The Common Good

Verse And Voice

Voice of the Day: Hildegard of Bingen

Greed says: "I snatch all things to myself. I hug all things to my breast; the more I have gathered the more I have.... When I have whatever I need, I have no worries about needing anything from someone else." Simple sufficiency replies: "You are harsh and devoid of mercy because you do not care for the advancement of others. Nothing is sufficient to satisfy you. I, however, sit above the stars, for all of God's good things are sufficient for me.... Why should I desire more than I [...]

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Tina Beattie on The New Atheists, Part 2: Faith and Reason Are Not Enemies (interview by Becky Garrison)

The New Atheists: The Twilight of Reason and the War on ReligionFollowing is a continuation of Becky Garrison's e-mail exchange with Tina Beattie, author of

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Verse of the Day: "You are not far from the kingdom of God"

Then the scribe said to [Jesus], "You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that 'he is one, and besides him there is no other'; and 'to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,' and 'to love one's neighbor as oneself,'--this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices." When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God."

- Mark 12:30-32

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Voice of the Day: Esther de Waal

If I accept myself as ordinary, weak, frail, in other words, totally human and totally dependent on God, then I am stripped of any sense of being in some way set apart, different, superior. It is then that the genuine, real self may begin to emerge.

- Esther de Waal
A Life-Giving Way

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Tina Beattie on The New Atheists (interview by Becky Garrison)

The New Atheists: The Twilight of Reason and the War on ReligionBecky Garrison recently e-mailed Tina Beattie, author of

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Voice of the Day: Bernard of Clairvaux

The virtue of discretion lies dormant without the fervor of charity; and intense fervor runs wild without the guidance of discretion.

- Bernard of Clairvaux
On the Song of Songs

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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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