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GIROLAMO SAVARONOLA: Background;

    A Dominican friar and prophet, living between 1452-1498, Girolamo Savonarola is considered the forerunner of the Reformation.

    Girolamo Savonarola was a fasting, praying 15th century John the Baptist of his time. Savonorola's messages were fire, light, and searing conviction.

    Savonarola preached in Florence and led the sort of moral crusade that we call puritanical, more a fanatic than a saint, like most extreme puritans.

    Believing that God had given him the mission of calling people of repentance before the impending day of judgment, he preached powerful sermons which struck awe and terror into the hearts of the Florentines.

    His prophecies, which he believed were revealed directly to him by God, appeared to come true with miraculous accuracy.

    Girolamo Savonarola foretold the death of Innocent VIII, the coming of a foreign power with a large army as a scourge of God, and the collapse of the Medici rule in Florence.

    His eloquent sermons and gift of predicting future events soon made him the most popular preacher in Florence.

    He criticized clerics and especially pope Alexander VI, whom he cursed for a devil and a monster presiding over a harlot church.


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GIROLAMO SAVARONOLA: Background;

    Savonarola received an expensive education and seemed destined to the profession of medicine.

    His youth was marked by an unfortunate attachment to a haughty Florentine girl. Through his rejection he became very dejected and very pious, assumed of course the ascetic type of piety, the only kind known at that time.

    He was not so much interested in dogma as he was in morals, a practical view of the evils in society.

    Savonarola delivered, or rather stuttered his sermons. Savonarola was considered very homely by most - even scary looking by some - though his face was strong in feature.

    Savonarola was unimposing in presence, and awkward in bearing and in gesture.

    He preached the words of Jesus, not the philosophy of Plato, and the Bible was the stuff of all his thoughts.

    His voice was weak and shrill and treacherous, his utterance vehement and rapid, his nerves unsteady.


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GIROLAMO SAVARONOLA: As a youth he had visions;

    He wrote to his father early in his monastic life:

      “And now the Prince of princes calls me with a loud voice, even prays me, O great love! with a thousand tears, to gird a sword on my side, and wishes to place me among His knights-militant.

      FIGHT!”


    His instinct did not deceive him, not even Bernard had more of it than he. Yet the Dominican convent at Bologna gave him, he said in after years, the two things he loved most dearly - liberty and peace.

    But he could not be tranquil with so much wickedness and suffering in the world about him. It speaks well for the Dominicans that they made this youth the teacher of his brethren, and urged him on to preach.

      >> He failed at Bologna,

      >> He failed at Ferrara,

      >> He failed afterward at Florence.


    Obvious enough, his first sermons were evasive. He shrank from the only message God had chosen for him.

    His speech was inarticulate, his thought confused because he was recoiling from the inevitable conflict.


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GIROLAMO SAVARONOLA: His Message;

    But directly he uttered his three propositions in words both plain and decisive the people crowded in to hear. In the mountains of Sienna in 1485, at Brescia in 1486 he first expounded them with unexampled effect:

      >> “The Church will be scourged.

      >> The church will be renewed.

      >> This will happen soon.”


    In the monastery, his brain affected by visions as by realities, fascinated by actual life, brooding constantly over its corruption in church and state, torn asunder by the alternate passion to smite and to heal, . . .

    . . . the outcry of the Hebrew prophet thrilled his nerves, . . .

    . . .and the vision of the Apocalypse spread its terror and its glory across the Tuscan sky.

    Sleepless nights filled with unutterable prayers, and Savonarola with his visions ceases to be a wonder.

    The roar of the coming flood was always in his ears.

    Lombardy and northern Italy were already full of Savonarola’s fame, when Lorenzo de' Medici, the Magnificent, at the instance of Pico della Mirandola, urged him to return to Florence around the year 1490.

    It was the bane of his genius, perhaps, that his plans were too numerous and comprehensive.

    He attracted many enthusiastic followers among them Botticelli and Michelangelo.

    Savonarola was an ascetic of pure and blameless life.

    He was a magnetic orator.

      >> When he spoke, his listeners were aflame with enthusiasm.

      >> Savonorola's type of preaching was such that people fell into ecstasy and wept.

      >> Listeners paled, trembled,

        ** their "eyes glazed with terror.. tears gushed from their eyes;

        ** they beat their breasts and cried to God for mercy."

      The hairs of their heads stood up as they listened.


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      Savonarola was mighty in the Scriptures having the only "bible" available to him at that time, the Roman Catholic Latin Vulgate Version. Our hero held the hell-bound spellbound as he thundered the Holy Scriptures.

      It is written of him:

        "Nevertheless, when it was a question of convincing others, silencing the conceit and importunity of the learned, or of winning general belief for extraordinary things, the authority of a book was indispensable in that age.

        But what authority could he accept save that of the Holy Scriptures, the only book in which he had faith?

        Who would dare to resist the word of the Lord?

        The Bible had been the surest guide of his youth, the consoler of his griefs; it had educated and formed his mind.

        There was no verse in it that he had not committed to memory, no page that he had not commented on, and from which he had not derived some idea for his sermons.

        By force of study and meditation he had ceased to regard the Bible as a book.

        It was a world, a living, speaking, infinite world, in which the past, present, and future were revealed to him.

        He could not open the Holy Scriptures without feeling exalted by the thought of reading the Word of God, and he discerned in it the microcosm, as it were of the whole universe, the allegory of the whole history of the human race."

        [SOURCE: Villari, "The Life and Times of Giralomo Savonarola", pp. 117-118].


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GIROLAMO SAVARONOLA: The Masses Listen!

    They accepted not only his program of religious reform, but also his political views concerning a democratic theocracy.

    Pope Alexander, incensed at his political and religious activities, tried to do as follows:

      >> destroy his popularity,

      >> bribed him with a cardinal's position,

      >> demanded that he appear for a hearing in Rome,

      >> and forbade him to preach.


    He quickly defied the pope preaching it was man's duty to resist the pope when in error, appealed to a general church council against him.

    The forcefulness of his message made him the man of the hour among the Florentines and he virtually controlled Florence by 1492 . . . as Columbus was on his way to the New World!

    Savonarola's reform reached a climax in of 1497 where he had organized troops of boys and girls to tour the city, house to house, and begged the people to give up their vanities, from cosmetics to pagan books and paintings, the worldly things that turned their hearts away from true Christian living.

    Savonarola was following in the steps of the Apostle Paul. When the Apostle Paul preached the Gospel at Ephesus, the people came and burned the accursed images and books of Diana of the Ephesians:

      "Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver." (Acts 19;19).


    Soon in the great square of Florence, sinful artifacts rose like a great pyramid - a giant pile of vanities: fifteen stories high.

      >> Gadgets of all kinds,

      >> rich dresses and women's ornaments,

      >> wigs, mirrors, powder puffs, rouge-pots,

      >> lip-sticks, perfume and cosmetics,

      >> cards and dice,

      >> books of poems and on magic,

      >> musical instruments,

      >> trinkets of all kinds

      >> worldly paintings in which Greek nymphs (children) displayed their unclothed shapes.

    A Venetian merchant wrung his hands, and offered twenty thousand crowns to the city government for the pile.

    Instead he had to fling a valuable picture he owned on top of the heap. Excesses such as this led many people to desert him. Compulsory goodness by law was distasteful to many.

    It was called the BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES!!


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GIROLAMO SAVARONOLA: As a youth he had visions.;

    Savonarola believed that morals could only be restored by law, with lawbreakers punished.

    Under his anointing preaching, he had the "BONFIRE of VANITIES" and closed down all the dens of vice:

      ** houses of prostitution closed,

      ** as did the theater with their lewd plays and shows.

      ** Gambling dens (casinos) closed,

      ** as did the racetrack where they gambled;

    For awhile - the WILL OF GOD was done in Florence - as in heaven (As Christ taught us to pray) and Florence became a literal HEAVEN ON EARTH for the short time that the Savonarola ruled the City (a Republic in itself)

    However, Pope Alexander VI believed in living and letting live - unless one were rich and a guest at a supper-party. Thus Pope Alexander excommunicated Savonarola and threatened to place an interdict upon Florence.

    An interdict meant the ruin of their commerce, for it would expose their goods to every robber on the highway and every pirate on the sea.

    Savonarola became even less popular and his following began to disperse.

    Finally, to prove that their cause had divine support, Savonarola and some of his fellow Dominican friars agreed with the Franciscans to submit to the ordeal of fire but they could not agree on specific details and the ordeal was indefinitely postponed.

    The disappointed populace now turned against Savanorola and arrested him.

    Subjected to great torture - out of his mind even - they sought to force him to confess that his prophecies were not from God.

    He did confess at his trial that he had cherished great plans of Godly city, and even a Godly nation, but did not say his prophecies were false.


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GIROLAMO SAVARONOLA: As a youth he had visions;

    Unable to find sufficient grounds for the charge of heresy, these were lies forged against him.

    The new Pope Borgia tried to "buy" Savonarola by making him a Cardinal. Savonarola refused to be bribed so the Pope used other tactics.

    The Pope got the Franciscan monks to speak out against Savonarola and then excommunicated and arrested him.

      >> He was tortured and put to death by burning.

      >> Savonarola refused to renounce his beliefs unto death.


    Two others were declared heretics with Savonarola, accused of treason, condemned, and the three hwere anged and burned.

    Although no miracle had saved him, as expected by his followers, the people were impressed by his faith and courage in the way he faced death and hailed him as a martyr and saint.

    Savonarola was a Reformer known for his learning and his sanctity, but not a theologian. Questions such as troubled Wyclif and Huss before him, and afterward Luther and Zwingli, had for him no meaning.

    Savonarola's cry was the cry of John the Baptist: "Repent: for the kingdom of god is at hand."

    His life was more of a protest than a victory.

    He was an unsuccessful reformer - all martyrs fail in their basic quest, with work cut short and often destroyed - yet he prepared the way for that religious revival which afterward took place in the Catholic Church itself.

    He was the contemporary of political, worldly, warlike popes, disgraced by nepotism and personal vices-men who aimed to extend not spiritual but temporal dominion.

    Savonarola taught the doctrine of EKKLESIA, of DEMOCRACY, of CONGREGATIONAL GOVERNMENT -

    - then new -

    - that the people were the only source of power, that they alone had the right to elect their magistrates.

    He seems to have foreseen the fatal rock on which all popular institutions are in danger of being wrecked - that no, government is safe and respected when the people who make it are ignorant and lawless.

    So the Constitution for which Savonarola sowed the seed was not aristocratic, but democratic. In the politics of Savonarola we see great wisdom, for God's Law and Godly living, of great liberty and spiritual freedom.


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GIROLAMO SAVARONOLA'S EXECUTIONER:

    Pope Borgia soon instituted the selling of indulgences!!

    It was the selling of God's free pardon that enraged Martin Luther and led to the blessed Reformation.

    Borgia instituted that fraud by selling a pardon to those who could not come to Rome for the Jubilee Year of 1500.

    "The second plan was the selling of indulgences, a thing that had never been done before: these indulgences affected people who had been prevented by reasons of health or by business from coming to Rome for the Jubilee; the journey by this expedient was rendered unnecessary, and sins were pardoned for a third of what it would have cost, and just as completely as if the faithful had fulfilled every condition of the pilgrimage.

    For gathering in this tax a veritable army of collectors was instituted, a certain Ludóvico della Torre at their head. The sum that Alexander brought into the pontifical treasury is incalculable, and some idea of it may gathered from the fact that 799,000 livres in gold was paid in from the territory of Venice alone."

    [SOURCE: Dumas, The Crimes of the Borgias, pp-151-152].


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GIROLAMO SAVARONOLA'S References

    Dumas, Alexander, The Crimes of the Borgias. (Translated from the French), The Macmillian Co., New York, 1907. First published in France in 1839.

    Ridolfi, Roberto. The Life of Girolamo Savonarola. Alfred A. Knopf. New York, 1959.

    Savonarola, Girolamo Fra, The Triumph of the Cross, (Translated from the Italian), Sands & Co., London, 1901.