The Common Good

Verse And Voice

Verse of the Day: Hypocrites!

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of filth. So you also on the outside look righteous to others, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

- Matthew 23:27-28

+ Sign up to receive our social justice [...]

+Continue Reading

Voice of the Day: Secularization and Modern Society

Because of the secularization of modern society, "fasting" (if it is done at all) is usually motivated either by vanity or by the desire for power. That is not to say that those forms of "fasting" are wrong necessarily, but their objective is different from the fasting described in Scripture. Biblical fasting always centers on spiritual purposes.

Richard Foster
Celebration of Discipline

+Continue Reading

Voice of the Day: Responsibility for War

The responsibility for war rests not only with those who directly
cause war, but also with those who do not do everything in their
power to prevent it.

- Pope John Paul II
Catholic Relief Services: the Beginning Years by Eileen Egan (NY: Catholic Relief Services, 1988), pp. 155-156

+ Sign up to receive our quote of the day via [...]

+Continue Reading

Verse of the Day: 'you have increased its joy'

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness--
on them light has shined.
You have multiplied the nation,
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as people exult when dividing plunder.
For the yoke of their burden,
and the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.
For all the boots of the tramping warriors
and all the garments rolled in [...]

+Continue Reading

Voice of the Day: Being a Friend

Jesus had a remarkable way of being a friend to every person he met. We sense in him the ability to welcome the stranger, to find the hidden gift in those others called sinners, to strengthen the ability of the loving to love more. He loved some by confronting them with the ways in which they were unloving and exploitative of others. He challenged the hypocritical in those who made it their right to judge others with constant reminders that we not only must not but cannot judge another. He [...]

+Continue Reading

Verse of the Day: 'Whenever you pray'

And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

- Matthew 6:5-6

+Continue Reading

Voice of the Day: Heart to Heart

Who has not, at some time, been lonely in the midst of a social event? The feeling of our separation from the rest of life is most acute when we are surrounded by it in noise and talk. We realize then much more than in moments of solitude how strange we are t oeach other, how estrangede life is from life.... The walls of distance, in time and space, have been removed by technical progress; but the walls of estrangement between heart and heart have been incredibly strengthened

- Paul [...]

+Continue Reading

Verse of the Day: Wisdom

Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to the skillful; but time and chance happen to them all. For no one can anticipate the time of disaster. Like fish taken in a cruel net, and like birds caught in a snare, so mortals are snared at a time of calamity, when it suddenly falls upon them.

- Ecclesiastes 9:11-12

+Continue Reading

Voice of the Day: On Dance

The dance is a symbol of the universal order and can be compared with the dance of the stars. For prayer is a spiritual dance.... God leads the ring dance of the heavenly bodies. God leads inside the ring.

- Raffaello delle Colombe [...]

+Continue Reading

Verse of the Day: Study War No More

Many peoples shall come and say,
"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob;
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths."
For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations,
and shall arbitrate for many peoples;
they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war [...]

+Continue Reading