I believe in the sun even when it is not shining. I believe in love even when feeling it not. I believe in God even when he is silent.
This hour in history needs a dedicated circle of transformed nonconformists. The saving of our world from pending doom will come not from the action of a conforming majority but from the creative maladjustment of a dedicated minority.
Our desire for justice for ourselves and for others often complicates the issues, builds up factions and quarrels. Worldly justice and unworldly justice are quite different things. The supernatural approach, when understood, is to turn the other cheek, to give up what one has, willingly, gladly, with no spirit of martyrdom, to rejoice in being the least, to being unrecognized, the slightest.
We would rather err on the side of helping hurting people than on the side of hurting helpless people.
Wealth, power, and prestige, when sought for their own sake and as the main purpose in life, are finally empty. At best, they are consolation prizes for those who have lost the main thing. It is good news to come to know that life really is more than this. Thus, even the gospel as judgment is first the gospel as good news.
The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.
It's hard to be prophetic when nobody's listening.
Better to be among the victims than the killers.
The future is here, now, and the past is full of actual deeds, real history. Utopias hardly have the meat on their bones to sustain a people in grave times.
The great advantage about telling the truth is that nobody ever believes it.
Authentic values are those by which a life can be lived, which can form a people that produces great deeds and thoughts.
The one thing that doesn't abide ...
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