The church is Catholic, universal, so are all her actions; all that she does belongs to all. When she baptizes a child, that action concerns me; for that child is thereby connected to that body which is my head too, and ingrafted into that body whereof I am a member.
And when she buries a man, that action concerns me: all mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated; God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice; but God’s hand is in every translation, and his hand shall bind up all our scattered leaves again for that library where every book shall lie open to one another.
–From John Donne’s Devotions upon Emergent Occasions (1623), XVII: Nunc Lento Sonitu Dicunt, Morieris – “Now, this bell tolling softly for another, says to me: Thou must die.”
For the family of Katie Kalmerton, sister & daughter, and the family of Clyde Squire, father & husband–members of our homeschooling community, and members of the Church universal. Our hearts and prayers are with you.