The weather is beautiful. Crisp and clear. A good day for remembering. As I posted a September 11 memorial on our library blog, band rehearsal was just beginning. The melody of Dona Nobis Pacem, Latin for “grant us peace,” seeped through the block walls. And I thought, “Yes, Lord, please, grant us peace. In our world. In our cities. In Chicago.”
The text of an anthem learned long ago came flooding back. Set by J. Paul Williams and Anna Laura Page, it is a paraphrase of Isaiah 11:6-9:
“In the holy mountain of the Lord, all war and strife will cease.
The wolf will lie down with the lamb, the cow and bear will graze,
their young will play together. . .
The leopard and goat will graze, the lion will feed on straw.
They will war no more. . .
A child will lead them all.
In the holy mountain of the Lord, creation will be at peace.”
May God speak peace and comfort to our hearts.