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The first page of "Digesta"

 

 

On the first page of the “Digesta Iustinianei” La Pira noted down the milestones in his life. This is a photograph of his notes, followed by a transcription:

 

 

 

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The year 1924 with a clearer mind / and more open spirit / waiting for an advent the hope for which has never ceased to aspire / and Faith never ceased to uplift. / And ever with humility. / At 20 years old – a time of light and beginning of Union with the Master. 1st Holy Easter.

 

1925 Ad majora. Spectaculum facti sumus Angelis 

1926 Estote perfecti, sicut perfectus est Pater vester qui est in Caelis -Sursum corda -Adveniat, Domine, Regnum tuum 

1926 10 Luglio -Contardo Ferrinio apud Deum Gloriosissimamque Virginem Mariam intercedente .

1927 «Ego,sum vitis vera et Pater meus agricola est... Ego sum vitis, vos palmites: quI manet in me, et ego in eo, hic fert fructum multum: quia sine me nihil potestis facere. » 

1927 17 October – On the 25th anniversary of the death of Ferrini (1902.17/10) the Lord summons me, through the decision of the Faculty of Jurisprudence in Florence, to be a teacher of Roman Law. 

1928 «Si scires donum Dei, et quis est, qui dicit tibi: Da mibi bibere, tu forsitan petisses ab eo, et dedisset tibi aquam vivam ...Omnis, qui bibit ex aqua, quam ego dabo ei, non sitiet in aeternum; sed aqua, quam ego dabo ei, fiet in eo fons aquae salientis in vitam aeternam » (John 4.10.15), Vienna 1928 23.8.1928 O Jesus, behold me ready!

 

1929 Deus meus et omnia!  20.8.1929 Lord, behold me ready! (S. Bernardo 1929 Castelnuovo)

 

25.1.1930 Teaching diploma. Thank you, Lord, in joy as in humility!

 

29.4.1930 To Contardo Ferrini, who by every pathway led me to the house of the Father!

 

1930 Expurgate vetus fermentum, ut sitis nova conspersio sicut estis azymi. Etenim Pascha nostrum immolatus est Christus. Itaque epulenìur: non in fermento veteri neque in fermento malitiae sed in azymis sinceritatis et veritatis. 

30.8.30 Castelnuovo 23.10.30 The first great victory: failure in the exam.

 

8.2.31 Contardo Ferrini a Venerable!

3.9.31 Ecce sponsus venir exite obviam ei! Castelnuovo 

 

27.3.32 Easter. Quae sursum sunt sapite. Jesus the sole object of love. Quem vidi, quem amavi, cui credidi, quem dilexi!

7 Dec. 33 Eve of the Immaculate Conception: my summoning to Florence (Chair of Roman Law).

2 Feb. 34 Inaugural lecture: Feast of the Purification of Mary, the ven. of the month!

8.XII.54 IMMACULATE CONCEPTION: thirty years later [Florence. City of Christ the King and of Mary!]

6.4.58 EASTER [“lumen mundi”! What divine dimensions!]

2.2.66 [32 years later! “Lumen gentium”: “signum cui contradicitur”: what a lapse of time!]

2.2.74 [40 years after 2.2.34: at Siena: pacem in terris]