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Justus in perpetuum vivet et apud dominum est merces eius. (Wisdom 5: 16)
We read a short dictum in today’s epistle spoken by the wise man: “The just [or righteous] man lives in eternity.”
In the past I have spoken on those qualities which constitute a just person, but now allow me to cast this in a different way. A just person is one who has been formed by justice and has become the embodiment of justice. The just person lives in God and God lives in him; and thus is God manifest in each virtue of the just person and refreshed in each virtue of the just. But indeed it is not simply by each virtue, but by each deed of the just, be it as trivial as it maybe, nevertheless as a manifestation of justice, it will bring joy to God. He will be flooded by joy because nothing remains upon his ground save that which is given life by joy. This is a fact which those of more feeble intellectual abilities must simply believe, while the enlightened must know it.
–Meister Eckehart of Hochheim, Sermon No. 39 “Justus in Perpetuum Vivet” (ca. 1320) in: Deutsche Predigten und Traktate, p. 267 (J. Quint ed. 1955)(S.H. transl.)
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I recently spent a semester teaching writing at an elite liberal-arts college. At strategic points around the campus, in shades of yellow and green, banners displayed the following pair of texts. The first was attributed to the college’s founder, which dates it to the 1920s. The second was extracted from the latest version of the institution’s mission statement:
The paramount obligation of a college is to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently, and the ability to live confidently, courageously, and hopefully.
Let us take a moment to compare these texts. The first thing to observe about the older one is that it is a sentence. It expresses an idea by placing concepts in relation to one another within the kind of structure that we call a syntax. It is, moreover, highly wrought: a parallel structure underscored by repetition, five adverbs balanced two against three.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”