John, Soberness, Herod discussed on Discerning Hearts - Catholic Podcasts
Maurizio is filthy father. Maurizio did his philosophical theological doctoral studies in Rome. He is the author of numerous books including I want to understand. You encountering former worlds with a little prince the new image of God's Image Meister Eckhart on Image Theology Peter and Paul Models of decision making and on the way benedict journey for spiritual maturity. Other Marucci is also serves as the prior of Santo cell in Rome. The wholly rule of Saint Benedict the spiritual path for today's world with Father Marines. Use Building. I'm your host Chris McGregor Father. Maurici is thank you for joining me. Thank you so good to see you again and to hear you again for those folks who have been following us for I can actually say many years now and we find ourselves actually recording this in a very unique setting. Don't we someplace different far from the heartland of Nebraska? Yes you you had the chance to come to Rome. This is where I live now have been living here for two years. He at Santan Selma. Which is the benedict and center here in Rome? And so it's just wonderful to see you here. Want to talk about spiritual things and meditations together with you. You've have brought forward a new work that his giving you insight in particular area of our lives I I find it. So compelling and I'm I'm very anxious to be able to bring this forward to everyone. Why don't you share that? Thank you I would love to share this with you. Just published a new book in German. I hope that Not before long there will be also an English translation but this book is on soberness. I want to explain a little bit how I found this topic or how this topic found me. I was so tired off the things I was hearing listening and watching through the media our world has become so heated emotions. Wherever you look and I was wondering what would be a good remedy in the situation and it came to me. One remedy could be soberness just to be sober kind of to cool down a little bit. And as I was reflecting on this I made a discovery. The German word for soberness is Natan Height. Sobers Nisshin and this bird actually comes from a Latin word knock tournus and that means at night so soberness has something to do with the night interesting enough and then I found I did a little research and found that originally this word comes from the monastic context. It is a monastic virtue. Soberness originally and this is how I kind of started to dig deeper and to try to bring to light what what it all entails. No you brought up an interesting example that you said that this particular scene. We've seen in movies. We see those kind of movies and imagery all the time today. Yes we see this in the news in his actually being played out God help us. All those occur. We actually money to go to theaters and watch things like this on cable and we call it entertainment father races when I continued to develop this idea. I thought this book will never sell because it's not a very sexy title right soberness. This is really something that does not attract. It's kind of the opposite of what attracts but it attracted me. I wanted to know. How does soberness taste? There's a taste to soberness. It sounds a little bit paradox. And there's a good taste to it and actually the first thing I came across was kind of a negative example an example where I found this is exactly the opposite. This is the lack of soberness and this is where I started my reflection and I found this in the Scriptures in the gospel of Mark The sixth chapter. And if you don't mind I would like to read that to you We read harrowed. Was the one who had John Arrested and bound in prison on account of her odious. The wife of his brother Philip who had married John Headset Herald. It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife. Heroic harbored a grudge against him and wanted to kill him but was unable to do so. Harold feared John Knowing him to be a righteous and holy man and kept him in custody when you heard him speak. He was very much perplexed yet. He liked to listen to him. He had an opportunity one day with Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers his military officers and the leading men of Galilee. Her rodeos own daughter came came in and performed a dance that delighted. Harold and his guests. The king said to the girl. Ask of me whatever you wish and I will grant it to you. He even swore many things and are to her. Either grant you would ever you ask of me. Even to have of my kingdom. She went out and said to her. Mother what shall I ask for? She replied the head of John. The Baptist the girl Herod back to the King's presence and made her request. I want you to give me at once on a platter the head of John The baptist. The king was deeply distressed but because of his oaths and the guests he did not wish to break his word to her so he promptly dispatched and executioner with orders to bring back his head. He went off and beheaded him in prison. He brought in the head on a platter and gave it to the girl. The girl in turn gave it to her mother when his disciples heard about it they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb. This is a terrible story and I must tell you in a way. I'm happy that the story is the holy scriptures because it allows us to accept that those terrible things happen in this world is just a reality. Maybe not as drastic as he about sometimes similarly drastic. We see here what happens when people are not by themselves basically all of them are not by themselves. Herod. He was torn on one hand. He was fascinated by John. He loves to listen to him on the other hand. John reminds him of his guilty conscience. Fear is a big factor in this story. Herod is afraid of the followers of John. This is why he protects him. He fears a bad reputation so on his side. There's a lot of fear. His wife instead is full of gratitude and the guests probably full of curiosity. What's going on here? Let's see how they are fighting exciting to see those kind of things and that is for a moment also remember the whole situation? We have a celebration so what was involved. I'm pretty sure heating. That's a feast drinking. Probably a lot of drinking is a beautiful girl dancing so there is a situation that it be fogs harrowed so that he makes this insane. Promise he's kind of carried away by this mixture of alcohol. Eating beautiful women than seeing dancing also means music right. There was also music so this all carried him away from himself and he did something that he would never have done if he would have been sober never to promised somebody the half of his kingdom this crazy so he does something that is really crazy because he is not so bor something that would hurt him damage in himself. Instead of the in the end only one victim was John the Baptist so somebody had to pay for all this herald. Yes instead she finds. This is the time for my final money. Pollution and Harold gives in and this last seen could have been taken from Hollywood movie has the cut of head is.