Living remembrance— thoughts on life

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington with all the names of the more than 58,000 fallen United States soldiers engraved in shiny black marble. The arc de Triomphe in Paris with its countless memorial plaques and the eternal flame burning for an unknown soldier. The New Guard in Berlin, as Germany's site of observance and remembrance with the oversized Pietà by Käthe Kollwitz. These three structures commemorate famous as well as unknown people who are no longer with us. Hardly any visitor to these memorials can remain unaffected by the atmosphere of these places. Many people are silent; some openly express sadness or grief.

Especially in these November days of special remembrance, it is well worth reexamining what life really is. God is Life, and this Life is not limited by either birth or death. It is eternally manifested in man, the pure expression of God.

Life is forever
November 14, 1994

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