Dominus illuminatio mea
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Dominus illuminatio mea is the motto of the University of Oxford and the incipit (opening words) of Psalm 27, meaning The Lord is my light. It has been in use at least since the second half of the sixteenth century, and it appears on the University's arms.
An article by Ivan Illich may help to explain this ancient university motto, at a time when scientists were progressively replacing the concept of vision as a gaze radiating from the pupil by the concept of vision as the retinal perception of an image formed by reflected sunlight:
"To interpret De oculo morali, the relationship of things to God "who is light" must be understood. This is the century [i.e., the thirteenth century] suffused by the idea that the world rests in God's hands, that it is contingent on Him. This means that at every instant everything derives its existence from his continued creative act. Things radiate by virtue of their constant dependence on this creative act. They are alight by the God-derived luminescence of their truth."
Additionally, it is the motto of Cair Paravel-Latin School, a private college-preparatory school in Topeka, Kansas, and Nazareth Academy in Rochester, New York. It is also used by St Leo's College, University of Queensland and by Drew University in Madison, NJ.
It is also found in the coat of arms of Montessori Professional College, Quezon City.
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