For here on either side of the wall are God’s children and no man-made barrier can obliterate that fact. Whether it be East or West, men and women search for meaning, hope for fulfillment, yearn for faith in something beyond themselves, and cry desperately for love and community to support them in this pilgrim journey.
― Martin Luther King, Jr. (from remarks made while visiting the Berlin Wall in 1964)
Harnessing The Power Of Love
Sooner or later, then, the world will brush aside our incredulity and take this step: because whatever is the more true comes out into the open, and whatever is better is ultimately realized. The day will come when, after harnessing the ether, the winds, the tides, gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And, on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.
― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin from Towards The Future
A Love Story
Love of self, love of other: two strands in the love braid. I have braided these strands together in all sorts of relationships, in varying degrees of grace and ineptitude. I’ve messed up in both directions: being self-centered, being a martyr; not knowing my own worth, not valuing the essential worth of the other. To love well is to get the balance right. It’s the work of a lifetime.
― Elizabeth Lesser from Marrow
Good Done Anywhere Is Good Everywhere
I’m convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they’re stones that don’t matter. As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to do some good.
― Maya Angelou from The Very Best of Maya Angelou: The Voice of Inspiration
Hassan Mohamud – A refugee’s story (World Economic Forum 2019)
Reframing Love Of One’s Country
What extraordinary changes and advances I have witnessed in my lifetime! What amazing progress – in science, industry, the exploration of space! and yet hunger, racial oppression and tyranny still torment the world. We continue to act like barbarians. Like savages, we fear our neighbors on this earth – we arm against them, and they arm against us. I deplore to have had to live at a time when man’s law is to kill.
When shall we become accustomed to the fact that we are human beings? The love of one’s country is a natural thing. But why should love stop at the border? Our family is one – each of us has a duty to his brothers. We are all leaves of a tree, and the tree is humanity.
— Pablo Casals from Joys and Sorrows
The North Korean women who had to escape twice – BBC News
Being The Signs of Love
We, as followers of Jesus, are sent into this world to be visible signs of God’s unconditional love. Thus we are not first of all judged by what we say but by what we live. When people say of us: “See how they love one another,” they catch a glimpse of the Kingdom of God that Jesus announced and are drawn to it as by a magnet. In a world so torn apart by rivalry, anger, and hatred, we have the privileged vocation to be living signs of a love that can bridge all divisions and heal all wounds.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
— Matt. 22: 37-38
— Henri Nouwen from Bread For The Journey
- Love Is The Measure
- My Calling Is To Love
- I Just Want To Do Love Right
- Widening Our Circle Of Compassion
- I Have Decided To Love
- Love Them Anyway
- The Redemptive Power of Love
- Blessing For The Brokenhearted