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Posted by God's Politics Editor 29 weeks 1 day ago
We love because [God] first loved us. Those who say, ‘I love God’, and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from [God] is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.  - 1 John 4:19-21 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 29 weeks 1 day ago
God of justice, empower us by your Spirit to stand up for your goodness and truth, trusting in your sovereignty to prevail over persecution and oppression in our world today. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 29 weeks 2 days ago
"All of God's people who hear the call [of God] are commissioned by God to answer that call wherever it takes us. There are many places of injustice in our world that are waiting for the Good News of the gospel. It is not necessary to have anyone's permission for any of us to address these needs." - Mary L. Mild Mary L. Mild, from "Women at the Well" + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 29 weeks 2 days ago
"All of God's people who hear the call [of God] are commissioned by God to answer that call wherever it takes us. There are many places of injustice in our world that are waiting for the Good News of the gospel. It is not necessary to have anyone's permission for any of us to address these needs." - Mary L. Mild Mary L. Mild, from "Women at the Well" + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 29 weeks 2 days ago
As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” ’ - Mark 1:2-3 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 29 weeks 2 days ago
As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” ’ - Mark 1:2-3 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 29 weeks 2 days ago
Lord, your child Jesus taught his followers to trust in your grace above all. May we follow in the footsteps of the twelve in manifesting that trust to those around us, especially when we set out to love and serve one another in the name of your child, Jesus. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 29 weeks 2 days ago
Lord, your child Jesus taught his followers to trust in your grace above all. May we follow in the footsteps of the twelve in manifesting that trust to those around us, especially when we set out to love and serve one another in the name of your child, Jesus. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 29 weeks 3 days ago
"Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary." - Martin Luther King, Jr.  Martin Luther King, Jr. + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 29 weeks 3 days ago
Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land, saying, ‘When will the new moon be over so that we may sell grain; and the Sabbath, so that we may offer wheat for sale? We will make the ephah small and the shekel great, and practice deceit with false balances, buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, and selling the sweepings of the wheat.’ - Amos 8:4-6 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 29 weeks 3 days ago
Lord, hear our prayer. For all who are excluded, lonely, and marginalized, may we imitate Jesus Christ and make it our special mission to reach out ot those on the fringes. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 29 weeks 4 days ago
"I don't know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, ... which is what I have been doing all day. Tell me, what else should I have done? Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your own wild and precious life?" - Mary Oliver Mary Oliver, "The Summer Day" + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 29 weeks 4 days ago
When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax-collectors, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does he eat with tax-collectors and sinners?’ When Jesus heard this, he said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.’ - Mark 2:16-17 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 29 weeks 4 days ago
Lord, my thoughts turn in upon myself. Turn them upward to you and outward to your other children, that I may forget myself and lose all fear and anxiety, all self-seeking and self-consciousness, in worship of you and in love of others. O save me from myself to worship, love, and serve in perfect freedom. Amen. - Prayer by George Appleton
Posted by God's Politics Editor 30 weeks 13 hours ago
Yesterday, before Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to push through a plan to slash nearly $40 billion from the food stamp program, Jim Wallis said we would keep an eye on which way of our elected officials voted."We will be watching who votes against feeding the hungry this week and will remember to bring that to public attention when they run for re-election. We will be doing our own faith count today. Stay tuned for the results."Well here are the results. The plan passed narrowly, 217-210 — with all the yea votes coming from the Republican side. Fifteen Republicans joined with the Democrats against the plan. So, who voted for that $40 billion cut to the food stamps program, which would kick an estimated 4 million hungry people out of the program next year? Here's your list. Is your Congress member on it?
Posted by God's Politics Editor 30 weeks 15 hours ago
1. Shamed in Edina for Using Food Stamps Read this moving 'apology note' from one mom in Edina, Minn., an affluent Minneapolis suburb, to the woman behind her in line at the supermarket: "I did not observe you, but my daughter was with me packing the groceries and saw it all: 'EBT: Yeah, right,' you muttered, with that look of disgust that would have shattered someone feeling just a little bit of shame over needing food stamps."2. WATCH: The Most Beautiful, Haunting Infomercial You'll Ever See If you haven't caught the latest, "advertisement disguised as an anti-commercial animated short," check it out. With Fiona Apple on vocals covering "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka, the Chipotle ad / commentary against factory farming has drawn 4 million views on YouTube already.3. From the Mouths of Rapists: The Lyrics of Robin Thicke's 'Song of the Summer' Blurred Lines Warning: This post contains graphic descriptions of sexual assault.  Featuring images from Project Unbreakable — an online photo essay that features images of sexual assault survivors holding signs with sentences their rapists told them — The Society Pages breaks down popular, yet somewhat lyrically disturbing, song "Blurred Lines." 4. Pope Says Church is 'Obsessed' With Gays Abortion, and Birth Control Laurie Goodstein at the New York Times has the excerpts from Pope Francis' lengthy interview: “We have to find a new balance,” the pope continued, “otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.”5. How Stop-and-Frisk is Creating a Generation of Young People Who Don't Trust the Police In interviews with New Yorkers age 18-25, only 40 percent said they would feel comfortable calling the police if they needed help and only 25 percent would report someone for committing a crime, The Atlantic Cities reports. 6. INFOGRAPHIC: 16 Mass Shootings Since Newtown You Haven't Heard About The definition of "mass shooting" is a shooting event in which four or more people other than the shooter are killed. Huffington Post collected information on 16 such incidents that have occurred across the country since December's horrific Newtwon, Conn., massacre. 7. The Language of Lament Diana at A Deeper Story reads all of our minds as we grieve another difficult week for our country. "It is lament that carries us directly into the presence of God when we are feeling furthest away; it is lament that addresses our unanswerable questions honestly, even profoundly; it is lament that opens the door to worship."8. Talking Sex With a Married Catholic Priest With Pope Francis' inclusive language and prioritization of love above divisiveness, many have speculated about possible changes to the Catholic Church's stance on priestly celibacy. Christian Piatt sat down with a married Catholic priest (who joined the priesthood from the Anglican clergy) to discuss the pope, celibacy, and more. 9. The Dramatic Rise of Life Without Parole, in 3 Charts From The Atlantic Cities: "Nationally, almost half (47.2 percent) of life-sentenced inmates are African American, though the black population of lifers reaches much higher in states such as Maryland (77.4 percent), Georgia (72.0 percent), and Mississippi (71.5 percent)."10. WATCH: Rick Warren on Guns, God, and Son's Tragic Death Shining a light both on mental illness and gun sales in the U.S., Rick Warren and his wife Kay sat down with CNN's Pierce Morgan to talk about their son, who took his own life in April. "“One of the hard things was forgiving the person who sold him the gun,” Rick Warren said. “Because I didn't want to forgive him.”
Posted by God's Politics Editor 30 weeks 1 day ago
"Just as a mother would not love a child better for its being turned into a model of perfection... but does love it the more deeply every time it tries to be good, so do I hope and believe our great [God] does not wait for us to be good and wise to love us, but loves us, and loves to help us in the very thick of our struggle." - Juliana Horatia Ewing + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 30 weeks 1 day ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 30 weeks 1 day ago
And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb: ‘Great and amazing are your deeds, Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, King of the nations! Lord, who will not fear and glorify your name? For you alone are holy.  All nations will come and worship before you, for your judgements have been revealed.’ - Revelation 15:3-4 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 30 weeks 1 day ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 30 weeks 1 day ago
Look down, God of mercies, at those unhappy families suffering from war and slaughter, from hunger and illness and other severe troubles. Spare them, O Lord, for it is truly a time of mercy. Amen. -- Saint Peter Canisius
Posted by God's Politics Editor 30 weeks 1 day ago
Look down, God of mercies, at those unhappy families suffering from war and slaughter, from hunger and illness and other severe troubles. Spare them, O Lord, for it is truly a time of mercy. Amen. -- Saint Peter Canisius
Posted by God's Politics Editor 30 weeks 2 days ago
Today our prime educational objective must be to form [people]-for-others; [people] who will live not for themselves but for God and [God's] Christ — for the God-man who lived and died for all the world; [people] who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbors; [people] completely convinced that love of God which does not issue in justice for [people] is a farce. - Pedro Arrupe + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 30 weeks 2 days ago
Do not plan harm against your neighbor who lives trustingly beside you. Do not quarrel with anyone without cause, when no harm has been done to you. Do not envy the violent and do not choose any of their ways; - Proverbs 3:29-31 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 30 weeks 2 days ago
Source and goal of community, whose will it is that all your people enjoy fullness of life: may we be builders of community, caring for your good earth here and world-wide and as partners with the poor, signs of your ever friendly love; that we may delight in diversity and choose solidarity for you are in community with us our God forever. Amen. -Unknown
Posted by God's Politics Editor 30 weeks 3 days ago
"We do not, after all, simply have experience; we are entrusted with it. We must do something--make something--with it. A story, we sense is the only possible habitation for the burden of our witnessing." - Patricia Hampl  Patricia Hampl, I Could Tell You Stories + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 30 weeks 3 days ago
Beloved, do not imitate what is evil but imitate what is good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God. - 3 John 1:11 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 30 weeks 3 days ago
From wherever my children have built their shelters, may their roads come in safety. May the forests and the brush stretch out their water-filled arms and shield their hearts. May their roads come in safety, may their roads be fulfilled. Amen. -- Zuni Prayer
Posted by God's Politics Editor 30 weeks 4 days ago
"The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image." - Thomas Merton Thomas Merton + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 30 weeks 4 days ago
Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. - Genesis 1:3-5 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 30 weeks 4 days ago
 Lord God, take my hand. It's me, begging you to take my hand. Just for today. Lift me up into the light of your love, so that I may see the reflection of my face in yours. Restore me to sanity. Fill me with your grace. Amen. -- "A Prayer for the Hardest of Times"
Posted by God's Politics Editor 31 weeks 15 hours ago
 "Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it." - Helen Keller  Helen Keller + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 31 weeks 15 hours ago
All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.  - Acts 2:44-45 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 31 weeks 15 hours ago
Lord, we weep with those who weep and refuse to be consoled. May our tears mix with yours in a river of justice, flowing down like mighty waters, transforming the world that is into one that ought to be. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 31 weeks 15 hours ago
1. My Year of ModestyWhat happens when you decide to live as if appearances really don’t matter? One woman’s quest to find out.2. The First Victim of September 11A fascinating portrait of the first person killed on September 11, 2001 — whom, as it happens, was an entrepreneur trained to combat terrorism.3. Which Niebuhr, President Obama?In 2007, the President professed his love for Christian ethicist Rienhold Niebuhr. But it’s Rienhold’s younger brother, H. Richard, whose argument for self-reflective “moral inactivity” has particular implications for the President on Syria.4. Letter to the Editor, from the PopePope Francis discussed his own faith in a letter written in response to editorials by the atheist founder of an Italian newspaper. The Pope also addressed themes of God’s mercy and Christian relations with Jews.5. This Is a Complete List of Wall Street CEOs Prosecuted for Their Role in the Financial CrisisThe Washington Post's Wonkblog hitches a ride on the lists-as-blog-posts train, featuring Homer Simpson...and a twist. Read up on what’s happened to Wall Street’s CEOs in the wake of the financial crisis.6. Learning Life Lessons from an ObituaryEver wondered what people will say about you when you enter eternal life? The family of Mary Agnes Mullaney honored her memory by passing along her love of life in this obituary.7. The Ups and Downs of Fighting for Gender EqualityLaura Barton of The Guardian reflects on Harvard Business School's nurturing of female students. Bottom line: while there have been great improvements in equality, we've still got a long way to go. 8. Syria's 99 percent: The Problem with Focusing on Chemical WeaponsIf Assad agrees to forsake sarin, how can we intervene if he continues to slaughter civilians while technically playing by our rules?9. Smoking Spells High Cost Under Affordable Care ActAs the Affordable Care Act comes closer to going into effect, tobacco use is one provision that raises costs for people under the new plan. “Tobacco disproportionately targets low-income communities.”10. Obama, Seacrest, and Our War Against IndifferenceIt might not surprise you that despite wars and rumors of war, many of us are more concerned that our favorite TV shows may be interrupted by breaking news from the President. Brian Konkol argues that this indifference to indifference is one of our major spiritual challenges today.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 31 weeks 1 day ago
 "In violence we forget who we are." - Mary McCarthy  Mary McCarthy, On the Contrary + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 31 weeks 1 day ago
The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble gird on strength. Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry are fat with spoil. The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children is forlorn. - 1 Samuel 2:4-5 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 31 weeks 1 day ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 31 weeks 2 days ago
"No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger that its weakest people, and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold [that person] down, so it means you cannot soar as you might otherwise." - Marian Anderson Marian Anderson + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 31 weeks 2 days ago
 I lift my eyes to the hills — from where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. - Psalm 121:1-2 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 31 weeks 2 days ago
Give us, O God, a vision of your world as your love would make it; a world whose different people and cultures live in tolerance and mutual respect; a world where peace is built with justice, and justice is fired with love. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 31 weeks 3 days ago
On The Ground Put prayers on the ground, so many prayers that not a drop of blood can  find its way to the  earth, not a drop can leach into the soil or soul. Put your prayers on the ground. Make a place for God to walk among the horrors and  hopes. There  you will  find us standing in his wake,  knee deep in invocations   and possibilities. - Belle Fox-Matin Belle Fox-Martin + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 31 weeks 3 days ago
As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the LORD is tested; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. For who is God, besides the LORD? And who is a rock, besides our God? - 2 Samuel 22:31-32 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 31 weeks 3 days ago
God, grant us the faith to turn to you in prayer, and to seek your presence in our lives. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 31 weeks 4 days ago
A man is truly ethical only when he obeys the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist, and shrinks from injuring anything that lives. - Albert Schweitzer Albert Schweitzer + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 31 weeks 4 days ago
Do not be a terror to me; You are my refuge in the day of disaster. - Jeremiah 17:17 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 31 weeks 4 days ago
Dear God, we lift up our elected officials. During this time of difficult and serious decision making, we pray that you put a spirit of civility and reconciliation into the hearts of those called to lead our country. Give them discernment, humility, empathy, and willingness to put the common good above politics. Amen.  
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 15 hours ago
The most eloquent prayer is the prayer through hands that heal and bless. - Billy Graham Billy Graham + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 15 hours ago
Consider the blameless, observe the upright; there is a future for the man of peace. - Psalm 37:37 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 15 hours ago
God of peace, be a light to all people, especially those suffering in the pain and darkness of war. Soften the hearts of those who harm others, give perseverance to those in conflict, and grant wisdom and compassion to all in positions of leadership worldwide. Amen.