gospel, "Embalming" in the world and the world also "our last little emotion», as sings Battisti, while the head of John the Baptist is always there, as an eternal warning on a tray, while the Church always visible more disfigured today is applauded by his fiercest enemies and the worst ever, applauding its internal self-destruction, to his being precipitated in the decadent satire, while the great whore Herodias continues to sell at a high price the dances of his daughter Salome, that is not how the tender girl of the song "Balla Linda" of Baptists: "I look for you and you give me what you can, You do not like her, no you do not like her, you do not take anything you want " [cf. WHO and WHO]. Herodias wants to take everything, because to move is the Principe of this world, one who "was precipitated, the accuser of our brothers, which accused them before our God day and night " [AP 12,10], but which it was won "through the blood of the Lamb and through the word of their testimony; for they loved not their lives even unto death " [AP 12, 11]. . "Confusion, i'm sorry, if you're the daughter of the usual illusion and if you mess. Confusion, you would also anoint the last little emotion » [cf. video WHO, text WHO]. . the Island of Patmos, 26 April 2018 . . . . «You will know the truth and the truth will set you free» [GV 8,32], but bring, spread and defend the truth not only of risks but also the costs. 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