The Common Good

Verse And Voice

Verse of the Day: 'Vanity of vanities'

Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher,
vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
What do people gain from all the toil
at which they toil under the sun?
A generation goes, and a generation comes,
but the earth remains forever.

- Ecclesiastes 1:2-4

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Voice of the Day: Nouwen on Ministry

Too often I looked at being relevant, popular, and powerful as ingredients of an effective ministry. The truth, however, is that these are not vocations but temptations. Jesus asks, "Do you love me?" Jesus sends us out to be shephers, and Jesus promises a life in which we increasingly have to stretch out our hands and be led to places where we would rather not go. He asks us to move from a concern for relevance to a life of prayer, from worries about popularity to communal and mutual ministry, [...]

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Voice of the Day: Lamott on Forgiving

"Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die."

- Anne Lamott
Traveling Mercies

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Verse of the Day: 'your Father knows what you need before you ask.'

When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask.

Matthew 6:7-8

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Voice of the Day: 'Turn my soul into a garden, where the flowers dance'

Teach me, Lord, to sing of your mercies. Turn my soul into a garden, where the flowers dance in the gentle breeze, praising you with their beauty. Let my soul be filled with beautiful virutes; let me be inspired by your Holy Spirit; let me praise you always.

Teresa of Avila
Complete Works

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Verse of the Day: 'The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked'

How the oppressor has ceased!
How his insolence has ceased!
The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked,
the scepter of rulers,
that struck down the peoples in wrath
with unceasing blows,
that ruled the nations in anger
with unrelenting persecution.
The whole earth is at rest and quiet;
they break forth into singing.

Isaiah 14:4-7

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Verse of the Day: 'a bribe corrupts the heart'

Surely oppression makes the wise foolish, and a bribe corrupts the heart.

Ecclesiastes 7:7

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Voice of the Day: On Forgiving

The test of forgiving lies with healing the lingering pain of the past, not with forgetting that the past ever happened.

Lewis B. Smedes
Forgive and Forget

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Voice of the Day: On Community

Too many people come into community to find something, to belong to a dynamic group, to find a life which approaches the ideal. If we come into community without knowing that the reason we come is to discover the mystery of forgiveness, we will soon be disappointed.

Jean Vanier
Community and Growth

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Verse of the Day: 'Your princes are rebels'

Your princes are rebels
and companions of thieves.
Everyone loves a bribe
and runs after gifts.
They do not defend the orphan,
and the widow's cause does not come before them

Isaiah 1:23
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