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Creating Fiat - Mysticism of Creation

From listening to the scent of God

10/21/2020
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In the course of history we can see how mankind comes across issues that are waiting to be resolved, that groan, we might say, to come to an end.  This, however, may not happen as long as man remains firm on his ideas, on his point of view, until his way of doing so is shaken, sending him into crisis.

The crisis that man experiences, or rather his point of view is put in crisis when man perceives, through his concrete experience, that something around him is not right. This awareness, of the precariousness of his own life and of the world in which he lives, leads him to react, to come out of his ideas and to read reality with an open eye towards a wider and universal horizon.  Man tries to find answers that are no longer limitedly subjective.

At the Conference on Mysticism held in Assisi on September 29 and 30, 2017 it was said that "Mysticism always manifests itself as a certain response to a crisis or to a question raised in a certain historical context". One of the most debated questions of recent times is the "ecological crisis".  And it is precisely through mysticism that we want to look at the ecological crisis, through inner experience that allows us to grasp a mysterious reality other than the usual forms of empirical or rational knowledge.

Father Gianni Cappelletto-ofm conv -one of the speakers present at the Conference- argues that one of the tasks of mysticism is to look at reality no longer only from one's own point of view. It is to get out of oneself and take on another aspect which, in the perspective of the Christian faith, is to let oneself be involved by God's gaze, to see according to God and see God in all things. It is the experience of the heart open to listening to the Word of God, a Word that is already written in the creation that man learns through Holy Scripture.

There are four fundamental steps/actions through we can acquire a mysticism of creation: listening; seeing, cultivating and guarding, delivering.

These verbs are very dear to Pope Francis who in 2015, in His encyclical ‘Laudato Sì’, addresses the issue of the "ecological crisis". The Pope places the ecological crisis in relation to the responsibility of man, who is called by God to cultivate and protect the garden of Eden (Gen 2:15). The world, our common home - as the Pope defines it - is sick because it is undermined and plundered by human violence. The ecological crisis is also a summons to profound interior conversion (LS 217).

Through His word, God comes out of Himself and enters into dialogue not only with man, but with all Creation which - as Father Cappelletto again explains - "is not only such by the word of the Lord, but is also His recorder. This is why God continually repeats it, through voices and instruments that respect every single created reality, but which together constitute a "symphony of creation" that every man - and not only believer - is invited to listen to”.

It is a silent symphony, that of creation - as Psalm 19:2-5 says. The creature will have to activate other senses: taste, smell, touch, sight, all of herself, in the complexity of her psycho-physical-spiritual constitution in order to listen to the first book written by God,  the Creation that is offered to us so that we can grasp the voice of God, His presence, all His perfume.    

 

The heavens declare the glory of God;

    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Day after day they pour forth speech;

    night after night they reveal knowledge.

They have no speech, they use no words;

    no sound is heard from them.

Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,

    their words to the ends of the world. (Psalm 19:2-5)

Listening also requires attention to the moans that the splendid and threatened creation emits. "For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time...  Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies (cf. Rom 8:20-22.23). Each person is called to listen to the groaning of individual things created to exercise the responsibility of making the places where he or she lives at least habitable land (cf. Rom 8:20-22.23).

Saints and mystics have perceived their existence as an integral part of a universe in which everything is inseparably linked to each other by a single "common thread" which is the love of the One who created them and by virtue of this love He continually supports them.

The Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta also fits into this status as an exemplary model for all creatures. Her existence was all characterized by trusting love and listening to the teachings of Jesus. Luisa recognizes God as our Creator, but above all as a loving Father who created everything out of love for His creature, made in His image and likeness, and from whom He only desires to be reciprocated in love. Everything was created by God. His first Fiat is in creation, with the Creating Act

The Creating Act belongs to God. To create (from nothing) there is need of a power that does not belong to man and that we find only in the Will of God. God through His creating Fiat, said in the beginning (Gen 1:1), gave birth to the universe.

Bere'shît (In the beginning) is the Hebrew term with which the Jews named the first book of the Bible which we call Genesis. God said ... and saying His Fiat He created all things, by the creating power of His Word, binding together all things created as limbs to the head. In Creation God prepared a worthy dwelling place for man and when He created man He wanted to prepare a worthy dwelling place for Himself, for His glory. But alas, the human will, in opposition to the Divine Will, has made creatures usurpers, arrogating undue rights, exploiting and tearing rather than guarding the gift received from his Creator.

Luisa contemplates creation and meditates on the ungratefulness and ingratitude of the creature towards the Heavenly Father. She makes for all a pious pilgrimage of the soul in the Divine Will. Through prayer Luisa joins the Fiat from which the whole universe has come out. She gives voice to all things created to give back to God the glory that is due to Him, praise, thanksgiving and reparation for all the love, beauty, goodness that creatures are unable or unwilling to grasp in God's great gift to implore for all and on behalf of all the coming of the Kingdom on earth.

On October 15, 1926 Luisa  wrote; “Continuing my usual round in the Supreme Will, I was saying to myself: ‘My Jesus, your Will embraces and encloses everything, and I, in the name of the first creature who came out of your creative hands, up to the last one who will be created, intend to repair for all the oppositions of the human wills made against Yours, and to take within me all the acts of your adorable Will which creatures have rejected, in order to requite them all in love and adoration; in such a way that there may be no act of Yours without the correspondence of one act of mine….”

 

My daughter, enter into Me,

into my Divinity, and run in my Eternal Will.

In It you will find the creative power

as though in act of issuing the machine of the entire universe.

Fiat!

Riccardina Latti
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