I studied Latin in High School because the teacher was highly eccentric and devoted to the past.
At the last gathering of our group we held a party. Yes, we wore "togas." I played the auto harp and sang "Ubi Omnes Flosces Iwerunt" -- actually "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?" All agreed I should move on and I suggested "Donna, Nobis, Pacem".* A young man in our group started in a most beautiful, secure voice and after we joined him the world had disappeared and all
It would be easy to write that peace had broken out and all was well. No such thing. But there have been those who strove for it mightily and become past and future icons. Not a surprise that many invoked Jesus in their speeches, songs and sermons. What can the rest of us do to share the peace, radiate its resonance, pass it around. Practice peace. Yes we can. And we need it now.
Christmas is a time of faith, joy, renewal and peace. Spread the good news. If I had to choose one song from the season it would be "Let There Be Peace on Earth and Let it Begin With me". It is accessible, we know it, love it and will surely sing it con brio. And hopefully hear it from Becky.
PEACE ON EARTH
*A round of three short parts of the Latin text from the Agnus Dei of the Latin Mass
NOTE: "Let There Be Peace on Earth:" was written by Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller in 1955. Jackson MIller, who had been suicidal after her previous marriage, said she wrote the song after discovering "the life saving joy of God's peace and unconditional love."
- Dalen Cole