From The Universe and The Time blog: “Carpe Diem, Vita Brevis” in other words, “Seize the Day, Life is Short”~
I stumbled across this blog a while back. Another iteration of a reminder we all need frequently – make the most each day; relish in the ordinary; we know not the hour or the day it will all be over, so make hay while you can.
And for the blog itself,
— Read on: theuniverseandthetime.blogspot.com/2013/02/carpe-diem-vita-brevis-seize-day-life.html
Let’s start this way, from the Book of Luke, Chapter 6.
“I will show you what someone is like who comes to me,
listens to my words, and acts on them.
That one is like a man building a house,
who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock;
when the flood came, the river burst against that house
but could not shake it because it had been well built.
But the one who listens and does not act
is like a person who built a house on the ground
without a foundation.
When the river burst against it,
it collapsed at once and was completely destroyed.”
Here’s what I know. I’ve worked to keep my house on rock all my life. Overall. But there have definitely been times, plenty of times, when I’ve struggled; in my worst moments, ideals have gone out the door due to matters that proved to much for me in the moment.
This verse from the Book of Luke is one of my favorites. It calls us to strive for what we know is right, to heed the wise words we hear, to build our house on rock, to fortify against the inevitable dangers, struggles, floods of difficulty that come along in life.
We’re called to trust in the foundation we’ve laid, and do what we know is right and correct in each moment in those most difficult times. In this way, the high river waters of life’s most challenging moments will not sweep you away; your house will stand firm.
All houses shake. But in the flood, yours can, yours will, stand firm. Let it be so.
There are so many ways, so many takes, but in the end just one purpose, I think: EQUALITY.
After 400 years a society, and almost 250 years a country, let it be so: that all people are equal and should be treated as such.
These names come to mind: Tommie Smith, John Carlos, Harry Edwards, Bill Walsh, Al Davis, Phil Woolpert, Horace Stoneham, Colin Kaepernick, Steve Kerr, Kyle Shanahan, Gabe Kapler, Evander Kane,…and…
George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson, Aura Rosser, Stephon Clark, Botham Jean, Philando Castille, Alton Sterling, Michelle Cusseaux, Freddie Gray, Janisha Fonville, Eric Garner, Akai Gurley, Gabriella Nevarez, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Tanisha Anderson, to name a few. These names? Those names of African-Americans who have been killed by police officers.
Some of these words on the backs of some NBA players’ jerseys as their teams compete in the playoffs.
“Say Their Names.”
Elevate the Voices That Need To Be Heard.
Brown Lives Matter.
“Black Lives Matter.”
“BLACK LIVES MATTER.”
Let your elected officials know what you. Let them know they are accountable for making society worse for all people.
The late 19th Century saw the labor movement gain ground. As the turn of the century approached the movement spurred popular support to such degree that national, and international holidays were established to recognize and celebrate workers around the world.
During this same time more reasonable norms were established for number of working hours, and improvement of working conditions in some parts of the world as well.
This work for fair pay, safe conditions, and reasonable parameters otherwise is not complete. The movement must continue, and spread further now to more of the developing world where populations of workers still do not have basic rights and safe and reasonable conditions.
In the United States we celebrate Labor Day on the first Monday in September. In many other parts of the world they celebrate May 1 as Labor Day. Whichever the day, the cause is the same.
More than a century later, let us still Honor Labor. Not only that, let us demand safety, equity, and respect for workers everywhere.
I don’t mean to bug you, but I do mean to elevate the voices that need to be heard.
Let’s say it again:
We interrupt the normally scheduled stream of consciousness for a little learning opportunity.
This month begun, September. It used to be the seventh month of a ten-month year on the Roman calendar. The root word actually means “seven”. Back then the year began with March. And then 2,400 years ago, it got bumped forward to 9th, when the Romans decided to begin counting the winter months, too.
Whatever the history, so begins this new month, the sixth month of the COVID period, the pandemic of our lifetime.
And yet even on the midst of this upside down and dangerous time, I look for the silver. Lining, that is.
There’s much to learn this month, some progress to be made, joy to be had. Even as things unravel, and the political season heats up, as our American society struggles and people are dying on the streets, protests sometimes coming unhinged, still, still, STILL, we’ll find our way.
And so seventh or ninth, September: Make it good.
Hmm, that did end up to be a stream of consciousness. Common theme here. Ah well, more GOOD.
It’s fundamental, really, all readings aside. Or maybe it’s every Bible reading, every Quran reading, every Tanahk reading too. Maybe they all have the same basic guidance.
Reach to be better. Seek the lessons from before, and now. Be better. Every day.
If religion was that simple, if humans perceived a better path in those simple terms, maybe it would be a better world.
I think so. But maybe that’s just me. I’ll put it out there anyway.
These words we say, these words we sing, these words we share,
They seek to explain the thoughts we have, the feelings inside, the struggles and pain, the hopes and the love,
These words, they make us different perhaps, from every other animal on the face of the earth. When we are unsure, when we are striving, straining, explaining,
We use words to fill the void, to fill the holes, to explain, clarify, convince.
To what end?
Sometimes good, sometimes not so, time will tell. They might be your own doing, or your salvation, these words.
Ad maiorem Dei gloriam or Ad majórem Dei glóriam, also rendered as the abbreviation AMDG, is the Latin motto of the Society of Jesus, an order of the Catholic Church.
It means “For the greater glory of God.”
On this thirty-first day of July, designated by The Church as a feast day to celebrate Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits.
Let it be so, that we seek God in all things; let it be so, that each action be a reflection of that journey, that goal.
And when we fall short — and no doubt we will — let us reset to this simple pledge, this simply commitment Ignatius expressed near 500 years ago.
“Ad majórem Dei glóriam.”
Last week an important ruling for Americans from the US Supreme Court.
The ruling reenforces a tenet of modern human governance: striving to create a system where all people, ALL PEOPLE, are treated the same before the laws that govern the land.
The article that outlines the ruling follows, if you’re interested.