Heraclitus at the Vatican

[  by Charles Cameron — within the Vatican, feathers fly ]

Children, at the side of Pope Francis, release doves in a symbolic prayer for peace in the Ukraine:

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What happens next is seen in the lower panel — an almost heraldic battle of the birds, black crow against white dove. Consider, then, war and peace, as they are embodied here.

Heraclitus it was who observed,

What opposes unites, and the finest attunement stems from things bearing in opposite directions, and all things come about by strife.

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One Response to Heraclitus at the Vatican

  1. Grurray says:

    I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues.
    Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
    (Mt 10: 16-17, 28-30)

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