The explosion of supreme love, such as the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, the sacrifice of Saint. Maksymilian or the victim of Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame, neutralizes the impact of evil and makes the world a better place, writes an outstanding jazz musician PIOTR BARON
“Languedoc is a peaceful country that has been separate from the rest of the French world for centuries, just like Catalonia in Spain. Interestingly, the Oxytan language (langue d’oc – hence the name of the region) is closely related to the Catalan language, with which it creates the Oxitanoromanian diasystem. It is often considered by the French as a dialect of French and depreciatingly called patois. Languedoc is part of Occitania, in which – in the department of Aude, in the district of Carcassonne – there is a small town of Trêbes with almost 5,600 inhabitants, with two monuments: the church of St. Stephen and the bridge-aqueduct on the Orbiel river, just at its mouth to Aude. The town, which thousands in the world, has recently become famous, although no one in their right mind misses such a reputation …
The 44-year-old lieutenant colonel of the gendarmerie, Arnaud Beltrame, was leaving for work on March 23. That day, after a terrorist attack by ISIS, he offered himself in exchange for the release of the hostage. We know the rest of history from the media. A day later, the sacraments leave the world due to wounds. The President of France pays homage to him, and the Church is considering initiating the beatification process. “No one has greater love than this, when someone gives his life for his friends” (Jn 13:15). Because life is the greatest gift beyond salvation, non-existent without the first. That is, the highest love. Christ’s love, up to the cross. Hero. Holy. No doubts. There is, after all, the highest reward for the highest love – resurrection, salvation, holiness, eternal life, amen.
On August 14, 1941, Maximilian Maria Kolbe, a Polish Conventual Franciscan, gave his life for a prisoner who was sentenced to death by the German concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. The act of madness, boundless love, supreme love is the result of a decision. You can not understand the factors that influence the dynamics of the human mind and heart, because love is born of free will, unimaginable, until it becomes an absolute and terminal challenge. Therefore, it makes no sense to analyze the creation of this act. One can only consider its meaning. A deeply Christological sense, because Christ, the first in history, died for others.
“Martyrdom is necessary for this earth, because when no other arguments convince people, one more argument remains: the argument of martyrdom,” wrote Father Józef Tischner.
Cyprian Kamil Norwid in part VII of the Epilogue of Promethidion wrote: “The whole mystery of the progress of humanity depends on the fact that more and more firmly, by embodying goodness and clarifying truths, the greatest, the only, ultimate weapon, that is martyrdom, unnecessary on earth …”.
That is the final argument, whose “needlessness” can be generated by the increase of good. Unfortunately, the increase in good is negative in the present world, and evil, understood here as the lack of good, increases. Thus, the explosion of supreme love, such as the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, the sacrifice of Saint. Maksymilian or the victim of Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame, neutralizes the influence of evil and makes the world a better, for God’s mode, biblical, Old Testament yet the conscience of unconditional entrustment to God, just as he loved us unconditionally. Saint John the Evangelist writes about giving his life for friends (see above). But so is Saint. Maximilian, as Lt. Col. Beltrame acted twice as evangelical, according to the words of Christ himself: “And I say to you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Mt 5,44). To give life for the enemy, or to love him first, to become a friend, are two simultaneous acts that synergistically reverse the dynamics of love. Humanly impossible. God’s way – and yes. Therefore, the condition at the point of awakening a decision caused by love or making a decision to arouse love (this is not the same, although it leads to the same) is God’s presence. But not the one we have free, whether we want it or not, but the one that results from our opening to it. With consent, call, longing.
The most beautiful jazz album of all time has been hailed by John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”. The album, which is a hymn of praise for the Supreme, is accompanied by an appropriate poem (by Coltrane himself) on the inside of the cover. His last words are:
All from God
Thank you God
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