Alex Harris (b. 1949)
|The Wisdom of Solomon, a book attributed
to the king who was thought to be the wisest of the wise, tells us that
the hope of the righteous is "full of immortality". For me, this is the
greatest hope of all: that life does not end. Yesterday's lovely sunset,
the wondrous blue of today's sky, the glory of a Mozart concerto, a precious
moment of shared joy with a loved one, are not gone forever. They have all
been (in the words of Gerard Manley Hopkins) "kept with fonder a care" than
we could have kept them. Macbeth said in his despair: "All our yesterdays
have lighted fools / The way to dusty death." I believe, rather, that all
our yesterdaysand todaysare redolent of hope, the hope of endless tomorrows
full of life, beauty and love.
J. Robert Barth, S.J.
McIntyre Professor of English