Charity Remains Unforgotten

"Alle Weissheit ist bey Gott dem Herrn..." (Sirach, first chapter, German translation), anonymous artist, 1654.
“Alle Weissheit ist bey Gott dem Herrn…” (Sirach, first chapter, German translation), anonymous artist, 1654.

All that is of earth, to earth must needs return, and all waters find their way back to the sea; what shall become of bribery and oppression? The memory of them shall vanish; faithfulness will endure for ever. All the riches of the wrong-doer will disappear, like stream that runs dry, will die away, like roll of thunder in a storm-cloud; open-handed is merry-hearted, the sinners it is that shall pine away at the last. Never a branch will the posterity of the wicked put forth; dead roots they are that rattle on the wind-swept rock. How green yonder rushes grow by the river’s bank! But they shall be plucked up before hay-harvest. But kindliness, like the garden trees, lasts on, remembered in blessing; charity remains unforgotten.

— Book of the All-Virtuous Wisdom of Joshua ben Sira (Ecclesiasticus) xl. 11-17.

Published by Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organised the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Personal queries should be directed to me at eccentricbliss dot com.

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