Am re-reading Thoreau's Walden these days. The edition I have is small and compact, just like his philosophy. I came upon this passage:
"The Mexicans also practiced a similar purification at the end of every fifty-two years, in the belief that it was time for the world to come to an end. I have scarcely heard of a truer sacrament, that is, as the dictionary defines it, 'outward and visible signs of an inward and spiritual grace'..."
Today I am 53 years of age. And I am thankful.