joys, that we become human and truly live. Let us draw closer together, that we may feel
the pulsings of divine sympathy and love in one another's hearts. If we stand apart we
shall be stranded in the great river, we shall miss the good of living, we shall lose God.
Life is communion and helpfulness; death is disintegration and impotence.
A spiritual empire, a heavenly kingdom can be constituted and sustained only by the moral
and mental union and communion of its citizens, and this can be brought about and kept
vital only by right education. When a noble faith and great thoughts strike root in the
heart and mind of a people, it is held together by bonds which no catastrophe, no
conquest, no dismemberment or dispersion can loosen; and without a noble faith and great
thoughts neither military power nor vast territory nor wealth can give to a people a
permanent place in history or a lasting influence on the progress of the race. All else
passes and becomes as thou~h it had not been, but what the world once recognizes and
accepts as a vita! truth, as an ideal of human perfection which cannot be outgrown,
remains a possession forever to purify and enrich life.
Opportunity in the highest sense of the word is opportunity for education, for making
ourselves men. This end every occasion should serve, since for this we are born.
" We should, as far as it is possible," says Aristotle, " make ourselves immortal, and
strive to live by that part of ourselves which is most excellent." Now, the testimony of
the wise of all ages agrees that a virtuous life is the best and the happiest. Choose and
follow it then though thou find it hard; for custom will make it easy and pleasant. Piety
nourishes faith, hope, and love, and therefore sustains life. If thou seekest for what is
new and also permanently interesting, live with the old truths, until they strike root in
thy being and break into new light and power. The happenings of the day and year are but
novelties, but bubbles that burst in the vacant air; that which is forever new is ancient
as God. It is that whereby the soul lives. It was with the first man when first he
blossomed forth from eternity; it is with thee now and shall be with all men until the
end. It is the source whence thy being springs: its roots dip into infinity; its flowers
make the universe glad and sweet; it is the power