The Common Good

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Posted by Administrator 6 years 11 weeks ago
The only dream worth having ... is to dream that you will live while you're alive and die only when you're dead ... To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or to complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 11 weeks ago
He shall judge between many peoples,and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away;they shall beat their swords into plowshares,and their spears into pruning [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 11 weeks ago
Asa cried to the Lord his God, "O Lord, there is no difference for you between helping the mighty and the weak. Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this multitude. O Lord, you are our God; let no mortal prevail against you." - 2 Chronicles 14:11 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 11 weeks ago
Justice is what love looks like in public. - Cornel WestFrom Call and Response, a documentary on global slavery. + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 11 weeks ago
You have turned my mourning into dancing;you have taken off my sackclothand clothed me with joy,so that my soul may praise you and not be silent.O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever. - Psalm 30:11-12 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 11 weeks ago
Sometimes put yourself very simply before God, certain of his presence everywhere, and without any effort, whisper very softly to his sacred heart whatever your own heart prompts you to say. - St. Jeanne de Chantalco-founder of the Order of the Visitation (1572-1641) + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 11 weeks ago
They do not know how to do right, says the Lord,those who store up violence and robbery in their strongholds. - Amos 3:10 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 11 weeks ago
Selfishness ... feeds an insatiable hunger that first eats up everything belonging to others and then causes a creature to devour itself. - Dom Helder CamaraBrazilian archbishop + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 12 weeks ago
I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female slaves, in those days, I will pour out my spirit. - Joel 2:28-29 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 12 weeks ago
Respect for the people's word need not mean approval for whatever they say. Any criticism becomes constructive when based on a fundamental attitude of respect and listening. - Clodovis Boff Catholic theologian in Brazil + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 12 weeks ago
Consider how many are my foes, and with what violent hatred they hate me. O guard my life, and deliver me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. - Psalm 25:19-20 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 12 weeks ago
The church ... cannot be content to play the part of a nurse looking after the casualties of the system. It must play an active part both in challenging the present unjust structures and in pioneering alternatives. - Donald Dorr Catholic missionary priest + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 12 weeks ago
In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to me, "Flee like a bird to the mountains; for look, the wicked bend the bow, they have fitted their arrow to the string, to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart. If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" - Psalm 11:1-3 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 12 weeks ago
We are always justified and we are always sinners. We depend not on our goodness, but on the gracious mercy of God. - Desmond Tutu + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 12 weeks ago
Rise up, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand; do not forget the oppressed. Why do the wicked renounce God, and say in their hearts, "You will not call us to account"? But you do see! Indeed you note trouble and grief, that you may take it into your hands; the helpless commit themselves to you; you have been the helper of the orphan. - Psalm 10:12-14 + Sign up to [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 12 weeks ago
If we want to go deeper, however, desiring that as God's people we will grow together toward maturity, we must care enough to confront. - Isabelo Magalit Filipina theologian + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 13 weeks ago
O let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous, you who test the minds and hearts, O righteous God. God is my shield, who saves the upright in heart. God is a righteous judge, and a God who has indignation every day. - Psalm 7:9-11 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 13 weeks ago
The Christian can realize union with God not only through interior prayer, but also in action. - Ramon BautistaCatholic priest in the Philippines + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 13 weeks ago
I am overwhelmed at the historic nature of what's happening this week, and it's important that we all think about this. It's important for me as a Mississippian. For me, I can't stop thinking of the Mississippi Freedom Democrats and Fannie Lou Hamer. I wish Hamer could be here. In 1964 the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) arrived at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City with the goal of unseating the "regular Democrats" and representing their fellow Democrats [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 13 weeks ago
Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. - Ephesians 5:15 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 13 weeks ago
Far from directing understanding inwards on themselves, the experience of the Spirit launches men and women out into the world as though imbued with superhuman energy. - Jose Comblin Catholic theologian in Brazil + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 13 weeks ago
Excerpt from Bishop Charles Blake’s remarks at the Interfaith Forum, Sunday, August 24, 2008, Denver, Colorado: “Our children have sacred value, and every child is equally valuable. May I observe, as a Pro-Life Democrat, that some of us have philosophic, humanitarian and theological differences with those who put forth abortion as an appropriate, routine and acceptable birth control procedure. There are millions of us [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 13 weeks ago
From that time Jesus began to proclaim, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near." - Matthew 4:17 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 13 weeks ago
Jesus calls to himself those who are overburdened and offers them rest, but he does not blunt the cutting edge of his demands. - Thaddee Matura Franciscan scholar and theologian + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 13 weeks ago
There can be no evangelization without incarnation. - Alvaro Barreiro Brazilian Catholic theologian + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 13 weeks ago
Depart from me, all you workers of evil, for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping. The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord accepts my prayer. - Psalm 6:8-9 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 14 weeks ago
[...continued from part 1] The meaning of evangelism is the proclamation of good news to the world. How can we continue to exclude and avoid those with whom we are not comfortable and live into our evangelical calling at the same time? If we do not shed this primitive tendency, and yet heed the call to be evangelical, do we not risk exporting our ecclesial tribalism far and wide? How can [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 14 weeks ago
Instead of being so eager to reform others, let us first make a serious effort to bring about out own revival. - Dom Helder Camara Brazilian archbishop + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 14 weeks ago
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. - Proverbs 3:27-27 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 14 weeks ago
I am grateful for CNN's special report, "Black in America," as well as the subsequent article on church segregation on this 40th year after Dr. King's assassination. The article describes the "racial fatigue" that Christians of all colors seem to experience in these days of ever-increasing diversity. It sounds to me like the dynamics of a [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 14 weeks ago
I am black and beautiful, O daughters of Jerusalem, like the tents of Kedar, like the curtains of Solomon. Do not gaze at me because I am dark, because the sun has gazed on me. - Song of Solomon 1:5-6 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 14 weeks ago
In gratitude we give to others. But in giving we express our gratefulness to the God who gave and keeps on giving. - Evelyn Miranda-FelicianoFilipina Writer + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 14 weeks ago
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.- Matthew 13:45-45 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 14 weeks ago
We can move in the direction of justice, but if our personal relationships don't become more human, we haven't moved in the direction of the reign of God and, in the long run, we will discover that our point of arrival is just another form of tyranny.- Arturo Paoli + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 14 weeks ago
Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold; for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her. - Proverbs 8:10-11 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 14 weeks ago
When you are disturbed, do not sin;ponder it on your beds, and be silent.- Psalm 4:4-4 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 14 weeks ago
"Conversion pulls us out of our hiding places and takes us, "where we would rather not go" in following Christ." -Segundo GalileaPastoral worker in Santiago, Chile + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by Administrator 6 years 15 weeks ago
When Gentiles, who do not possess the law, do instinctively what the law requires, these, though not having the law, are a law to themselves. They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts, to which their own conscience also bears witness; and their conflicting thoughts will accuse or perhaps excuse them on the day when, according to my gospel, God, through Jesus Christ, will judge the secret thoughts of all. - Romans 2:14-16
Posted by Administrator 6 years 15 weeks ago
When Gentiles, who do not possess the law, do instinctively what the law requires, these, though not having the law, are a law to themselves. They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts, to which their own conscience also bears witness; and their conflicting thoughts will accuse or perhaps excuse them on the day when, according to my gospel, God, through Jesus Christ, will judge the secret thoughts of all. - Romans 2:14-16
Posted by Administrator 6 years 15 weeks ago
In the Bible, we discover the prophets and Jesus struggling against the same idols that dominate many of our churches. - Jorge Pixley Biblical scholar at Baptist Seminary, Nicaragua + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 15 weeks ago
Virginia Mitchell and Charlton Breen of the Michigan Darfur Coalition (MDC) recently sat down for an interview with Dominic Maurice. Maurice is a former "Lost Boy" refugee from Sudan who has become a U.S. citizen and resides in Michigan. Last week, Maurice's friend, Lopez Lomong, was selected by Team USA to carry the American flag at the Olympic parade of nations in [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 15 weeks ago
God sets out upon the humiliating path of reconciliation and thereby pronounces the world free. God wills to be guilty of our sin, and takes over the punishment and suffering sin has brought upon us. God answers for godlessness, love for hatred, the saint for the sinner. Now there is no godlessness, no hatred, no sin which God has not carried, suffered, and atoned. Now there is no reality, no world that is not reconciled and in peace with God. God did this in the beloved son Jesus Christ.
Posted by Administrator 6 years 15 weeks ago
Why do the nations conspire,and the peoples plot in vain?The kings of the earth set themselves,and the rulers take counsel together,against the Lord and his anointed, saying,Let us burst their bonds asunder,and cast their cords from us. - Psalm 2:1-3 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 15 weeks ago
For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." - Romans 10:12-13 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 15 weeks ago
Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hate. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness. - Corrie ten Boom + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 15 weeks ago
We should not server the poor like they were Jesus. We should serve the poor because they are Jesus. - Mother Teresa In My Own Words + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 15 weeks ago
For whoever was called in the Lord as a slave is a freed person belonging to the Lord, just as whoever was free when called is a slave of Christ. You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of human masters. - 1 Corinthians 7:22-23 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 15 weeks ago
You yourselves recently repented and did what was right in my sight by proclaiming liberty to one another, and you made a covenant before me in the house that is called by my name; but then you turned around and profaned my name when each of you took back your male and female slaves, whom you had set free according to their desire, and you brought them again into subjection to be your slaves. Therefore, thus says the Lord: You have not obeyed me by granting a release to your neighbors and [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 15 weeks ago
Christianity ... is always in need of re-simplifying, going back to its origins, ridding itself of the excessive superstructure it has acquired through history. - José Comblin, Catholic theologian in [...]
Posted by Administrator 6 years 16 weeks ago
My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not tempted. - Galatians 6:1 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via [...]