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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. Wikipedia

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„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.

„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.

„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.

„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.

„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

„I was not commissioned to preach by any man in this world, nor by any lord, but by Him who is the Lord of lords and by the Holy Trinity.“

—  Girolamo Savonarola

E fu in quel tempo che io montai quassù, e dissi che io non era mandato a predicarti da uomo del mondo, né da signore alcuno, ma da colui che è signore dei signori e dalla santa Trinità.
Sermon of 18 February 1498, as quoted in Material for a History of Pope Alexander VI, His Relatives and His Time, 5 vols. http://www.attomelani.net/?page+id=143, (1924) by Monsignor Peter de Roo, Bruges, Desclée, De Brouwer, volume 3, p. 265. https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&tbo=1&q=%22+lord+of+lords+and+by+the+holy+trinity%22&btnG=#sclient=psy-ab&hl=en&tbo=1&tbm=bks&source=hp&q=%22lord+of+lords+and+by+the+holy+trinity%22&pbx=1&oq=%22lord+of+lords+and+by+the+holy+trinity%22&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=s&gs_upl=7992l7992l0l9097l1l1l0l0l0l0l248l248l2-1l1l0&fp=1&biw=1133&bih=590&cad=b&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb Basic searches to find frequency and page number of specific words and phrases for all five volumes http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001925194 at HathiTrust.
Scelta di Prediche e Scritti di Fra Girolamo Savonarola, con Nuovi Documenti Intorno alla Sua Vita (Selection of Sermons and Writings of Fra Girolamo Savonarola, with New Documents concerning his Life), 1898, Pasquale Villari, E. Casanova, Firenze (Florence), G. E. Sansoni, edition, p. 288. http://books.google.com/books?id=yKpZAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA288&dq=%22predicarti+da+uomo+del+mondo+n%C3%A8+da+Signore+alcuno,+ma+da+Colui+%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=A9klT9b_EKypsALV3tiMAg&ved=0CDIQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22ma%20da%20colui%20che%20%C3%A8%20signore%20dei%20signori%20e%20dalla%20santa%20Trinit%C3%A0%22&f=false
Jérôme Savonarole: d'après les Documents Originaux (Girolamo Savonarola: According to the Original Documents), 1856, François Tommy Perrens, Paris, appendice, p. 352. http://books.google.com/books?id=5W02AAAAMAAJ&pg=PA352&dq=%22ma+da+colui+che+%C3%A8+signore%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=l_0lT5ijMqWJsgK5jLWMAg&ved=0CFEQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=%22ma%20da%20colui%20che%20%C3%A8%20signore%22&f=false

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