25 March (2022): Dantedì (ITALY)

Dantedì is the national day dedicated to Dante Alighieri and is celebrated in Italy every 25 March. The date was approved on January 17, 2020, in view of the commemoration for the 700th anniversary of the poet’s death, which took place on September 14, 1321. The date of March 25 corresponds to the day of 1300 in which, according to tradition, Dante gets lost in the “dark forest”.

The idea of ​​Dantedì was born from an editorial by the journalist and writer Paolo Di Stefano that appeared in Corriere della Sera on June 19, 2017, where the proposal was put forward that Dante Alighieri had his own day in the calendar on the model of the Bloomsday dedicated to Joyce. Di Stefano himself reiterated the proposal on several occasions, always in Corriere della Sera (3 February 2018, 24 April 2019), which was followed by a promotion campaign also in the Milanese newspaper. The Council of Ministers, on the proposal of the Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism Dario Franceschini, approved the directive to establish Monday on January 17, 2020: the date for this day dedicated to Dante Alighieri was chosen on March 25, since many believe that the journey narrated in the Divine Comedy began on that day in 1300. The proposal was accepted by intellectuals and scholars, as well as prestigious cultural institutions such as the Accademia della Crusca, the Italian Dante Society, the Dante Alighieri Society and the Association of Italianists in the Italian Society for the Study of Medieval Thought.

The name “Dantedì” was born from a chat between linguist Francesco Sabatini and Di Stefano himself: the final institution of this day would have taken place on 4 July 2019 in Milan, in the Buzzati del Corriere hall, during an event organized by the Corriere Foundation .

The first and second editions took place digitally due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

28th January (’22): Saint Thomas Aquinas

Thomas Aquinas (/əˈkwaɪnəs/; Italian: Tommaso d’Aquino, lit.‘Thomas of Aquino‘; 1225 – 7 March 1274) was an Italian Dominican friar, philosopher, Catholic priest, and Doctor of the Church. An immensely influential philosopher, theologian, and jurist in the tradition of scholasticism, he is also known within the latter as the Doctor Angelicus, the Doctor Communis, and the Doctor Universalis. The name Aquinas identifies his ancestral origins in the county of Aquino in present-day Lazio, Italy. Among other things, he was a prominent proponent of natural theology and the father of a school of thought (encompassing both theology and philosophy) known as Thomism. He argued that God is the source of both the light of natural reason and the light of faith. His influence on Western thought is considerable, and much of modern philosophy is derived from his ideas, particularly in the areas of ethics, natural law, metaphysics, and political theory.

Unlike many currents in the Catholic Church of the time, Thomas embraced several ideas put forward by Aristotle — whom he called “the Philosopher” — and attempted to synthesize Aristotelian philosophy with the principles of Christianity

His best-known works are the Disputed Questions on Truth (1256–1259), the Summa contra Gentiles (1259–1265), and the unfinished but massively influential Summa Theologica, or Summa Theologiae (1265–1274). His commentaries on Scripture and on Aristotle also form an important part of his body of work. Furthermore, Thomas is distinguished for his eucharistic hymns, which form a part of the church’s liturgy. The Catholic Church honors Thomas Aquinas as a saint and regards him as the model teacher for those studying for the priesthood, and indeed the highest expression of both natural reason and speculative theology. In modern times, under papal directives, the study of his works was long used as a core of the required program of study for those seeking ordination as priests or deacons, as well as for those in religious formation and for other students of the sacred disciplines (philosophy, Catholic theology, church history, liturgy, and canon law).

Thomas Aquinas is considered one of the Catholic Church’s greatest theologians and philosophers. Pope Benedict XV declared: “This (Dominican) Order … acquired new luster when the Church declared the teaching of Thomas to be her own and that Doctor, honored with the special praises of the Pontiffs, the master and patron of Catholic schools.” The English philosopher Anthony Kenny considers Thomas to be “one of the dozen greatest philosophers of the western world”.

♬ THE KOLORS – Leoni al sole

LYRIC

C’è un albergo su questa strada e noi siamo stanchi
Come due che hanno viaggiato nel tempo
Come due che vanno al quinto a Wimbledon
C’è un sacco di cose di cui potremmo parlare
Ma preferisco guardarti negli occhi
Mentre consumiamo la cenaTu sei così distratta dalle stelle
Che non ti accorgi quanto sono belle
Anche le stanze di questo hotel
È iniziato il nostro viaggio in una camera vista mareE le boe arancioni e le delusioni
Di un ragazzino che si innamora
Leoni al sole e la notte, la notte vola
C’è chi parte e chi fa ritorno
Chi si tuffa da uno scoglio e poi va giùC’è un albergo su questa strada e noi siamo stanchi
Come due che hanno viaggiato nel tempo
Come due che vanno al quinto a Wimbledon
E il pianista non mi sembra male al collo di un airone
E la voce di chi è rimasto solo
E mette una donna per ogni notaTu sei così distratta dalle stelle
Che non ti accorgi quanto sono belle
Anche le stanze di questo hotel
È iniziato il nostro viaggio in una camera vista mareE le boe arancioni e le delusioni
Di un ragazzino che si innamora
Leoni al sole e la notte, la notte vola
C’è chi parte e chi fa ritorno
E chi si tuffa da uno scoglio e poi va giù
E poi va giùE le boe arancioni e le delusioni
Di un ragazzino che si innamora
Leoni al sole e la notte, la notte vola
C’è chi parte e chi fa ritorno
Chi si tuffa da uno scoglio e poi va giù
E poi va giù

29th october (2021): Today is blessed ROSARIO LIVATINO (magistrate killed by the mafia in the 90s): beatified by Pope Francis this year, 9may 2021

Rosario Angelo Livatino (Italian pronunciation: [roˈzaːrjo livaˈtiːno]; October 3, 1952 – September 21, 1990) was an Italian magistrate who was killed by Stidda.

Livatino was born in Canicattì, in Sicily. After successfully completing high school, he entered the university Law Faculty in Palermo in 1971, and graduated in 1975. Between 1977 and 1978 he serviced as vice-director in the Register Office in Agrigento. In 1978, after being among the top percentage in the Judiciary audit, he was assigned a post as magistrate at the court at Caltanissetta.

In 1979 he became “sostituto procuratore” (deputy prosecutor) at the Agrigento court, a position he kept until 1989, when he was appointed assistant judge (giudice a latere). He was murdered on September 21, 1990, along route SS 640 by four killers, as he travelled without bodyguard to the court. The assassins had been paid by the Stidda of Agrigento.

During his career, Livatino worked against corruption, and gained success in a number of cases, obtaining the seizure of large sums of money and property and the arrest of senior figures in organised crime.

His story inspired a novel, Il giudice ragazzino (“The Boy Judge”), written by Nando Dalla Chiesa in 1992, and this was made into a film with the same title in 1994 by director Alessandro di Robilant.

In 1993 the Bishop of Agrigento asked Rosario Livatino’s former teacher, Ida Abate, to collect any available testimony for Livatino’s beatification.

Pope John Paul II said that Rosario Livatino was a “Martyr of Justice and in an indirect way, of the Christian Faith”.

In December 2020, Pope Francis approved the decree of martyrdom proposed by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Servant of God Rosario Angelo Livatino has been officially proclaimed Blessed on Sunday, 9 May 2021, in the Cathedral of Agrigento, Sicily by Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints on the same day John Paul II, in 1993, at the Valley of the Temples, addressed his peremptory invitation to the Mafia: “Convert! once God’s judgment will come!

Sabaudia (Latina) [3] – PHOTO October

other photos of sabaudia .. these photos in particular show the lake near the coast. The town, as you can see, can boast of a lot of greenery, even if for most of the year the heat and humidity make the area full of insects. The city, founded by Mussolini, has wide streets, designed and engineered according to the canons of that time. Although it was October (and especially the small town that does not boast a great tourism) I was able to see some visitor-tourists.

Marina di Latina (Lazio) – PHOTO – October 2021

The coast of Latina is very beautiful. It is almost uncontaminated and the road passes near the sea, being able to witness a breathtaking landscape: on one side the sea and on the other side the mountains and lakes. This area once did not exist, that is, it was completely marshy: it was reclaimed in the early 1900s by Benito Mussoloni. Over the course of history this land has been reclaimed several times, but without success because the area collects all the waters of the surrounding mountains and does not flow water towards the sea. Paradoxically, only with Fascism has it been possible to restore these areas.