IF I PRAY with the intent to listen as well as talk, I can enter into a … stage, that of meditation and reflection. Okay, my life savings has virtually disappeared. What can I learn from this seeming catastrophe?

OUR LIVES and our worlds are finite, never fully filled, never fully empty, so we always have opportunities for gratitude for the half full or ingratitude, resentment, and bitterness at the half empty and envy of those whose glass is fuller.

THE GREAT and the humble have the same misfortunes, the same griefs, the same passions; but the one is at the top of the wheel, and the other near the center, and so less disturbed by the same revolutions.

AFFLICTION is both a medicine if we sin, and a preservative that we sin not.

IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY with your life, you can change it in two ways: either improve the conditions in which you live, or improve your inner spiritual state. The first is not always possible, but the second is.

WE MOSTLY SPEND [our] lives conjugating three verbs: to Want, to Have, and to Do … forgetting that none of these verbs have any ultimate significance, except so far as they are transcended by and included in the fundamental verb, to Be.

THE WELFARE of the few gained at the expense of the many cannot be ethical. … [T]he primitive vision of the Christian Church in the New Testament … is: "The gift that is given to me is given to be given." It's not given to be hoarded. It's given so that surveying the environment I'm in, I find where that gift is needed. And I give it.

THERE IS no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.

WHEN TIMES ARE GOOD, and jobs outnumber workers, it's easy ...

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