Il martirio, dono straordinario di Dio

Mi trovavo fuori Palermo, vicino Assisi, quel 15 settembre del 1993, insieme a dei confratelli Carmelitani per un corso di esercizi spirituali prima di iniziare il nuovo anno pastorale, quando alle sette del mattino dalla radio ho appreso la notizia dell’efferato assassinio di don Pino Puglisi.

          Tanti pensieri affollarono la mia mente in quell’istante: sbigottimento, orrore, trepidazione, rabbia. Mai la mafia era arrivata a tanto: nell’escalation degli omicidi eccellenti di quegli anni non aveva osato toccare la Chiesa e i suoi sacerdoti. Eppure il Cardinale Pappalardo non era stato certamente generico o incerto nelle sue omelie ed interventi vari nello stigmatizzare il male a Palermo e la mafia in particolare.

         In quel momento, e tante volte in questi lunghi anni, due domande si sono rincorse nella mia mente: perché hanno ucciso don Pino? e come mai non hanno ucciso me?

         Sulla prima, i grandi esperti del fenomeno mafioso sono giunti alla conclusione che il parroco di Brancaccio è stato eliminato perché ha cercato di togliere “il pane” alla mafia: la futura manovalanza e il consenso diffuso nel territorio, cioè i bambini, i ragazzi, i giovani…

         Lentamente ho capito con chiarezza il fulcro della vita del sacerdote-martire: don Pino ha amato come Dio ama, perché Dio è amore; i destinatari sono gli stessi: i bambini, i ragazzi, i giovani, le famiglie, la comunità tutta; la fonte a cui attingeva continuamente: Cristo Gesù. “Lassa perdere, non andare dietro a quelli che portano a mala strada”, diceva don Pino.

         Di conseguenza, la mafia, male incarnato in persone concrete, eliminando don Pino ha agito in “odium fidei”, cioè contro il progetto di Dio, del suo amore che salva, che libera, che rende uomini veri e giusti.

         Questa, in sintesi, la conclusione alla quale sono pervenuti i diversi postulatori della causa di beatificazione di don Pino e che ha portato la Congregazione per le Cause dei santi a promulgare il decreto riguardante il suo martirio, ed ora p. Puglisi sarà dichiarato “beato”, partecipe cioè della felicità di Dio.

         Infine, la domanda personale che mi sono posto, “perché non hanno ucciso me? Può sembrare retorica, se non addirittura assurda.

         Eppure, essa deriva da situazioni concrete e similari vissute, a cominciare dal territorio parrocchiale limitrofo, Sperone-Roccella, comprendente la Zona Industriale di Brancaccio, teatro di

diversi omicidi e attentati/incendi contro alcune Aziende.

         La Comunità parrocchiale di S. Sergio I Papa, impegnata fin dal1977 inun cammino di evangelizzazione, e in particolare di animazione giovanile, è stata sempre presente nel territorio, intervenendo con azioni di denuncia e manifestazioni per creare opinione critica sui diversi misfatti di origine mafiosa (l’uccisione del piccolo Di Matteo Giuseppe sciolto nell’acido, l’aggressione di un politico di matrice comunista, ecc…), sostenendo il Movimento di promozione umana, sollecitando il coordinamento tra le diverse istituzioni scolastiche presenti nel territorio allo scopo di bloccare la tendenza alla dispersione scolastica.

         Sono evidenti gli elementi di impegno, condivisi da molti nella nostra Comunità parrocchiale, per contrastare l’attività e la tendenza malavitosa.

         Mi è sorta naturale, quindi, la domanda: “come mai non hanno ucciso me?”. Inutile dire che tale interrogativo non deriva né da invidia o mania di protagonismo.

         Questa mia domanda l’ho evidenziata già alla tavola rotonda del 1° anniversario dell’uccisione di p. Puglisi, come pure l’anno scorso nell’incontro commemorativo,  presenti diversi confratelli presbiteri, indetto dalla Diocesi presso la chiesa di Brancaccio.

         La risposta, che lentamente mi sono data e che mi ritorna spesso alla mente, è unica: il martirio è un dono straordinario di Dio. E’ Dio, infatti, che genera, sostiene, guida e porta a compimento la vocazione al martirio. L’uomo è chiamato ad ascoltare, a lasciarsi guidare e coinvolgersi nel progetto che Egli ha su ciascuno di noi. Non ha detto forse Gesù ai due discepoli di Emmaus: “Non bisognava che il Cristo sopportasse queste sofferenze per entrare nella sua gloria?” (Lc 24,26). Non coincidono forse le parole di Gesù: “Siate simili a coloro che aspettano il padrone quando torna dalle nozze, per aprirgli subito, quando arriva e bussa” (Lc 12,36), con quelle che don Pino ha pronunciato sorridendo ai suoi carnefici: “Vi stavo aspettando…”, quel fatidico 15 settembre del 1993?

         Nella liturgia esequiale la Parola di Dio proclama il mistero pasquale: “Dio li ha provati e  li ha trovati degni di sé; li ha saggiati come l’oro nel crogiolo e li ha graditi come l’offerta di un olocausto”(Sap 3,1-9). Queste parole, di certo, non sono più per chi è stato trasfigurato, ma sono sicuramente un richiamo forte per chi è ancora in cammino… ad essere sempre pronto con i calzari ai piedi e la lucerna accesa.

         Sì, ora con la dichiarazione della Chiesa, ne siamo certi, il Signore ha concesso a don Pino un dono straordinario, il dono del martirio, lo ha provato e lo ha trovato degno di sé.

Due santi carmelitani coincidono nelle loro conclusioni esperienziali nella ricerca del volto di Dio e nel servizio ai fratelli. Diceva Teresa di Lisieux, volendo imitare i grandi santi: “Vorrei essere sacerdote…, vorrei essere missionaria…, vorrei essere martire…, ma nelle lettere di san Paolo ho trovato la risposta, scoperto che nel cuore della Chiesa mia Madre, io sarò l’amore”. Già tanti secoli prima, Giovanni della Croce, pervenendo alla contemplazione pura, lanciava un messaggio per ogni uomo in ricerca si affida a Dio: “alla fine della vita, saremo giudicati sull’amore”.

Se da una parte chiediamo al Signore che, attraverso il sangue versato da don Pino, lavi e purifichi la nostra città di Palermo e la Sicilia tutta dalla peste della mafia, dall’altra la sua stessa vita donata interpella sorridendo la Chiesa, tutti cristiani e agli uomini di buona volontà: “E se ognuno fa qualche cosa, allora si può fare molto…”.

 

p. Pietro Leta, O. Carm, parroco.

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