In late January a University of Illinois student named Vicente Mundo went missing, and was found murdered somewhere between Tolono and Philo over the weekend of January 31-February 1.
When praying for the dead, the Latin Catholic tradition says Requiem aeternam, “eternal rest,” while the Byzantine tradition both Orthodox and Catholic says Αἰωνία ἡ μνήμη, “eternal memory.” I could not help but think of how short human memory is when I saw this torn-off flyer, and contrast it with the eternal memory of God which is the ground of all being.
For Vicente Mundo, and for all the dead: Αἰωνία ἡ μνήμη! Αἰωνία ἡ μνήμη! Αἰωνία ἡ μνήμη!