Carpe Diem

“Carpe Diem” is one of my favorite sayings. The translation from Latin is said to mean “seize the day”. I read today that carpe in Latin literally means “to pick, pluck, pluck off, cull, crop, gather” but that doesn’t sound as appropriate as seize so I guess we just changed the translation as needed. Oh my, what a can of worms that could be. Imagine if whenever you needed to translate something YOU just picked (Carped) any word you wanted. Maybe this is really why a new translation of the Roman Missal was needed.

The saying “Carpe Diem” was made popular by Robin Williams character, John Keating in the movie Dead Poets Society. He says, “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” The saying is also a song the rock band Green Day. Unfortunately some have taken the meaning of this statement to do whatever they want each day. As if nothing matters and who knows how long we have on this earth. That scares me a little. Shouldn’t our last days on earth (however soon that may be) be of seizing the day to provide and receive love every minute possible. At least that’s how I’d like to imagine it.

Each day is a gift and we should always be aware that we do not know the day nor the hour that our Lord will call us home or that He will return with judgement.

So “Carpe Diem” and do that best that you can to live as God wants us too.