Weekly Reflection

  • We must strengthen our capacity to create community … the steady companionship of two or three kindred spirits can kindle the courage we need to speak and act as citizens. (Parker Palmer)

  • The great thing about civility is that it does not require you to agree with or approve of anything. You don’t even have to love your neighbor to be civil. You just have to treat your neighbor the same way you would like your neighbor to treat your grandmother, or your child. (Barbara Brown Taylor)

  • The heart is first and foremost an organ of spiritual perception. It’s primary function is to look beyond the obvious. Inside this sacred space you can love and critique America at the same time. (Cynthia Bourgeault)

     

  • The human heart is the first home of democracy. It is where we embrace our questions. Can we be equitable? Can we be generous? Can we listen with our whole beings, not just our minds, and offer our attention rather than our opinions? (Terry Tempest Williams)

  • May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.  (A Franciscan Benediction)

  • God has told you what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?  (Micah 6:8)

  • Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong. (Eleanor Roosevelt)

  • Do not let people pull you into their storm.  Pull them into your peace.  (Unknown)

  • There are people in every time and every land that want to stop history in its tracks.  They fear the future, mistrust the present and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed.  (Robert F. Kennedy)

  • Think of the impact one positive thought can have.  Now multiply that by a million and watch the world around us change.  (Hillary Weeks)

     

We are called by God and sent by the Church to reproduce in ourselves:
Christ healing... Christ consoling... Christ always aware of the needs of others.