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Peace in Your Soul

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“You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars. In the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.”

― Max Ehrmann

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To Know We Matter

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“Troubled people are not in search of the information we may be able to give them. They are not in search of scripture verses we can cram down their throats. You know what people are desperate to know when they seek help from another person? We want to know that we matter to God and to the people who are by our side.”

– Jeff Blake, The Seven Last Words of Christ

Dangerous Cries

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“Who are those who are different? They are the people who suffer poverty, brokenness, disabilities, or loneliness. They cry out to us for help, these millions named Lazarus. Often, they are in discomfort while others live in comfort. Their cries become dangerous for those of us who live in comfort. If we listen to their cries and open up our hearts, it will cost us something. So we pretend not to hear the cry and so exclude them.”

~ Jean Vanier, Becoming Human

Power Is Borrowed

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“If history teaches us nothing else, it is that power is borrowed. At best, power is something granted not something taken. That means, in Western democracies at any rate, that those who have power need the gifts of discernment and judgement, because if we recognize the temporary nature of power, then equally, we need to recognize what in the activity of dissent is valuable.

The principle at issue is the temporary nature of power, and the necessity of service and humility, the necessity of seeing what truth is being cried out in an act of protest.”

~ Jean Vanier, Becoming Human