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Girolamo Savonarola (1452 – 1498)


Italian Dominican priest and leader of Florence from 1494 until his execution in 1498.
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Girolamo Savonarola
God is the best helper, but He loves to be helped. Be earnest in prayer, but do not neglect human means. You must help yourself in all manner of ways, and then the Lord will be with you.
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Behold the sword of the Lord, swift and sure, over the earth.
Savonarola
The preacher himself was burning with religious passion. He felt deeply and he was a man of deep devotion. He had the eye of the mystic and saw beneath the external and ritual to the inner movements of spiritual power.
The biblical element was also a conspicuous feature of his preaching. Defective as Savonarola's exegesis was, the biblical element was everywhere in control of his thought and descriptions. … He insisted upon the authority of Scripture. "I preach the regeneration of the Church," he said, "taking the Scriptures as my sole guide."




Savonarola Girolamo quotes
The terrorism exercised by Savonarola and his adherents grew daily more and more intolerable. The prophet declared that no one could be a good Christian who did not believe in him.
Savonarola Girolamo
The best, and the worst, that can be said of the tempestuous friar is that he loved God so passionately that he had very little love left for man.
Girolamo Savonarola quotes
The Pope may err, and that in two ways, either because he is erroneously informed, or from malice. As to the latter cause we leave that to the judgment of God, and believe rather that he has been misinformed. In our own case I can prove that he has been falsely persuaded. Therefore any one who obstinately upholds the excommunication and affirms that I ought not to preach these doctrines is fighting against the kingdom of Christ, and supporting the kingdom of Satan, and is himself a heretic, and deserves to be excluded from the Christian community.
Girolamo Savonarola
Io vi conforto di convertirvi a Dio, vivere come ? obbligato ogni buon cristiano, dolervi del passato e ridurvi alla piet?. Altrimenti, io vi annunzio che ? sopra di voi imminente un gran flagello, e sarete flagellato nella roba, nella persona e nella casa vostra.
Vi annunzio ancora, che della vostra vita ce n' ? per poco; che, se non farete quel che vi dico, anderete nell'inferno; e questa lettera vi sar? presentata innanzi al tribunale di Dio, n? vi potrete scusare.
Savonarola Girolamo quotes
Dizzy flights of fancy abounded in Savonarola's discourses and took the place of calm and logical exposition. On the evening before he preached his last sermon in Advent, 1492, Savonarola beheld in the middle of the sky a hand holding a sword with the inscription, Behold the sword of the Lord will descend suddenly and quickly upon the earth — Ecce gladius Domini super terram cito et velociter. Suddenly the sword was turned toward the earth, the sky was darkened, swords, arrows and flames rained down. The heavens quaked with thunder and the world became a prey to famine and death. The vision was ended by a command to the preacher to make these things known. Again and again, in after years did he refer to this prophetic vision. Its memory was also preserved by a medal, representing on one side Savonarola and on the other a sword in the heavens held by a hand and pointing to a city beneath.
The inscription on the heavenly sword well represents the style of Savonarola's preaching. It was impulsive, pictorial, eruptive, startling, not judicial and instructive. And yet it made a profound impression on men of different classes.
Savonarola
The reason why I entered into a religious order is this: first, the great misery of the world, the wickedness of men, the rapes, the adulteries, the thefts, the pride, the idolatry, the vile curses, for the world has come to such a state that one can no longer find anyone who does good; so much so that many times every day I would sing this verse with tears in my eyes: Alas, flee from cruel lands, flee from the shores of the greedy. I did this because I could not stand the great wickedness of the blind people of Italy, especially when I saw that virtue had been completely cast down and vice raised up.
Savonarola Girolamo
Do you wish to be free? Then above all things, love God, love your neighbor, love one another, love the common weal; then you will have true liberty.
Girolamo Savonarola
Ecce gladius Domini super terram, cito et velociter.




Girolamo Savonarola quotes
E fu in quel tempo che io montai quass?, e dissi che io non era mandato a predicarti da uomo del mondo, né da signore alcuno, ma da colui che ? signore dei signori e dalla santa Trinit?.
Girolamo Savonarola
I am the hailstorm that shall break the heads of those who do not take shelter.
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Savonarola was not merely the expounder of righteousness. He claimed to be a prophet revealing things which, to use his own words, "are beyond the scope of the knowledge which is natural to any creature." This element would have been a sign of weakness, if it had not been associated with a great personality, bent on noble ends. The severity of his warnings was often so fearful that the preacher himself shrank back from delivering them. On one occasion, he spent the entire night in vigils and prayer that he might be released from the duty of making known a message, but in vain. The sermon, he then went forth to preach, he called a terrific sermon.
Savonarola Girolamo
Ee quello che volesse fare Parlamento sar? de' Signori, gli sia tagliato il capo; se ? altri, sia ribelle e confiscatigli tutti i beni ... che quando i Signori vogliono fare Parlamento ... e ognuno li possa tagliare a pezzi senza pena.
Savonarola Girolamo quotes
Elegance of language must give way before simplicity in preaching sound doctrine.
Girolamo Savonarola
Colui che scomunica me scomunica Dio.
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