Thursday 26 January 2017

L'ebrezza dello Spirito

The Italian hymn (Lauds, Monday Week 3 ordinary time) speaks of the "ebrezza dello Spirito." A word that Benedict XVI uses of God, probably in his Message for the Lent of 2007, when he talks about God awaiting our response like an anxious lover... A word that Plascencia had used in his wonderful retreat to the members of GC26 in 2008, talking about "response" as part of the spirituality of the Preventive System.

Ebrezza: for me, "giddiness" is the closest translation in English - the giddiness not so much of excessive drink but of someone in love, or of persons in love. 

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