Dear Fedez, but when death takes you, that will remain of your desires, perhaps vanity of vanity?

DEAR FEDEZ, BUT WHEN DEATH WILL GET YOU, THAT WILL REMAIN OF YOUR WISHES, MAYBE VANITY OF VANITY?

- Church news - Before life, to physical decay, to sickness and death, we are all truly the same. Then, that after death our lifeless body is placed in a monumental tomb inside a precious chest or buried in the bare earth wrapped in a sheet, decomposition is the same for everyone, from the emperor to the last of his yokels.

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Author
Ivano Liguori, Ofm. Capp.

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photo posted by Polynesia on social media from Fedez

Federico Leonardo Lucia, known to the public as Fedez, in his short video announced that he was suffering from a health problem. Of course, we must first of all see what is authentic, because these characters would be willing to do anything for publicity's sake. We therefore take it for granted - unfortunately and with sincere human regret - that everything is true.

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The reflection that I did hot was very short and I quickly let you know: it takes very little to find yourself as they say with your ass on the ground for one “variable” or for a “accident” that it is not possible to foresee and that - thanks be to God - it remains totally democratic by striking every man, because in front of life, to physical decay, to sickness and death, we are all truly the same. Then, that after death our lifeless body is placed in a monumental tomb inside a precious chest or buried in the bare earth wrapped in a sheet, decomposition is the same for everyone, from the emperor to the last of his yokels.

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This means that our life understood as a gift from God cannot be given any other purpose than that which has already been revealed to us by Our Savior Jesus Christ in the Holy Gospel. But we often think otherwise, as they are used to doing these influence who - as public figures - feel invested in conveying their banal, superficiali e spesso volgari stili di vita che non dovrebbero trovare accoglimento e giustificazione né per l’estrazione sociale né per età anagrafica, né per un passato più o meno turbolento. E la ragione è semplice: tutti un giorno saremo giudicati sulla carità, quindi sulle vere ricchezze del nostro cuore che è stato conquistato dalla Verità.

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La Provvidenza di Dio, che è piena Verità, ci mette spesso davanti il limite per ricordarci che siamo «Vanità di vanità», come impresso nel Libro del Qoelet. Just so. And vanity cannot stand in the face of the inevitable confrontation sooner or later with the fear of disease, with the terror of losing those you love, with the realism of those who look back and discover that they are as fragile and poor as the rich Dives [cf.. LC 16, 19-31].

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In the blessing wish may the Lord assist Fedez, his family, his doctors, I pray that the superficial style, diseducative and arrogant with which he has often influenced others - perhaps in the illusion of having found his own truth - in particular our very young, da oggi a seguire cambi e assuma una prospettiva diversa dall’immagine che ha diffuso fino a ora. E chissà, magari arriverà a scoprire che Cristo che, come con la Samaritana, lo stava aspettando presso il pozzo di Sicar, quel pozzo della prova per dissetarlo con la sua presenza di Salvatore [cf.. GV 4, 1-25].

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A dire questo è un presbitero cappuccino che ha prestato lungo e intenso servizio come cappellano in un grande ospedale, a contatto con la malattia e la morte giorno dietro giorno, for years and years. E, incidentally: a few days ago I was discharged from a hospital where I stayed for a couple of weeks, running a serious and concrete risk. Despite this, I was calm, even in the face of the by no means remote risk of not getting out alive, despite having all in all "only" 44 year old. And this is because my hope has a name: Jesus Christ Son of God, who in spite of my many and grave sins gives me salvation from that ephemeral world, patinated, arrogant and vulgar in which the influence they delude themselves that they have found the new earthly paradise.

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God bless you Fedez, I wish you so as a priest and as an older brother.

 

the Island of Patmos, 17 March 2022

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