It reaches its seventh edition, Friday, June 10, 2022, “The Long Night of the Churches,” a day in which the places of worship of our cities are animated by artistic and cultural initiatives in a key of reflection and spirituality.
Founded in 2016, it has in a short time had a remarkable growth and has amassed many subscriptions year after year. In 2019, the last pre-pandemic edition, over 120 Italian dioceses, 150 churches and then the Waldensian Methodist Community and the Protestant Church participated. Over 40,000 people participated in the many organized initiatives.
On June 10, there will be many churches and cities to attend, from all over Italy. There will be a day of concerts, artistic exhibitions, museum visits, initiatives for children, testimonies, reflections and much more. A mosaic of experiences to be lived together as a community.
And as in any edition, there will be a common theme that arises thanks to the numerous ideas that come each year from the founders. The official theme of the seventh edition has as its keyword “I-IMOD”, two words technically in contrast, but which together express the central and essential element of the dialogue, namely diversity.
Towards the OTHER
Each of us tends to become a prisoner of himself, of his own interests, passions, prejudices, to consider the whole of reality in accordance with his own perspective. On the other hand, the man who is capable of brotherhood somehow becomes rich in everything that enriches his brother. And it is hope that plays a key role, as to love one’s brothers is first and foremost to hope in them, to go beyond what in their behavior almost always begins to hurt or disappoint us.
Pope Francis: “How beautiful it is to feel that others are a part of us, not people to distance ourselves from. When the temptation to shut down comes, we must instead get out of our comfort zone, look for others, train in this “gymnastics of the soul”, travel long distances from ourselves to shorten them with others, throw our hearts over obstacles, promise each other’s burdens’.
Towards destiny – What is the meaning of life?
Referring to a family who fled Syria, Pope Francis in his apostolic journey to Greece in 2021 gives the example of Telemachus, who in search of his roots one day gets up at sunrise and sets off by ship for the adventure. The meaning of life is therefore not to stay on the beach and wait for the wind to bring news, salvation lies in the open sea, in propulsion, in the search, in chasing dreams, those involving fatigue, headwinds, sudden storms.
Choosing feeds hope, that is, deciding to take life in hand. And in order to make the right choices, good decisions affect others and not just ourselves. The dreams to be realized are always the ones that require courage and involve others.
Martin Buber in “The Walk of Man” explains well how each of us is committed to developing and embodying our own uniqueness and impermanence, not to repeat what another has already achieved. “With every man comes something new to the world that has never existed, something first and unique. In fact, if he had already existed, he would have no reason to be in the world.”
In-mod with YOURSELF – Know yourself
“Know yourself”. Today there is a risk of forgetting who we are, obsessed with thousands of appearances, with hammering messages that make life depend on how we dress, on how others look at us … “. The Holy Father remembers ancient Greece and the mythology of mermaids and continues: “Today’s mermaids want to charm you with seductive messages, easy earnings, false needs for consumerism, the cultivation of physical well-being, fun at all costs … they are fireworks that sparkle a moment and then leaving nothing but smoke in the air. But it is not easy to resist. Ulysses, threatened by the sirens, had bound himself to the ship’s mast. Orpheus instead sang a more beautiful melody than the sirens to mute them. That is why it is important to nurture the wonder and beauty of the faith. So beware of those who want to obscure this beauty. “
Giuseppe Pellegrino in “Man” explains that only those who find themselves lovable can love the other. “Here is this man, this woman is me. Take me for what I am, with my weaknesses, my stupidity, with everything else. Let me be myself.”
Accepted. Do not want to change your “I”. If everyone started rejoicing over themselves, everyone would be infected. For only those who know how to rejoice in themselves can make others rejoice. Only those who accept themselves can accept others. Only those who know how to live with themselves can live with others. Only those who love themselves can love others.
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