The Common Good

Verse And Voice

Voice of the Day: On Community

God's love sets me free to enter into community with other people-even when the community is a very limited one and is not the total communion that my heart desires. Only when I live in communion with God can I live in a community that is not perfect. Only then can I love the other person and create a space in which we might be quite distant or very close, but we can still allow something new to be born-a child, friendship, joy, community, a space where strangers and guests can be [...]

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Verse of the Day: Profane or Unclean

and he said to them, "You yourselves know that it is unlawful for a Jew to associate with or to visit a Gentile; but God has shown me that I should not call anyone profane or unclean.

- Acts 10:28-28

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Verse of the Day: Discipleship

When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

- Matthew 28:17-20

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Voice of the Day: Solitude

Language has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone, and the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.

- Paul Tillich

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Voice of the Day: God of Circumstances

The circumstances of our lives are another medium of God's communication with us. God opens some doors and closes others.... Through the wisdom of our bodies, God tells us to slow down or reorder our priorities. The happy coincidences and frustrating impasses of daily life are laden with messages. Patient listening and the grace of the Spirit are the decoding devices of prayer. It is a good habit to ask, What is God saying to me in this situation? Listening to our lives is part of [...]

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Verse of the Day: 'pride of everyone shall be humbled'

The haughty eyes of people shall be brought low,
and the pride of everyone shall be humbled;
and the Lord alone will be exalted on that day.
For the Lord of hosts has a day
against all that is proud and lofty,
against all that is lifted up and high

- Isaiah 2:11-12

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Verse of the Day: Wisdom

Wisdom gives strength to the wise more than ten rulers that are in a city.

- Ecclesiastes 7:19-19

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Voice of the Day: On Prayer

Words of prayer are commitments. We stand for what we utter. The word of prayer is like a pledge in the making.

- Abraham Joshua Heschel

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Verse of the Day: ' do not worry about how you are to speak '

When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

- Matthew 10:19-22

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Verse of the Day: ' do not worry about how you are to speak '

When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

- Matthew 10:19-22

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