We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the miraculous enterprise that is God's work... We cannot do everything, and there is liberation in realizing that. It enables us to do something small and try to do that well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for God's grace to enter and do the rest.
I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.
One of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they seem to sense, once hate is gone, that they will be forced to deal with pain.
All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Don't wait for the last judgment. It takes place every day.
Each person must live their life as a model for others.
The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference. There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. Peace is our gift to each other.
Make your life justify the miracle of your existence
The greatest weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed."
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."
The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty.
The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.
If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.
Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, these ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
There is nothing in that parable [of Lazarus and the rich man] that said [the rich man] went to hell because he was rich¸ [He] went to hell because he passed by Lazarus every day and he never really saw him. He went to hell because he allowed his brother to become invisible¸ [He] went to hell because he sought to be a conscientious objector in the war against poverty.ö
"The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems" ½
Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injusticesö
"A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes."
You cannot do a kindness too soon, because you never know how soon will be too late.ö -
Ralph W. Emerson
The time when you need to do something is when no one else is willing to do it, when people are saying it can't be done
"Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know"
The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
When we claim our own poverty and connect our poverty with the poverty of our brothers and sisters, we become the Church of the poor, which is the Church of Jesus. Solidarity is essential for the Church of the poor . Both pain and joy must be shared. As one body we will experience deeply one another's agonies as well as one another's ecstasies. As Paul says: "If one part is hurt, all the parts share its pain. And if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy"
(1 Corinthians 12:26).
Often we might prefer not to be part of the body because it makes us feel the pain of others so intensely. Every time we love others deeply we feel their pain deeply. However, joy is hidden in the pain. When we share the pain we also will share the joy.
Those who are marginal in the world are central in the Church, and that is how it is supposed to be! Thus we are called as members of the Church to keep going to the margins of our society. The homeless, the starving, parentless children, people with AIDS, our emotionally disturbed brothers and sisters - they require our first attention.
We can trust that when we reach out with all our energy to the margins of our society we will discover that petty disagreements, fruitless debates, and paralysing rivalries will recede and gradually vanish. The Church will always be renewed when our attention shifts from ourselves to those who need our care. The blessing of Jesus always comes to us through the poor. The most remarkable experience of those who work with the poor is that, in the end, the poor give more than they receive. They give food to us.
Between the great things that we cannot do and the small things that we don't do, the danger is that we shall do nothing