blessed be the people of this family,
benedictus populus huius familiae,
may fortune smile upon them,
fortuna super eos sub subrideat,
may they have the light to shine in darkness,
lucem in tenebris lucere habeant,
may they have the power to banish evil,
virtutem malum depellere habeant,
amorem, facetiam, voluntatem
I first studied Latin in high school. Later, I entered a religious order
and continued to study Latin there. Back then it was required.
Many of our prayers and services were conducted in Latin as well.
Years afterward -- long after the order and I had parted company --
I saw a request online for a Latin translation, brushed the cobwebs off
my memory, and answered it. I've been doing that here ever since.