Back and stronger

When I was small, there was a grapevine that grew in our garden. So whenever I remember my childhood and the hours I spent playing alone at our old house, that vine usually serves as a backdrop to the memories.

During one of our religion classes in law school, we discussed this Latin phrase that was mentioned in an interview by the new pope at that time, Pope Benedict XVI. The literal translation is: "Having been cut down, it grows back stronger."

This phrase is on the coat of arms of the Benedictine monastery of Monte Cassino. It was founded by St. Benedict circa 529 A.D. The abbey has been destroyed and rebuilt a few times. 

Those who are familiar with viticulture tell us that regular cutting of the vine helps produce an abundant grape harvest. 

My birthday ink sums up my life story. Succisa virescit.

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