I offer this line from Wallace Stevens’ poem, Sunday Morning, to help us quiet our souls for the day of silence tomorrow for all the victims of the world — including the recent tragic victims of Virginia Tech, but also the countless others throughout history.
One ancient sacrifice which came to mind to me today was that of Francis David (Ferenc Dávid), b 1510 d 1579, founder of the Unitarian Church of Transylvania, who, having dedicated his life to tolerance and peace, had to end his days in a dungeon. Below is a sketch of Francis David and a picture of a flaming chalice with his famous quotation:
Yes, the ancient sacrifice referred to in the Stevens poem was that of Jesus, the ultimate sacrifice, but Jesus would not disapprove I think of a worldwide application of a hush for all victims, and I just pick one of several that Unitarian Universalist’s remember. There are of course countless billions of others thoughout the world and throughout the history of mankind.
Blessed be. In remembrance.