In Grace something is transcended, once and for all overcome. Grace happens in spite of something; it happens in spite of separateness and alienation. Grace means that life is once again united with life, self is reconciled with self. Grace transforms fate into a meaningful vocation. It transforms guilt to trust and courage. The word …grace has something triumphant in it. ~Yrjö Kallinen
I found this quote on the Facebook status of friend who works at the UN. Aside from the concept of grace which is so beautifully explored here, I am fascinated that it was written by a Finn. If Yrjö Kallinen was writing this in Finnish, it opens up another interesting language exploration, as there isn’t a single word for ‘grace’ in Finnish. Perhaps Kallinen was thinking of gratia as there is a bit of the wealth of gratia gratium parit reflected here.
I want to know more about this. If you know where this quote is from, please leave a comment so I can explore more.
Addendum: March 1, 2011
I found this clip of Kallinen. He’s speaking Finnish, and so the majority of you will have to read the sub-titles, but if you’re curious to hear his lovely clear enunciation that even I can make sense of have a listen. Apparently Kallinen was a pacifist and conscientious objector who nonetheless was Finland’s Minister of Defence from 1946-48. He is speaking about life and dreams and how to revolutionize thinking. Quite apropos to what is happening in the Middle East at the moment.