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Girolamo Savonarola

Data di nascita: 21. Settembre 1452
Data di morte: 23. Maggio 1498

Girolamo Maria Francesco Matteo Savonarola è stato un religioso, politico e predicatore italiano.

Appartenente all'ordine dei frati domenicani O.P., profetizzò sciagure per Firenze e per l'Italia propugnando un modello teocratico per la Repubblica fiorentina instauratasi dopo la cacciata dei Medici.

Nel 1497 apparentemente fu scomunicato da papa Alessandro VI, l'anno dopo fu impiccato e bruciato sul rogo come «eretico, scismatico e per aver predicato cose nuove», e le sue opere furono inserite nel 1559 nell'Indice dei libri proibiti. Gli scritti di Savonarola sono stati riabilitati dalla Chiesa nei secoli seguenti fino a essere presi in considerazione in importanti trattati di teologia. La causa della sua beatificazione è stata avviata il 30 maggio 1997 dall'arcidiocesi di Firenze.

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„The reason why I entered into a religious order is this: first, the great misery of the world, the wickedness of men, the rapes, the adulteries, the thefts, the pride, the idolatry, the vile curses, for the world has come to such a state that one can no longer find anyone who does good“

—  Girolamo Savonarola

Letter to his father (25 April 1475), as quoted in A Guide to Righteous Living and Other Works (2003) as translated by Konrad Eisenbichler, p. 17 http://books.google.com/books?id=5GLhEQiogQ8C&pg=PA17&dq=%22wickedness+of+men,+the+rapes,+the+adulteries,+the+thefts,+the+pride,+the+idolatry%22&lr=&cd=1#v=onepage&q=%22wickedness%20of%20men%2C%20the%20rapes%2C%20the%20adulteries%2C%20the%20thefts%2C%20the%20pride%2C%20the%20idolatry%22&f=false
Contesto: The reason why I entered into a religious order is this: first, the great misery of the world, the wickedness of men, the rapes, the adulteries, the thefts, the pride, the idolatry, the vile curses, for the world has come to such a state that one can no longer find anyone who does good; so much so that many times every day I would sing this verse with tears in my eyes: Alas, flee from cruel lands, flee from the shores of the greedy. I did this because I could not stand the great wickedness of the blind people of Italy, especially when I saw that virtue had been completely cast down and vice raised up.

„Be earnest in prayer, but do not neglect human means. You must help yourself in all manner of ways, and then the Lord will be with you.“

—  Girolamo Savonarola

Reported in Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895) edited by Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, p. 124
Contesto: God is the best helper, but He loves to be helped. Be earnest in prayer, but do not neglect human means. You must help yourself in all manner of ways, and then the Lord will be with you.

„If he that would summon a Parliament be of the Signoria, let his head be cut off“

—  Girolamo Savonarola

Sermon of July 28, 1495, which historian Ludwig Pastor calls Savonarola's "sermon against the tumultuous assemblies, misnamed parliaments, which the Medici encouraged to serve their own ends", as quoted in History of the Popes (1898) by Ludwig Pastor, vol. 5, p. 209. http://books.google.com/books?id=MZ4YAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA209&dq=%22let+his+head+be+cut+off%22+savonarola&hl=en&sa=X&ei=H-ElT-DWOLGpsAKxqP2MAg&ved=0CDsQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=%22let%20his%20head%20be%20cut%20off%22%20savonarola&f=false
Contesto: If he that would summon a Parliament be of the Signoria, let his head be cut off; if he be not of it, let him be proclaimed a rebel and all his goods confiscated; … should the Signoria seek to call a Parliament … all may cut them to pieces without sin.

„The Pope may err, and that in two ways, either because he is erroneously informed, or from malice. As to the latter cause we leave that to the judgment of God, and believe rather that he has been misinformed.“

—  Girolamo Savonarola

Sermon (18 February 1498) http://books.google.com/books?id=92QaAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA26&dq=%22savonarola+asserted+in+his+sermon+on%22&hl=en&ei=i1uNTYXyFMPH0QGf682zCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CDAQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22savonarola%20asserted%20in%20his%20sermon%20on%22&f=false, as translated in History of the Popes (1901) by Ludwig Pastor, as translated by Frederick Ignatius Antobus, Vol. 6, p. 26
Contesto: The Pope may err, and that in two ways, either because he is erroneously informed, or from malice. As to the latter cause we leave that to the judgment of God, and believe rather that he has been misinformed. In our own case I can prove that he has been falsely persuaded. Therefore any one who obstinately upholds the excommunication and affirms that I ought not to preach these doctrines is fighting against the kingdom of Christ, and supporting the kingdom of Satan, and is himself a heretic, and deserves to be excluded from the Christian community.

„Behold the sword of the Lord will descend suddenly and quickly upon the earth.“

—  Girolamo Savonarola

Motto he beheld in a vision (December 1492), as quoted in History of the Christian Church, Vol. V (1910) by Philip Schaff, and David Schley Schaff p. 688
Behold the sword of the Lord, swift and sure, over the earth.
As quoted in Books: The Sword of God" in TIME (17 August 1959)
Originale: (la) Ecce gladius Domini super terram, cito et velociter.

„Whoever excommunicates me, excommunicates God.“

—  Girolamo Savonarola

Colui che scomunica me scomunica Dio.
A History of the Church: The Revolt Against the Church: Aquinas to Luther, (1947, 1979, 1993), by Philip Hughes, Vol. 3, p. 493 http://www.freivald.org/~jake/church-history/historyOfTheChurch_volume3chapter5.html Google books file http://books.google.com/books?id=L2nvpmOLdLwC&pg=PA493&dq=savonarola+%22excommunicates+god%22&cd=1#v=onepage&q=savonarola%20%22excommunicates%20god%22&f=false ISBN 0722079834 ISBN 9780722079836

„I am the hailstorm that shall break the heads of those who do not take shelter.“

—  Girolamo Savonarola

As quoted in Books: The Sword of God" in TIME (17 August 1959) http://www.time.com/time/printout/0,8816,937912,00.html, a review of The Life Of Girolamo Savonarola by Roberto Ridolfi, translated by Cecil Grayson

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