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I am a pallet

Mother Teresa once said, “Our vocation is to belong to Jesus so completely that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. What you and I must do is nothing less than putting our love for Christ into practice. The important thing is not how much we accomplish, but how much love we put into our deeds every day. That is the measure of our love for God.”

Practicing Love

Ammon Hennacy, a Catholic Worker, said, “Love without courage and wisdom is sentimentality, as with the ordinary church member. Courage without love and wisdom is foolhardiness, as with the ordinary soldier. Wisdom without love and courage is cowardice, as with the ordinary intellectual.”

Love, Courage & Wisdom

French sociologist Jacques Ellul wrote, “One thing, however, is sure: unless Christians fulfill their prophetic role, unless they become the advocates and defenders of the truly poor, witness to their misery, then, infallibly, violence will suddenly break out. In one way or other ‘their blood cries to heaven,’ and violence will seem the only way out. It will be too late to try to calm them and create harmony.”

Prophetic Witness

Twentieth-century novelist Georges Bernarnos said, “Every particle of Christ’s divine charity is today more precious for your security — for your security, I say — than all the atom bombs in all the stockpiles.”

Common Prayer, A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals p.258

National Security

Psalm 107:1  3, 8  9

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good : and his mercy endures for ever.

Let all those whom the Lord has redeemed proclaim : that he redeemed them from the hand of the foe.

He gathered them out of the lands : from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

Let them give thanks to the Lord for his mercy : and the wonders he does for his children.

For he satisfies the thirsty : and fills the hungry with good things.

Let the Redeemed Proclaim

Psalm 86:3 – 5, 11 – 13

Be merciful to me, O Lord, for you are my God : I call upon you all the day long.

Gladden the soul of your servant : for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving : and great is your love toward all who call upon you.

Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth : knit my heart to you that I may fear your name.

I will thank you, O Lord my God, with all my heart : and glorify your name for evermore.

For great is your love toward me : you have delivered me from the nethermost pit.

Psalm 86