The Common Good

Verse And Voice

Verse of the Day: The Kingdom of God

He also said, "With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade."

- Mark 4:30-32

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Voice of the Day: Peter of Celle

When the stomach hears the voice of insistent hunger, it confuses necessity and pleasure in a deceptive tangle. It is a rare person who can erect a wall or divider to distinguish in [one's] appetite between necessity and excess.

- Peter of Celle
The School of the Cloister

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Verse of the Day: Swift To Bear Witness

I will be swift to bear witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired workers in their wages, the widow and the orphan, against those who thrust aside the alien, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.

- Malachi 3:5

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Voice of the Day: Thomas Merton

We do not detach ourselves from things in order to attach ourselves to God, but rather we become detached from ourselves in order to see and use all things in and for God.

- Thomas Merton

New Needs of Contemplation

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Verse of the Day:'honor the King of heaven'

Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are truth, and his ways are justice; and he is able to bring low those who walk in pride.

- Daniel 4:37

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Verse of the Day: Long Robes and Long Prayers

As [Jesus] taught, he said, "Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! They devour widows' houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers.

- Mark 12:38-40

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Voice of the Day: Mother Jones

Pray for the dead, and fight like hell for the living.

- Mother Jones

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Verse of the Day: "created in Christ Jesus for good works"

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God - not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

- Ephesians 2:8

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Voice of the Day: Pandita Ramabai

People must not only hear about the kingdom of God, but must see it in actual operation, on a small scale perhaps and in imperfect form, but a real demonstration nevertheless.

- Pandita Ramabai
Indian Christian and reformer (1858-1922)

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Voice of the Day: Joseph G. Donders

Jesus sowed his seed in our hearts, then off he went.... He knew things would not be ideal. There were the birds and the droughts, the weeds and the insects, the parasites and the blights. But there was also the power of the seed itself.

- Joseph G. Donders
Teacher and chaplain at the University of Nairobi, Kenya

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