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Pax Vobiscum: A Moment with Bill Reflection

Updated on June 3, 2015

An Old Altar Boy

I’m blown away by some of my writer friends in other countries who speak three or four languages. What’s up with that, you show-offs?

I have a pretty good handle on English, but I remember taking French in college and damned near flunking it if it were not for the intervention of a girlfriend who saved my grade and bacon. I haven’t tried learning another language since.

Having said that, I attended a Catholic high school, and one of the requirements of that curriculum was four years of Latin. I remember seeing that as an 8th Grader and thinking, “Oh my God, I’m going to flunk high school and be a total failure all my life.”

Well, I didn’t flunk. In fact, Latin turned out to be fairly easy for me. Maybe it was because of my head start as an altar boy in the Catholic Church. You see, way back when, before iPhones and YouTube, the Catholic mass was said in Latin and not English, and altar boys were expected to know the Latin responses to the priest. So when the priest would say, “Pax Vobiscum,” we were expected to say, in return, “Et cum spiritu tuo.”

Or, to put it another way, “Peace be with you,” followed by, “And with your spirit.”

So that got me thinking.

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Pax Vobiscum

So, what do we mean when we say “peace be with you?”

Merriam-Webster tells us that means we are wishing upon a person freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions, a harmony in personal relations, a state or period of mutual concord, and a state of tranquility.

We know that peace, by any other name, is still peace. Accord, friendship, love, reconciliation, unanimity, union, truce, unity, amity, armistice, cessation, conciliation, concord, order, pacification, pacifism, a pinch of this, a dash of that, cook in the oven at three-fifty for a lifetime and you have….peace.

It’s a beautiful thing to wish upon others, is it not? May you be free of oppressive thoughts and emotions. May you arrive at a place of concord and tranquility. May you be at peace in your life.

It’s basically acknowledging that we are all human beings and that we wish the same for others that we wish for ourselves. It does not call on current slang to deliver the message i.e. take it easy, take care, chill out, and when used as a way of saying farewell, it certainly beats the hell out of “catch you later,” or “see ya” or even “later, gator.”

It is exquisitely beautiful, don’t you think?

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And with Your Spirit

And with your essence as a being.

I mean sure, we are all at peace from time to time, right? Things go smashingly well for us at work, or our marriages are argument-free for a week, or the kids are actually acting human for a change; when those things happen, I think it would be safe to say we are temporarily at peace.

But a peacefulness of spirit?

I’m reminded of a plaque that was on the desk of Dr. Bob, one of the co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. A definition of humility was printed on that plaque:

Perpetual quietness of heart. It is to have no trouble. It is never to be fretted, or vexed, irritable or sore; to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised, it is to have a blessed home in myself where I can go in and shut the door and kneel to my Father in secret and be at peace, as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and about is seeming trouble.

Doesn’t that sound like peace of spirit to you?

That kind of peacefulness does not rely on all going well in your life. It is not dependent upon the kids behaving, or you getting that job you applied for, or even you being liked by others. That kind of peacefulness is an inside job, a place of tranquility deep inside of you….in your spirit.

Say It with Me....peace Be with You and with Your Spirit

So wrapping it up and placing a bow on it, when I say “Pax Vobiscum” to you, I am wishing, for you, inner peace. I am saying I hope you wade through the detritus of your life, push aside the doubts, fears, self-incrimination, self-doubts, self-chastisement, recriminations of others, and troublesome happenings of the day, and I hope you find that quiet place within that will allow you to enjoy life as you deserve to enjoy it.

Wouldn’t it be cool if everyone could do that?

What would the world look like if it were to happen?

Don’t worry, I’m not going to break out in song like John Lennon and sing “Imagine.” I’m not going to stand on a lectern and recite “I Have A Dream” like Martin Luther King, Jr. I’m much too realistic for that. I know I can’t change the world with an article. I know I’m just a blip on the radar of time and soon my blip will move off the screen never to be seen again.

But still…..

What can it hurt, right? What harm can come of it? How can this be anything but a plus for humanity, if one man simply greets others with the words “pax vobiscum?” And when that greeting has ended, and conversation has ground to a halt, to wish that person peace in their life as I say my goodbyes….how can that hurt?

And even if I feel silly speaking Latin to strangers; even if I feel self-conscious about sounding like some anal intellectual trying to impress someone with my grasp of Latin; wouldn’t it be beyond cool if I thought those words and actually hoped them? Wouldn’t it be cool if I lived my life in support of those words? Wouldn’t it be the cat’s meow if I lived a life of tranquility and modeled it for others?

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Like I Was Saying

It got me thinking!

Pax vobiscum!

Et cum spiritu tuo!

That is my wish for you today.

That is my wish for you tomorrow, and then next day, and the next.

That is my wish for your family and their family and their family.

Pax vobiscum!

Et cum spiritu tuo!

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, it's a beautiful place to be at. I wish I could bottle it and let everyone try it for awhile. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, Dianna, and I wish you peace as well. Thank you!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It is wonderful to be truly at peace, and if under the right circumstances, it isn't hard to achieve. If I could have one wish, it would be for us all to be at peace.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Somehow saying peace in a different language makes it real. We say Paz in Spanish, one can see the root of the romance language in the spelling. I wish you peace, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My goodness, Genna, you are good for my self-esteem. You always have something beautiful and positive to say. I respect that in a person, and I thank you sincerely.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I also attended a Catholic high school, and we had to learn a language. Latin was offered but not required. I opted for Spanish. Oddly enough, I have always considered Latin to be a romance language, but perhaps that's a bit over the top. I think it is the most literate because of its historical context, and has many beautiful phrases; pax vobiscum, for example. I wish you inner peace, always, Bill...you are one of those genuine individuals who "walks the talk," and makes our life as writers and discoverers a bit easier and more enlightened by being you. Voted up and shared. :-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lawrence, I love it....a beautiful greeting and response. Thank you for sharing that with me, a pax vobiscum.

      bill

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      I'm living proof that someone useless at languages in a classroom (school and college) can still learn them!!

      In my travels I picked up four but my favorite greeting (and translation) I'll leave with you

      "Salaam aleykum"

      Literally "Peace be with you"

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      "Aleykum salaam wa rahmat allah abereketu"

      Literally "and to you and may the spirit of God bless you"

      By the way to that's how Egyptians greet each other. Say it to an Egyptian and the smile is a mile wide!

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sparrowriter...you are appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kim. My wish for you is peace at last. May this summer be blessed for you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Kailey. Thank you for sharing in my thoughts. :)

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      rdsparrowriter 2 years ago

      Peace matters a lot :) Interesting article as always :) Take care and may God Bless You!

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Bill,

      As you know the last month, heck the last year, have presented me with lots of challenges and made me work harder than ever to find that peace within. Beautiful hub and words to live by. Naturally, voted up and shared for the message is one worth sharing.

      Blessings,

      Kim

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      social thoughts 2 years ago from New Jersey

      What a great use of the term! I took Spanish in high school, and then requested Latin before I graduated because I always wanted to learn it. I didn't pass, but I enjoyed it a lot! I think you explain the saying so well that it's universal. I hadn't thought of its similarity to "an it harm none, do as ye wilt." So, thanks for the new perspective!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so very much,Nadine, and peace be with you always.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, you described it perfectly. Thank you! I don't always have that inner peace, but when I do have it I want more of it...I'm greedy that way. :)

      Pax vobiscum, dear friend, and blessings always

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, that is so kind of you. Thank you so much. I do what I can do to make the world just a little bit better...take care of my neighborhood and then expand!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Lizzy, now somebody tells me...I should have taken Italian!!!! It's a bit late for that news now, but thanks anyway. I'll just keep trying to master English and hope for the best.

      It was interesting, though. I didn't know that about Latin and learning other languages. Thanks my friend.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      To my great writing buddy: "Peace be with all" & LOVE above all!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Pax Vobiscum, dearest Bill!

      What a lovely hub on one of my favorite topics ...possessing peace even through great trials. It can be done, as I experienced it when they told me I had breast cancer and I knew it before they told me. It just rained down over me and I felt in complete peace. The peace you describe is the peace that passes all understanding, and when one experiences such peace, it is something one does not forget. Better yet, to live each day in such peace is amazing. Life sure can be brutal at times, but I know for a fact that peace in one's mind can happen.

      Peace be with you and yours always

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, that was beautiful. So much of it was exquisite. Thank you for such a loving message....how do we get more people to sign on, my friend? One person at a time, that's how.

      Peace always

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Dear Bill, you are certainly much more than a blip on the radar. God has gifted you with the ability to write--no, not just write, but write beautifully, eloquently. Your words instruct, they lead, they encourage, they touch, and they heal. You give of yourself and you write from the heart. I love your positive view of life and your ability to focus on what is truly important. And then you share that with others.

      I am happy knowing that you have found that peace that so many are hungry for. Perhaps in reading this hub, you have helped someone else find it too.

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      I had to chuckle briefly at your struggles with French. I know a little French, having studied it some in both high school and college, with a slight advantage, given that my paternal ancestry is French and French-Canadian. An aunt of mine was fluent all her life, and told me I had a 'good accent' when speaking French. My father spoke it to some extent, but had forgotten a good deal.

      That said, I did fairly well until we got into French grammar. Since I was never able to grasp the concepts in English of subjunctive clauses, predicates, and all else that is entailed in diagramming sentences, (I learned it by osmosis from reading, but could never manage to connect the terminology to the structure I recognized as correct), I sure couldn't translate it into French.

      But I think I understand your difficulties. My college French professor told us that the "Latin languages," (Italian, Spanish, French) were all derived from original old Latin, and that today, Italian is still the closest to Latin, Spanish is next, and French is furthest away.

      You probably would have grasped Italian with no problem. ;-)

      Peace.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Another Five-star Hotel, Bill, or perhaps six. Exists, right? Witty and well-written Hub with the timeless message of Peace. No, not the absence of war, but the presence of Love, Harmony and Oneness.

      Really 'cool' message:

      Pax vobiscum!

      Et cum spiritu tuo!

      Infinitely more than a 'blip on the radar of time.' Ooops! Think I stole that one somewhere. Spotted it? Excellent!

      This is why I write: To serve; to reach the Heart; to inspire, elevate and motivate aspiring human beings; to act as a beacon for the Light ... and you've just entered my domain. Hey hey.

      Actually, you do this with Grace, and as your heart tells you. I rather suspect that you would love to do more, but you have mentioned the realistic fact of having to deal with life before, as well as its expectations.

      Om Shanti! La Paz! Peace! Armani! (Kiswahili), Salaam! Shalom! Namaste! ...

      Om Namo Shivaya! (I bow to the Supreme Dweller within your Heart)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruchira. I never doubted that you would echo those comments.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Harishprasad. I greatly appreciate your kind words of peace and love.

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      Ruchira 2 years ago from United States

      I echo along with these 26 comments :)

      "Peace be with all"

      xoxo

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      Bill, you have a chalice, filled with nectar. Pax Vobiscum , et cum spiritu tuo. I love these greetings. The world needs all peace and peerless words like these. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful gem.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I did too, Jamie...Seattle University..Jesuits all the way. :)

      Thanks my friend.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Peace be with you Bill. I also was an altar boy and earned my BS from a private Catholic University. Great hub! Jamie

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mike and also with you...always!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, thank you! There is nothing more to add other than to say pax vobiscum always, my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, always nice to see you. Thank you! Quo vadis? Nice....I think, in today's time, I am most fond of vox populi, but that's wishful thinking, isn't it? :) Have a peaceful day and I hope things continue to improve for you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Zulma and with you too.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Frank, I honestly don't know if that came from the Bible. Now you have me curious. Just one more piece of research to do today. :) Thanks, buddy, and peace be with you too.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, what a wonderful comment and religious history lesson. I love your line "The Mass is theater." The high masses were theater at its finest for sure.

      Thank you my friend and peace be unto you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sis, I was one of the best little bell-ringers you will ever find, and I could do it with an angelic face that could bring tears to your eyes. :) Like Brian just said, the Mass is theater. Maybe I missed my calling and should have gone into acting. :)

      Carry on, Sis, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, I still believe that peace and love will conquer all. I just hope I see it in my lifetime and not read about it in the Heaven Gazette. :) Blessings my friend and thank you always.

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      Mr Archer 2 years ago from Missouri

      Wonderful thoughts Bill. I accept your wish and return the same for you.

      Peace be with you. And for all who need such thoughts.

      Mike

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      How d'ya get to be so wise, bill? I know the answer but it's still wonderful.

      Thank you, because you've given me the answer to a problem I've had in the last few days; how to say something to somebody. Now I know.

      Pax vobiscum! Et cum spiritu tuo! to you & Bev too, with all my heart.

      Ann

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Bill, well my first thought was, "Quo vadis?" Then I remember that you were "Vox populi." sorry, I'm reaching here. :) You have such a beautiful mind, to be free of opressive negative thoughts and emotions is indeed a wonderful place to be. The last few weeks have been pretty stressful for me but the tide seems to be turning. Thank you for those very thoughtful words. Pax Vobiscum my friend.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Lovely thoughts, Bill. Wishing you peace as well.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      so peace to you.. and thank you for sharing this Biblical reflection Billybuc style.. was it quoted in the old testament.. not too sure.. not being Catholic.. I think I'm permitted the uncertainty.. nonetheless Peace, and warmth to you and your family

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, I think that makes a full sentence; most definitely. LOL Thank you for the laugh and the very kind words. You are appreciated, my friend.

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Once before a high Mass back when I was an altar boy in the 1950s, a priest gave me this direction: "Look like you know what you are doing and look holy." The Mass is theater.

      I think it is interesting to note how inner spiritual peace is attained and described in different cultures. The 17th-century Christian monk Brother Lawrence, author of The Practice of the Presence of God (available online in PDF), seems to have had it. 20th-century Indian Hindu guru and cigarette vendor Nisargadatta Maharaj, author of I Am That (available online in PDF), seems to have had it. Old Testament character Joseph son of Jacob, who was unfazed by the ups and downs of his life, seems to have had it. Jesus, who responded to betrayal, mockery, and crucifixion with "Father, forgive them", seems to have had it. Buddha seems to have had it. And many others have had it or have it. What do they have in common?

      Peace be unto you, and thank you for this reflection.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      There are some things that simply STAY with us for all time......Catholic School students can whip Latin out at the jingle of a bell.....Domini non sum dignas, ut intres sub tectrum meum, sed tantum dic verdo, et sanabitur anima mea.......3x's with head bowed and fist to heart......

      Peace, Brother..... My halo twinkles like diamonds....

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Hello William.

      It came directly from a peace - full heart of your my friend "Peace be with you", echoing back and also Peace be with you.

      Peace. "How can this be anything but a plus for humanity?" Perhaps the most needed tranquil state of a soul, brought to the earth as a gift , announced by angelic host "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among people with whom he is pleased."

      The inner-spirit-man seeking a peace will reach the peace in connection with the Creator, and then what "I have" can give to you "Peace be with you." An ancient greeting, a needed "word " to be spread. As an author , a writer, and initiator - motivator of many great,- needed- necessary practices among "us " readers and followers of yours, Bill GO AHEAD and never stop saying it Pax Vobiscum.

      In this age and stage of our human affairs this missing peace of a puzzle "peace" might usher in the long anticipated Prince of Peace we all are longing for eternity..

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

      Blessings to you always.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Thank you, Bill. Your heart is so big. Peace be with you, as well. I studied four years of Spanish and still don't know it fluently today. I started studying Esperanto last year and couldn't say a full sentence to save my life. Oh wait... I can say, "Ne!" That means "No!" The you is understood, so that makes it a full sentence, right? (Smiling like I just stole something and nobody saw it.)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And also with you, Clive! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, your final sentence was a powerful one. I'm not sure why this is such a difficult thing to grasp for some people, but if we can change one person along the way, every few days, then that's better than nothing.

      Thank you dear friend.

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      Clive Williams 2 years ago from Nibiru

      peace be with you bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Awesome, Bill! The title had me perplexed. Even though Mass was spoken in Latin when I was young, I had no idea what they were saying. I simply stood, sang, knelt, and sat as the rest of the congregation did.

      I took French in high school and aced it. Got straight A's, could read, write, and speak it fluently. Of course, I'm talking 40 years ago!

      I remember the first time someone said, "Namaste" to me. I had no clue and had to ask. Now I see it all the time in the written word.

      Perhaps this article will bring back the Latin form. As long as people know how to (and do) wish peace for his fellow man, it doesn't matter what language it's spoken in.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Drbj, Latin has helped me a great deal as a writer. I would have never said it way back when because I hated it as a teen. LOL Much better than the bedbug thing....never liked that one at all.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, Mary! My old Latin teachers must cringe in their graves when I try to speak Latin now....but they would be slightly proud that I remember Pax Vobiscum. :) Thank you my friend. Your kind words mean a lot to me.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      If only indeed, my friend. Thank you Bill!

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      In the dark ages, Bill, when I attended high school, Latin was the required second language. I wasn't fond of it then but learned as time went by that my latent knowledge of it helped me decipher new words in English. So pax vobiscum and namaste to you, too.

      So much more elegant than: 'Sleep tight and don't let the bedbugs bite!'

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Let it begin with me....Bill you are a born leader and spreader of good news. What better message than inner peace? Having someone wish you peace of spirit plants that seed in your heart and God willing that seed will grow.

      Pax vobiscum.

      (I miss the mass in Latin....I took two years of Latin and two of French, some words still stick but oh Lordy would the nuns be disappointed.)

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      There is no better message. Period. If only... ;-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Buildreps, thank you, and Namaste to you as well.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Eric, thank you. I love what you said about making the world better and you passing it on. That's what it's all about, buddy. Thank you for doing that.

      Pax vobiscum

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, who else would I be? LOL I tried being Brad Pitt and it didn't work out well at all. :)

      Thank you sweet lady. I'm going to bottle up some self-love and send it your way.

      As always, thank you for the smile.

      bill

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      Buildreps 2 years ago from Europe

      Very nice, Hub! I watched the videos as well and they're really great, billybuc. Namasté brother!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I sure am glad I went and brewed my special Bittergourd, artichoke and other herb tea with lemon before I sat down to enjoy this wonderful message of love and peace -- true peace. Our society owes a lot to Bill and Bob for showing us a way to take positive steps to make that peace a reality.

      As for changing the world with such lofty offerings of peace to each other I say that I have a world, it may be mostly in my head, but on this day at this time you changed that world for the better and I guarantee and promise I will pass that along to another's world today.

      In that Latin derivative; Muchas Gracias

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 2 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      I watched your video and could have watched it longer, you speak so well and so much truth. Self love is not something that has come easy. When someone asks am I a confident person I often find myself on the fence. In some ways yes and some ways no.

      I never studied Latin (Mickster did some) so did not know this when I first read your article. I do like the idea of peace in ones being and find spiritual sentiments lovely such as Namaste.

      I wish you continued Peace this day and everyday my friend. Thank you for just being you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Emese, Pax Vobiscum to you, and thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Chateaudumer, and Pax Vobiscum to you as well.

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      Emese 2 years ago

      Thank you, Bill. This is beautiful. Pax Vobiscum!

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      David B Katague 2 years ago from Northern California and the Philippines

      Peace be with you, also Bill Holland. Enjoy this hub very much!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Larry, and may those moments increase in number for you soon. Pax Vobiscum, my friend!

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      I rarely find a bit of inner peace, but when I do, I cherish it.

      Wonderful work of definition. Peace be with you and with your spirit.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for sharing that, MizB. It may be easier for you, but for me, pax vobiscum is like breathing. It's been with me now for over sixty years....but I'll remember what you said about Namaste....it is a beautiful sentiment for sure.

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      I avoided Latin like the plague in high school. About the only words I know are "Et Brute". I have an aunt from Iceland who amazed me. English was her 6th language and she was only 16 when she married my uncle. Those Europeans are amazing with language. Here we Anglos don't even bother to learn Spanish. I've had 2 years of it and still can't order breakfast at a Mexican restaurant.

      Anyway, your idea of wishing spiritual peace to another is beautiful. I personally love the "Namaste" greeting, which means "the god in me recognizes the god in you". "God" in this case can be interpreted as spirit, love, light. So if anyone says it to you, just smile and say it back. It will give you a peaceful feeling, if only temporary, and it's easier to remember than your "pax vobiscum" phrase.

      Namaste,

      Miz B

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John! Some people have a natural gift for languages. I do not. :) Still, I have always remembered this Latin phrase because of its beautiful sentiment. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, let go and let God! That little saying has gotten me through the past eight years. I see no reason to change now. Thank you for the well-wishes, and peace be with you, today and always.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Sally, and peace be with you. Nature is the salvation for me. Always has been. It's good to know others feel the same way.

      Have a lovely Wednesday

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Larry, I have not read his work, but you can bet I will now. Thank you for the suggestion. I'm on it! :)

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Bill I never learnt Latin and I won't pretend now. I did French in High School but only remember a few words and phrases and a quick Japanese course about 15 years ago..so know a few words and numbers in that language. Anyway this is a nice sentiment...and peace be with you everyday.

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      Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York

      Peace be with you and with your Spirit, that is my wish for you today. I took Latin in 9th grade, the teacher was a tyrant, very condescending...passed by the skin of my teeth. :) But I loved Carpe Diem from Robin Williams movie: Seize The Day! So between your peace and my seizing, put the two together and a glorious day lies ahead! Regardless, because God is in control anyway.

      Thank you for this wonderful inspiring write. God bless always, Sparklea :)

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Hi Billy, those are lovely sentiments and I wish the same for you and yours. Inner peace is such a beautiful thing and is perhaps one of the most difficult things to achieve. I find it helps if I spend time outdoors in nature. It never disappoints me.

      Thank you for this one.

      Sally

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      Lawrence Kitzmann 2 years ago

      It's a Wednesday so you know I would be here. As always beautifully done my friend. Don't know if you are familiar with the writings of Malcolm Boyd. Two of his books "Book of Days" and my favorite "Are you running with me Jesus" speak most eloquently to what you have said here. He was at Wayne State University back in the 60's. When I met him. If you haven't already you may enjoy his writing. As always my friend take care and don't forget the flower lady.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DJ! I will take your wish for me and return it to you in the same spirit. I love the sound of those two words...pax vobiscum...it just sounds peaceful. :)

      bill

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      First, I would like to say that I feel your life has been and will continue to be more than a blip on the radar screen. You have adults who read your

      words of inspiration daily, and for some, your words might be the only encouragement that they read or hear all week long.

      It would be great if we could live our lives with little or no aggravating

      issues. Realistically, it is a hope and a dream. But, we can dream, can't we.

      You warm wishes are appreciated, today. And, in return, I wish for you, a peaceful heart.

      Thank you, Bill.

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pop! I appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I love what you wrote here....wise words that can only come from experience and a life fully lived. Thank you for them.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      I wish you the same, Bill.

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      carol stanley 2 years ago from Arizona

      Finding that peaceful spirit within is an amazing place to be. We have learned it is not about our possessions that make us happy--in fact the more stuff we have the more we worry and the more needs to be fixed. I try to find that place sometimes that is anxiety free..we all have problems..I have always said if you burn your finger on 200 degrees or 2000 degrees it still hurts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine and pax vobiscum to you on this cloudy Wednesday. Italian? Not for this boy, although I'll bet I would recognize many of the words.

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      I love this and wishing you peace, too. And by the way, I took Italian in high school. I was pretty good at learning the language back then, but now I could barely remember what I did learn. Sad, but true. Happy Wednesday to you!! ;)