Wednesday, September 05, 2007

School motto

The motto of the school where I work is this great phrase: "what we keep we lose, only what we give remains our own." I find this to be a very interesting quote, especially as I am STILL unpacking boxes of accumulated stuff. My office at school is full of books and files, and our basement and attic are cluttered with boxes. What we keep we lose, only what we give remains our own. For a packrat like me, this is a hard thing to read ... why do I have such trouble letting go of this stuff?

And then there is the deeper issue of generosity of time, of presence, of love ... clinging tightly to these "possessions" only cause me to lose them ...

But it is a noble, and strange quote ... in doing some looking around the Internet, I found that Hollins College has a similar motto, as well as Converse (?) College ... is it Biblical, I have had trouble finding it in the Bible. I did find it quoted in a William Barclay commentary on Romans. Barclay 'quoted' this quote but didn't offer a citaton ...

Interesting, noble, strange...

4 comments:

spankey said...

didn't Jesus say something about giving up our lives to save them?

Peter Carey said...

ah, I THOUGHT somebody said something like that!

;)

Anonymous said...

So if I give my video IPOD, I will receive the New IPOD touch and it will remain my own? Oh Fr. Matthew (yes from youtube....lord have mercy) is coming to Los Angeles clergy conference....

Peter Carey said...

I saw that Matthew Moretz was going to your clergy conference --- watch out cuz you'll be on youtube, soon! (as well as all the other good and crazy priests out there on the left coast!)

Hope you're well!

PC