The epic tradition, which it is not aesthetic or ideology, but living force with which the Church makes us participants in the whole world the message of Christ

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The epic OF TRADITION, THAT IS NOT BEAUTY NEITHER IDEOLOGY, STRONG BUT ALIVE WITH WHICH THE PARTICIPANT CHURCH MAKES THE WORLD OF CHRIST'S MESSAGE

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We are left with an important responsibility; no we distort the sense of Tradition: it can neither destroy nor ideologically equally as ideologically waving flag. We Catholics, children of the children of the Church and Tradition, servants of Jesus Christ. This is what I have always believed, loved and defended the Tradition.

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Gabriele Giordano M. Scardocci, o.p.

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The Conversion of St. Paul, Caravaggio, collection Odescalchi

If we talk about the tradition, or what it really is in the Christian lexicon, We have to start from the Apostolic Letters Pauline:

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dear, I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you: the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, He took bread, gave thanks, he broke it and said,: "This is my body, that's for you; Do this in memory of me". In the same way, after dinner, also the cup, saying: "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, every time you drink it, in memory of me ". For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes [The Cor 11, 23 – 26].

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What St. Paul, It is what the compositional and expressive plan might call "epic". And the epic - to remember the true etymological sense of the word -, It is the story of "fairy tales" or "fantasies", but it is a higher type of expression generally, poetic or literary, that tells a real story.

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the fall of St. Paul on the road to Damascus, Caravaggio, work preserved in the Roman church of Santa Maria del Popolo

This is why often I get excited when I hear epic stories. I love literature, the theater and its own cinema for this reason. In fourth high school I loved the eternal lines of 'Iliade, siege of Troy. In that case the classical Greece has handed down orally even violent confrontation between Achilles, iracondo, and Ettore. At Cinema, I was moved before the brotherly love of Raymond and Charlie Babbit, interpreters that Dustin Hoffman will Tom Cruise, the unforgettable RainmanMan of the Rain. On stage, they gave me joy, the Ernest Sweetheart cunning arguments Themport of being Ernest. The "epic" Warriors, brothers and men with the heart beating are gifts that will always carry with me.

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The epic is one of a thousand reasons why I joined and I continue to adhere to the faith in Christ and so I joined the Order of Preachers. Faith in Jesus Christ, in its essential ad, says epic: It announces that the love of a God so great for fallen and suffering humanity enough to die on the cross to redeem. But the epic of Christianity is emphasized by St. Paul at the beginning of the song that I wanted to mention. The epic is contained in verbal couple "I received […] I sent '.

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St. Paul speaks of a fact deliver, a Tradition. That is a figure that, over the centuries, continuously it communicated and reaches us: this figure is the essential message of Christ. Even the liturgy, we note, It focuses on Tradition. In the Roman Canon we can listen in fact this sentence:

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«[…] and all true, and the Catholic Church,, apostolic faith [And with all those who guard the Catholic faith transmitted by the Apostles'.

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the martyrdom of St. Paul, by Mattia Preti [XVII sec.]

Several times, perhaps even in the queer and inopportune moments, I meditated on this passage of the Roman Canon. It is again the missal to emphasize the epic and the love of all those who have labored in the guard and give us that announcement intact. So I look back with joy to those in my life who have guarded and transmitted the message of Jesus: first my two grandmothers. Really they have given me an invaluable repository of faith.

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Tradition is the Trinitarian dance circling the world. It is the main force, together with the Scripture, with which the Church makes us participants in the whole world the message of Christ. A message, teaches Letter to Diognetus, which is not invented by a philosophical reflection. That message is essentially the encounter with the Risen Jesus.

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To broadcast, be part of the Tradition means ultimately bring together the poor and the needy, material as a spiritual, the face of God who loves him and keep him,.

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We are left with an important responsibility; no we distort the sense of Tradition: it can neither destroy nor ideologically equally as ideologically waving flag. We Catholics, children of the children of the Church and Tradition, servants of Jesus Christ. This is what I have always believed, loved and defended the Tradition. I then try to make a breakthrough.

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Inside the tomb of St. Paul, in the homonymous major Roman basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls

Father Yves Congar [1904-1995], in 1975 wrote:

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"Tradition (is) something quite different from a mechanical and repetitive affirmation of the past: it is the active presence of a principle in all its history ".

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We called ourselves to enter into the dynamics of Tradition, as clerics, secular and religious. Called to be a living presence with Tradition. The order to which I belong, the Order of Preachers founded by St. Dominic de Guzman, It was born of the thirst for truth that the men of the thirteenth century yearned desperately; the Middle Aged, desertified by Cathar and Waldensian, He begged our brothers: "Bring the refreshing water of the Catholic faith".

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This deep desire has not stopped the mIDDLE aGE. It has survived the centuries and it is now up to date. So all of us, not only the Dominicans, today continue to preach and transmit the integrity of the doctrine and to strive to live every moment, despite our sins and our weaknesses. Thinking back to the double blessing, will be implemented upon the spouses the request of the celebrant: "Holy Father, grant that these sons, united in front of you as spouses, communicate to your table, to participate together with joy at the banquet of heaven ". Thinking back to the religious profession and ordination will implement the formula: "And God who began this work in you, bring it to completion ". We become everyone humble fervent Catholics, loads of Holy Tradition, and the fulfillment of God's masterpiece will be realized in us.

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"Sweet Jesus, Jesus 'love' [St. Caterina da Siena]

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Rome, 7 February 2019

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