The Common Good

Verse And Voice

Verse of the Day: 'For the righteous will never be moved'

It is well with those who deal generously and lend,
who conduct their affairs with justice.
For the righteous will never be moved;
they will be remembered forever.
They are not afraid of evil tidings;
their hearts are firm, secure in the Lord.

- Psalm 112:5-7

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Voice of the Day: Henri J.M. Nouwen

It is sad to see that, in our highly competitive and greedy world, we have lost touch with the joy of giving. We often live as if our happiness depended on having. But I don't know anyone who is really happy because of what he or she has. True joy, happiness and inner peace come from the giving of ourselves to others. A happy life is a life for others.

- Henri J.M. Nouwen
Life of the Beloved [...]

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Voice of the Day: Love

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

- 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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Verse of the Day: 'If God is for us'

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else?

- Romans 8:31-32

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Voice of the Day: Robert F. Morneau

Our passionate concern for the masses must find incarnate experience in helping our neighbors, and we need not have to ask who they are.

- Robert F. Morneau
Ashes to Easter

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Voice of the Day: Eugene Kennedy

The thing about life that so many persons do not suspect is that it gives us something only if we are always giving something of ourselves first.

- Eugene Kennedy
Free To Be Human

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Verse of the Day: Children of God

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, "Abba! Father!" it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ--if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

- Romans 8:14-17

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Voice of the Day: Henri J.M. Nouwen

Our faithfulness will depend on our willingness to go where there is brokenness, loneliness, and human need. If the church has a future it is a future with the poor in whatever form.

- Henri J.M. Nouwen
Sabbatical Journey

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Verse of the Day: 'Do not put your trust in princes'

Do not put your trust in princes,
in mortals, in whom there is no help.
When their breath departs, they return to the earth;
on that very day their plans perish.

- Psalm 146:3-4

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Voice of the Day: Frederick Buechner

Of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back--in many ways it is a feast fit for a king. The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you.

- Frederick Buechner
Wishful [...]

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