Sugar and "The spirit in the dark," where shines the inextinguishable light of Christ the Redeemer

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SUGAR AND THE "SPIRIT IN THE DARK 'WHERE THE LIGHT SHINES unquenchable OF CHRIST REDEEMER

On the Feast of the Presentation, said Candlemas, light candles. These candles, our candles allows the tiny flame to light the darkness in the world. To show our spirit in the dark, because lit by the spirit of love of Jesus offered to the temple.

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Author:
Gabriele Giordano M. Scardocci, o.p.

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Dear brothers and sisters,

the singer Emilia Adelmo Fornaciari, known under the stage name Zucchero

on this feast of the Presentation [texts of the Liturgy of the Word, WHO], He passed through the radio a song by Italian singer Zucchero, entitled Spirit in the dark. The author has a wish: that the world is poured out of a love light. In fact, the lyrics explicitly says: "I'd like to see the world in a celebration that lights up the spirit in the dark '.

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On the Feast of the Presentation, said Candlemas, light candles. These candles, our candles allows the tiny flame to light the darkness in the world. To show our spirit in the dark, because lit by the spirit of love of Jesus offered to the temple.

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Let us meditate on this feast, starting from the text of the Old Testament prophet Malachi:

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"Behold, I will send my messenger to prepare the way before me: […] He is like a refiner's fire and like 'soap' [Ml 3, 2].

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In this prophecy, Malachi He describes God's messenger with two images: fire and lye, that it was used as a detergent to whiten clothes. Both of these two elements, recall the purification and back clean after dirty. This messenger is not then an angel, that it is not called to purify, disinfect and wash. Malachi already proclaims Christ, It called for this task so important: volunteer for our purification.

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This is a reminder to purify our lives then, our habits, above all, our way of living the faith. Let us purify our lives by idols that, unseen, They have occupied the center.

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To reach questthe we become aware that God takes care of us, as he explained by the author of the Letter to the Hebrews:

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"Christ did not take care of the angels, but the stock of Abraham cares " [EB 2, 16]

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In a way, we can rest assured of this continuing protection of the Lord. Even in the face of difficult and terrible events of history, that are beyond our control and our responsibility, we can only put us under his wing.

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I also think of these days, for example about the news on the Coronavirus, that however exaggerated, show by good share of the world population a sense of loss. Let the Lord to protect us, with the help of scientists and doctors: fearless.

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In fact, the feast of Jesus which is presented to the temple it is summarized in this: Jesus is offered to the Father, devoted father to free us from sin and from all the attendant anxieties, as they illustrate the words of the wise and old Simeon read benedisse and Mary his mother said:

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"Here, he is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and as a sign of contradiction - and you yourself a sword will pierce your soul -, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed " [LC 2, 34].

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Jesus is called and is offered in the Temple, of which he becomes the center and foundation. Indeed, in his being offered and presented in the Temple, It stands as the definitive place to meet God. That is why Jesus is a sign of contradiction and fall for many: because the Pharisees were tied to their ritual patterns and practices of the Temple, but they had lost their characteristic of being rituals to bring us into communion with God. Jesus is rather the one who reveals the thoughts of many hearts: reveals the contradiction of a bigoted religion and repetitive rather than to God who asks us a true faith membership, actively and responsibly.

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Faith thus becomes not a habit for us all and mechanical repetition: This would indeed be a contradiction for all of us. Instead fan the faith, offering all of us to the temple with Jesus, living it with strength in the everyday.

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Charles Baudelaire, although he counted from literary criticism to the group of so-called "cursed poets", far from being devoid of depth, writes: "Fly away away from these morbid miasma; goes' to purify the upper air, and drink, as a pure and divine liquor, clear fire that fills the limpid spaces »

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The Lord always give us the desire to quench our thirst his consecrated wine, to let the spaces of his eternity in our life offered to him.

Amen.

Rome, 2 February 2020

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14 thoughts on "Sugar and "The spirit in the dark," where shines the inextinguishable light of Christ the Redeemer

  1. Thanks reflection. However, I would ask you not to hold up the sugar singer as voice 'useful’ for the beautiful reflection that you have done. Or better: in his text there is a starting point for reflection, Accord to; but I would avoid putting the link on youtube type references for his video.

    Unless it has been struck on a 'road to Damascus’ (which does not appear anywhere) Sugar is one of the largest existing blasphemers of Christ on earth. It says so himself!
    I remember a phrase: “I wonder if God exists? Certain: lo bestemmio, so there!”

    I would have liked, therefore, He had been inspired by a phrase but distancing himself from his person, living in utter disregard for Christ and His Church. Remember?: “only a healthy and conscious lust save the young from stress and the action Catholic…”

    some have pleased, send fraternal greetings in Christ

    Yehohanan

  2. Allow me to respond to his brother yehohanan. No one is completely good or completely bad (among those present on Earth) and this is no exception Sugar.
    So although there is a model to follow, if it says something good and just because they despise…? Even the demon exorcism under extraordinarily composed a beautiful poem to the Mother of God. We can read it without praising the’ author (but attributing at least the origin to avoid to appropriate) dwelling only on the Truth proclaiming.

  3. We thank Luca for words, I see I completely agree. Indeed, as I wrote in the second part of my speech, I would have liked a sentence like: “cite this singer but obviously we distance from its (spiritually) busted kind of life…”…so, so as not to give rise to misunderstandings.
    I confess, and here I can be deceptive, that after reading the article I have not been clear if sugar had been taken to model approach to spirituality, or if the reference was exclusively to his words.
    Thanks again…

    1. … let me know, because maybe I missed something: the Church day after day in disarray, we are overwhelmed by doctrinal problems, moral and financial, our credibility as clergy is at its lowest, the churches are increasingly empty and people teases us when we pass on the street and …. and your concern, before this disaster that only the blind can not see, It is to do the fleas to a Dominican preacher who cited a positive element taken from the song of a singer who is certainly not a model of Christian virtues?

      And with that I painted realistically bleak spirit of some of our faithful before which, if we priests had no solid faith, long we would really thrown in the towel.

  4. caro don Ciro…in the first place is not the “your” but my, as you call, concern: brother Luca Innocenti has nothing to do.

    E in second: I'm not the least bit concerned, nor do the fleas to “Dominican preacher”. I only expressed an opinion…not thinking that would attract your disappointment to the point you judge the faithful on the basis of a few simple words.

    E in the third: the fact that the faithful leave and laugh in the face of clerical is because they do not see in them the face of Christ.
    Become holy, but not socially, that is good to bring food to those in need: become holy to p. Pio and the Holy Curé of Ars… then do miracles (of course in the name of Christ and for His glory)… and then you will see that people, in your church, It has no place because it will be packed and they do not laugh at you behind anyone.
    But obviously to be down here to take the time to answer me, It will not help you much to pursue the path of holiness.
    his, on…withn along this road and do it again the beautiful Bride of Christ.

    Yehohanan

  5. Excuse me have patience, but I think it just missed the spirit in which I compose homilies.
    If you take a look to the other sermons, always see that there is a cultural attraction, or art, or finally some daily event.

    These are the "trampoline" conceptual through which it passes from a natural truth to a supernatural truth.
    This is why I did not want, obviously, take sugar as a Catholic role model, but only his song, rather a portion of it and then raise their gaze.
    The whole is, however, typical of the Dominican preaching:
    Contemplating the other hand contempata.

    1. Dear Don Ciro, his answer to me humiliates and demeans. It was not my intention, nor that of Yehohanan “make eyes to fleas” a Dominican priest. We know that stellar distance between us and you about Dignity, authority,Carismi. Far be it from us pretend to teach priests ( if anything, in case of failure to correct them fraternally). We wanted to emphasize and defend that difference butchered by today's society there is between being(anime) and produce (acts or words). If that she intends to detail as I venture to say to me that this distinction is the basis for an objective approach to relations with those around me, fixed point before you even think. If then we are the “bleak spirit” that characterizes today's faithful… who wants us… this is what moves the convent… Peace and Good !

  6. Bravo Luca! with you the 100%

    e @ Don Gabriele: I do not believe that I was criticizing. It was just a setup preference Article, that's all. Maybe I'm too picky…I admit. And perhaps it would not be necessary.
    And’ that resonates in me said s. to be blameless Paul, ie not to lay a cicchessia who wants to hurt us.
    Fraternal greetings…

    1. This I understand what you mean.
      just try not to be closed but open ourselves mentally. No doctrine as false is completely false, writes St. Thomas Aquinas.
      So let the seeds of truth everywhere.
      Fraternal greetings to you too.

      P.S. because from-Tuxedo, please: i am Gabriele the father Gabriele and not don Gabriel. 🙂

  7. kind of Gabriele
    to carry a sentence of John's Gospel 14,6 “Jesus said: "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”
    because she says “we look for the seeds of truth everywhere.” with his reasoning falls perhaps not in relativism?
    Thank you

    1. Then you take this passage of the Gospel and explain to us what can not read it …

      "And Jesus said to them,: “Truly, I say: The tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God. Is John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe; the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him instead. You, on the contrary, though she had seen these things, you do not even repent and believe him”» [Mt 21, 31-32].

      What seeds of good points to Christ, in this category of people who were considered the most lowly age?

  8. Santa Angela of Foligno loved even toads, because he saw in them a trace of love of God.
    L’ Art is the little sister of religion and is nearest to the truth of science, because “reasons” with heart.
    In parallel, non-sequential.
    A sinner.

  9. The toads are lusijgati and thank you for such great condescension, other creatures less view this reflection of Hillman that groom fully

    Who I am, the animals that appear in our dreams, and why are we, just us who have spent the last two centuries to exterminate them regularly, at an ever faster pace, mercilessly, species after species, in every part of the globe?”
    (James Hillman)

    It would do well to read Viveiros de Castro, perhaps you understand more about the human animal raporto
    In. B.

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