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Gratia gratiam parit November 9, 2010

Filed under: Commentary,Grace Awakening,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 2:35 am
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I discovered a fascinating Latin Proverbs blog today:

http://audiolatinproverbs.blogspot.com

The proverb that drew me to the site was Gratia gratiam parit.   It is a rather profound proverb, because gratia has so many diverse meanings. Consider that favour, esteem, regard, liking, love, friendship,agreeableness, pleasantness, charm, beauty, grace, loveliness, courtesy, service, blessing, obligation, gratitude return, requital and acknowledgment are all components of gratia.

In this proverb grace is both the subject (gratia) and the object (gratiam).  Parit is the verb which means birth.  Think of it as creating, making, causing something to be.

I’m no Latin scholar, but the brilliance seems pretty clear.  Look at this list of definitions.  Now mix and match:

Favour

Esteem

Regard

Liking

Love

friendship

agreeableness

pleasantness

charm

beauty

grace

loveliness

courtesy

service

obligation

blessing

gratitude

giving back

requital

acknowledgment

 …creates Favour

Esteem

Regard

Liking

Love

friendship

agreeableness

pleasantness

charm

beauty

grace

loveliness

courtesy

service

obligation

blessing

gratitude

giving back

requital

acknowledgment

It’s kind of profound, isn’t it? What you put out, is what you get back, in all sorts of permutations.  Think of what it means in the context of the theme of Grace Awakening.  Grace herself is awakening to her birthright, Grace is creating Grace (and the 3 Graces create Grace, as well).  Fascinating stuff.

 

 
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