POPE JOHN PAUL II AND SICILY

Pope John Paul II came to Sicily five times. During his visit on May 9, 1993, he excommunicated the Mafia. Standing in front of the Temple of Concord in Agrigento, he scolded the Mafiosi and angrily said: “I say to the leaders (of the Mafia): repent, because one day you will face the judgment of God.”

As if by a miracle, after the great Polish pope’s anathema against the mafia, there have been no more mafia massacres in Sicily. Of course, his words had an effect.

Now John Paul II is watching us from heaven. I feel he is scolding someone else now, admonishing the leaders of the world to end this useless slaughter and make peace prevail over war.

Ettore Grillo, author of these books:

– November 2: The Day of the Dead in Sicily

– A Hidden Sicilian History

– The Vibrations of Words

– Travels of the Mind

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WHO CONTROLS THE MIND?

“Everything depends upon our mind. But, who controls the mind? Honestly, I don’t know. Maybe it is I who controls my mind or it is my mind that controls itself. In this case, I would like to know how the mind can control itself. If it is fidgety, how can it calm itself down? And, if it is peaceful, how does it keep calm? It is not possible that at the same time the controller and the controlled coexist—that is, a mind that controls itself.”

“It is obvious,” retorted Lorenzo, “that it is the ‘ego’ that controls the mind. So, with regard to me, I can assess with absolute certainty, that at this very moment I, Lorenzo, am control-ling my mind, keeping it according to my will, either calm or uneasy.”

The discussion in the hall of the Circle of Noblemen became animate. My Uncle Salvatore also joined in.

“That is not exact!” he said. “If it were true that I can control my mind, I would never allow it to become uneasy or dull, because, doing that, I would turn against myself. Nobody freely chooses to keep a restless or a dull mind. It follows that I cannot control my mind. (This is an excerpt from Travels of the Mind).

We can control all instruments, but who can control the mind of a politician? Let me know the answer, if you know.

Ettore Grillo, author of these books:

– November 2: The Day of the Dead in Sicily

– A Hidden Sicilian History

– The Vibrations of Words

– Travels of the Mind

http://www.amazon.com/author/ettoregrillo

480 BC: THE BATTLE OF IMERA BETWEEN SICILIANS AND CARTHAGINIANS

In 480 BC, two Sicilian cities, Syracuse and Agrigento, allied themselves and faced the Carthaginians in Imera (today’s Termini Imerese). They engaged in a furious battle and eventually the love for the freedom and independence of their island prevailed. The Carthaginians were defeated and forced to sign a peace treaty.

The Sicilians signed the treaty on one condition: that the Carthaginians no longer perform human sacrifices in their territories. In fact, they used to sacrifice their firstborns to the god Moloch.

Wars and violence have always existed and always will be. It is not possible to create heaven on earth. The only hope for today’s man is to create an invisible chain of spiritual beings, regardless of race and nationality.

Let politicians do their jobs and souls do theirs!

Ettore Grillo, author of these books:

– November 2: The Day of the Dead in Sicily

– A Hidden Sicilian History

– The Vibrations of Words

– Travels of the Mind

http://www.amazon.com/author/ettoregrillo