“Yet these also were godly people, whose virtues have not been forgotten. Their wealth remains in their families; their heritage with their descendants.” (Book of Sirach, 44.)
These words from the Book of Sirach are hauntingly beautiful, and useful for all sorts of occasions. I stumbled upon them via an acquaintance of mine. Most recognize these sentences from funerals; and on Memorial Day weekend they seem particularly poignant; they point to a consolation we all seek. Surely Sirach didn’t intend them only for the dead and those who mourn; the prescient words tell us living people that we have to make a good choice with our lives.
Blessed Memorial Day!