Tuscany is a region of Italy, famous in the Anglo-Saxon world for its beautiful landscapes and cities. We just have to think about Florence or Siena. But Tuscany is also a land of deep Catholic faith, a faith that has generated countless men and women that will be a model for future generations of Catholics. But one of the prominent Catholic personalities is for sure Divo Barsotti.
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Tuscany is a region of Italy, famous in the Anglo-Saxon world for its beautiful landscapes and cities. We just have to think about Florence or Siena. But Tuscany is also a land of deep Catholic faith, a faith that has generated countless men and women that will be a model for future generations of Catholics. But one of the prominent Catholic personalities is for sure Divo Barsotti. Divo Barsotti was a great mystic, a man of huge culture, a prolific writer with dozens of books published and countless pages of meditations and spiritual exercises still to be printed.
He was a poet too. Divo Barsotti was born in in Palaia, a little village near Pisa. He became a priest in , after rediscovering Catholicism thanks to his meeting with Russian spirituality.
He was a quite unorthodox priest, always trying to find his right place and to discover what was the plan of God for his life. In he resided in Settignano, considered the mother house of this new religious congregation. After failures, disappointments and false starts, the Community started to flourish and is now present in Italy and in few other countries around the world. Father Barsotti was in contact with other personalities of the ecclesiastical world, as Hans Urs Von Balthasar his spiritual director for some months , Giorgio La Pira, Giuseppe Dossetti, Giacomo Biffi and many others.
In his books he touched on several topics as spirituality, mysticism, Russian spirituality, Giacomo Leopardi, Fedor Dostoevskij and others. Several books were dedicated to his life and work Tognetti, ; Fagioli, ; Albertazzi, ; Porfiri, ; Porfiri, ; Tognetti, and on September , the process for his beatification was opened.
He was a man curious of life and of the richness of other cultures but always focused on the only Presence that matters, the one of the Lord. He was a man curious of life and of the richness of other cultures, as I have said. One of his dreams was to be a missionary in Japan and Asia was very strongly present in his own worldview. Here men live already a sort of condemnation. It is difficult to think that in this city of idolatry there is a place for true men, for piety, for simplicity, for love.
China is eluding me. I cannot renounce to know it, to love it. Can I be ever its son? When, when will China be revealed to my spirit, welcome me and allow me that I can welcome it in me? In my personal and modest opinion, there is more understanding of China in these few lines that in many words of people that have lived there without ever touch the soul of the country. To know more about Father Barsotti, the person to ask is his successor, biographer and disciple, Father Severino Tognetti.
Father Tognetti is now a well known writer of spirituality and was close to the father until the death of the great Catholic thinker. I have asked him some questions to understand more deeply the message and spirituality of Father Barsotti. Don Divo Barsotti was a mystic, a man enraptured from the reality of God.
He was not a priest done for parish ministry; in fact he always lived as monk and founded a small religious family of the monastic kind. He spent his entire life praying, reading, teaching, always having as only and last reference the Lord Jesus, totally involved in his relationship with Him.
The act most difficult for humans is to just completely surrender to God by believing that everything he did, said, lived and proposed to us in the Gospel and in the Church, [what] exactly corresponds to the truth about man. Once you have given the assent of faith, everything else is of consequence. In Barsotti, faith precedes charity and is a way into it.
Who were the writers and authors that have inspired him? Then he read the mystics: St. John of the Cross, Ruusbroek and medieval mystics. Among the moderns, he was particularly attuned to Durwell for his objective mystique and its liturgical theology. The spiritual foundation of this family, especially for the laity, is a Christian life that has as its major energy resource that of the great monastic tradition: the sacraments, the reading of Scripture and prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours.
It has a leading position. The liturgy is the language chosen by God for humans so that this relationship is true. If you live really the liturgical act, the whole day becomes continuation of the sacramental liturgy; in this way, there is no longer a profane world except sin, of course because the Christian with his prayer operates the deification of the cosmos, as was thought by the mystics and Russian saints.
The Community is made up of monks living in small hermitages and lay people consecrated to God that are all living in their own home and their own reality. The houses of religious life in Tuscany are four, two in Piedmont, and one in Australia. The consecrated lay people are in different parts of Italy and abroad.
You are the biographer of Father Barsotti and his first successor as leader of the Community. What is the deepest memory you have? He struck me deeply, not so much him, as his world, the atmosphere that he breathed, his constant reference to God and the things of God. That world mysteriously attracted me and I liked it. This was not a magical world, but simply Christian life in its entirety. This gave Father Barsotti a continous spiritual joy, definitely contagious. The application was submitted and it was officially accepted.
So the process has started. We are now reviewing his writings. It will take some time because the writings are many.
If it will be given a positive opinion, Father Barsotti will be declared Servant of God and we will proceed with the second phase, namely the study of virtues. He is certainly a figure that will be a considered a giant of Catholic thinking in years to come. Your email address will not be published. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Search for:. Aurelio Porfiri Tuscany is a region of Italy, famous in the Anglo-Saxon world for its beautiful landscapes and cities.
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