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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. stand with israel
I listen to a lot of conservative talk radio. Confident masculine voices telling me the enemy is everywhere and victory is near — I often find it affirming: there’s a reason I don’t think that way. Last spring, many right-wing commentators made much of a Bloomberg poll that asked Americans, “Are you more sympathetic to Netanyahu or Obama?” Republicans picked the Israeli prime minister over their own president, 67 to 16 percent. There was a lot of affected shock that things had come to this. Rush Limbaugh said of Netanyahu that he wished “we had this kind of forceful moral, ethical clarity leading our own country”; Mark Levin described him as “the leader of the free world.” For a few days there I yelled quite a bit in my car.
The one conservative radio show I do find myself enjoying is hosted by Dennis Prager. At the Thanksgiving dinner of American radio personalities (Limbaugh is your jittery brother-in-law, Michael Savage is your racist uncle, Hugh Hewitt is Hugh Hewitt) Dennis Prager is the turkey-carving patriarch trying to keep the conversation moderately high-minded. While Prager obviously doesn’t like liberals — “The gaps between the left and right on almost every issue that matters are in fact unbridgeable,” he has said — he often invites them onto his show for debate, which is rare among right-wing hosts. Yet his gently exasperated take on the Obama–Netanyahu matchup was among the least charitable: “Those who do not confront evil resent those who do.”
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“Matt was happy enough to sustain himself on the detritus of a world he saw as careening toward self-destruction, and equally happy to scam a government he despised. 'I’m glad everyone’s so wasteful,' he told me. 'It supports my lifestyle.'”