The Common Good

Verse And Voice

Verse of the Day: Judging the poor with equity

If a king judges the poor with equity, his throne will be established forever.

Proverbs 29:14-14

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Voice of the Day: 'Being a Christian means refusing all the injustices'

As Christians, we have understood that being a Christian means refusing to accept all the injustices which are committed against our people, refusing to accept the discrimination committed against a humble people who barely know what eating meat is but who are treated worse than horses.

- Rigoberta Menchu

I, Rigoberta: An Indian Woman in Guatemala

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Voice of the Day: 'Holy, holy, holy is the house of God'

Every time you pick up a piece of trash along the road, say to yourself, "Holy, holy, holy is the house of God."

Edward Hays
Quoted in How Shall We Live by Joan Chittister, OSB.

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Verse of the Day: 'Do not let your hearts be troubled'

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.

- John 14:27-27

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Verse of the Day: 'Woe to you'

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others.

- Matthew 23:23-23

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Voice of the Day: Thomas Merton

One is not absolutely alone, one cannot live and die for oneself alone. My life and my death are not purely and simply my own business. I live by and for others, and my death involves others.

- Thomas Merton

from Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander

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Verse of the Day: 'Do not glean what is left'

When you beat your olive trees, do not strip what is left; it shall be for the alien, the orphan, and the widow. When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, do not glean what is left; it shall be for the alien, the orphan, and the widow. Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt; therefore I am commanding you to do this.

- Deuteronomy 24:20-22

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Voice of the Day: Desert Fathers and Mothers

In whatever work that you do, you should say to yourself at every moment: "If God looks at me, what does [God] see?" Then see how you answer yourself. If you condemn yourself, leave immediately. Stop the work that you were doing and take up something else in order to be sure to reach your destination. For it is necessary that the traveler be always ready to continue on the journey.

- Sayings of the Desert Fathers and Mothers

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Voice of the Day: Dorothy Day

People say, "What good can one person do? What is the sense of our small effort?" They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time. We can be responsible only for the one action of the present moment. But we can beg for an increase of love in our hearts that will
vitalize and transform all our individual actions, and know that God will take them and multiply them, as Jesus multiplied the loaves and the fishes.
- Dorothy Day
from Loaves and Fishes

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Verse of the Day: 'Peace to this house'

Whatever house you enter, first say, "Peace to this house!" And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you.

- Luke 10:5-6

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