“The way to God lies through love of people. At the Last Judgment I shall not be asked whether I was successful in my ascetic exercises, nor how many bows and prostrations I made. Instead I shall be asked did I feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick and the prisoners.”Mother Maria Skobtsova
“True humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.”
The Patriarch Abraham, who today brings us together in unity, was a prophet of the Most High. An ancient prophecy says that the peoples “shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks.”
This prophecy has not been fulfilled; on the contrary, swords and spears have turned into missiles and bombs. From where, then, can the journey of peace begin? From the decision not to have enemies.
Pope Francis, with religious leaders in Iraq
Anyone with the courage to look at the stars, anyone who believes in God, has no enemies to fight. He or she has only one enemy to face, an enemy that stands at the door of the heart and knocks to enter. That enemy is hatred.
Richard Rohr, OFM
Looking for something to give up this Lent? Disappointment, resentment, frustration, and anger must all be given over to Christ or they will consume us–and our world.
Solidarity is not the sharing of crumbs from the table, but to make space at the table for everyone.
Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.