He also advised moving "peacefully" [remansadamente--he coins a a new Spanish adverb], a term which he took from an Argentine literary classic.
"In 'Don Segundo Sombra' there is something very beautiful, about someone who retraces his life. He says that in youth he was a rocky stream that swept everything before it; that as an adult he was a river moving forward and that in old age he felt himself in movement but a movement slowly pacified (lentamente remansado). I would use this image of the poet and novelist Ricardo Güiraldes, this last adjective, "remansado." The capacity of moving with kindness and humility, the calming down/the pacifying (remanso) of life," he affirmed.
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Notice how the process of translating from Spanish to English leads me to use the English ¨pacifying¨ with the subtle connotation of ¨being filled with peace.¨ In English, we tend to think of ¨pacifying¨ as the act of controlling another. In grammar, we call this a transitive meaning of ¨pacifying.¨ But in this papal context, ¨pacifying¨ has the more benign connotation of healing rather than of subjugating, with a focus on the effects. We might call this a connotation of the ¨middle voice¨ emphasizing the effects on the one being pacified without the intervention of another individual (e.g., "I am pacified"). We might say: "I have matured."
In Spanish, the adjective "remansado" comes from the verb "remansar," which according to the Royal Spanish Academy's dictionary means "to become calm or quiet." The noun form "remanso" refers to the effect of being calmed down, but with some other interesting meanings: "the place or situation in which one enjoys something." Here, we are on to something--to be pacified is to be sufficiently slowed down to enjoy something, to enjoy life. to stop, to see, to delight in the other. The Latin root (remansum from remanere) helps us here: to remain or linger (related to the Latin "commoror").
One of the keys to happiness is to learn to linger before others with kindness and humility. That experience should not be delayed until we reach our senior years. By then, we will have bypassed too many things.
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