The nature of faith or the faith of nature? – La natura della fede o la fede della natura? – Natura credinței sau credința naturii

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A wonderful thing is happening in the region Kapandriti, from the neighborhood of Athens. Ten years ago, a pious beekeeper, named Isidor Tziminis, thought of placing an icon of the crucifixion inside of one of his beehives. Shortly afterwards, upon opening the beehive, he noticed that the bees had shown respect and devotion towards the icon, which they had “embellished” with wax, leaving though untouched, the face and body of the Lord.

Each spring, ever since, this beekeeper places in his beehives icons of the Redeemer, the Mother of Christ or Saints and the result is always the same. One time, someone brought him a handmade piece, from a nunnery. The icon represented the Golgota hill and the three crosses standing on it. The bees embellished with wax the entire surface of the work, leaving clearly distinguishable the cross of the Redeemer and that of the robber on the right hand side of the Lord, while they covered the cross on the left with a thick layer of wax.

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Una cosa meravigliosa che è accaduta nella regione Kapandriti, dalle vicinanze di Atena. Dieci anni fa, un apicoltore pio, di nome Isidor Tziminis, ha pensato di mettere un’icona della crocifissione all’interno di uno tra i suoi alveari. Poco tempo dopo, dopo l’apertura dell’alveare, notò che le api avevano mostrato rispetto e la devozione verso l’icona, che avevano “arricchito” con la cera, lasciando però intatto, il volto e il corpo del Signore.

Ogni primavera, da allora, quest’apicoltore mise nei suoi alveari icone del Redentore, la Madre di Cristo e Santi e il risultato è sempre lo stesso. Una volta, qualcuno gli ha portato un pezzo fatto a mano, da un convento di suore. L’icona rappresenta il colle Golgota e le tre croci in piedi su di esso. Le api impreziositi con cera l’intera superficie dell’opera, lasciando chiaramente distinguibile la croce del Redentore e quella del ladro, sul lato destro del Signore, mentre si copriva la croce a sinistra con uno spesso strato di cera.

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În regiunea Kapandriti, din preajma Atenei, se petrece un lucru minunat. În urmă cu zece ani, un evlavios apicultor, pe nume Isidor Ţiminis, s-a gândit să introducă într-unul din stupii săi o icoană cu Răstignirea Domnului. Deschizând stupul, la puţin timp după aceea, a constatat cu uimire că albinele au arătat respect şi evlavie faţă de icoană, pe care au „brodat-o” cu ceară, lăsând neacoperite chipul şi trupul Domnului.

De atunci, în fiecare primăvară, acesta introduce în stupii săi icoane cu Mântuitorul, cu Maica Domnului sau cu sfinţi, iar rezultatul este mereu acelaşi. Cândva i s-a dus o piesă lucrată manual, la o mănăstire de maici, reprezentând dealul Golgotei cu cele trei cruci. Albinele au „brodat” cu ceară întreaga suprafaţă a compoziţiei, lăsând a se percepe clar crucea Mântuitorului şi cea a tâlharului din dreapta Sa, în timp ce crucea tâlharului din stânga au acoperit-o cu un strat gros de ceară

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(Romanian translation from Greek: Elena Dinu, The Romanian Italian Valeriu dg Barbu Romanian to English: Michaela J.)

40 thoughts on “The nature of faith or the faith of nature? – La natura della fede o la fede della natura? – Natura credinței sau credința naturii

  1. Such an interesting and uplifting story.As usual gorgeous pictures as well.Thank you enjoyed reading.
    Karen.

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  2. Many will call this a fluke,not me…I believe every creature acknowledges the creator!
    You have brightened my day🙂

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  3. Hey Valeriu, what an amazing story.
    That picture of the boy and his dog? OMG! That’s just so adorable!!🙂
    Have a great day. Hugs from Oz. Paula xx

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  4. Reblogged this on kiwissoar and commented:
    creation

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  6. Fascinating story. That is probably one of the most interesting things I’ve ever seen done with bees.

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  7. Even the rocks will cry out and the stars sing His praise. This is a beautiful reminder in a time of great distress. Thank you for sharing something lovely to contemplate this evening.

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  8. Thankyou for sharing this story!

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  9. bennetta faire

    This is fascinating, I was awed–thank you so much for sharing–God bless you!!

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  10. Odd things happ[en and we wonder.

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  11. L’ha ribloggato su valeriudgbarbu2ite ha commentato:
    Add your thoughts here… (optional)

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  12. Creativity and respect. Greetings from Spain.

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  13. Valerie, wondering what this could be causing it. There was a phenomenon once in India which was called the Milk Miracle. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindu_milk_miracle. While the story has a very spiritual feel to it which is so very treasurable, it must also have some kind of a scientific explanation.

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    • science seeks explanations … sometimes find … but without understanding the spiritual side will always be incomplete

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      • Agree so totally! I am of the same view. Without spirituality, the picture of humanity is so incomplete, dry, depressing and has dangerous implications too. Dostoevsky’s famously said that if we remove God from life, then anything can be permitted.

        I do have a healthy respect for and also possessing an understanding of Science which I will never let go of but spirituality is my living core any day. It is the guiding ligh. Reading your post I thought, I am not even good enough as these humble and lovely bees who are able to show such adoration! I have learnt a lot just by thinking about them. I must thank you for this post🙂

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  14. This is absolutely remarkable and we DO know, these things are NOT chance encounters! Our God Lives! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. I love that shot of the child and the dog … brilliant~!

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  16. No pensabɑ leer un poxt asi en este bloց ,en cambio estoy realmente asombrado esta vez

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