The Common Good

Verse And Voice

Verse of the Day:

For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peacable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits without a trace of partiality or hypocricy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.

- James 3:16-18

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Verse of the Day: Peace

If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.

- Matthew 10:13

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Voice of the Day: Frederick Buechner on Repentance

Biblically speaking, to repent doesn't mean to feel sorry about, to regret. It means to turn, to turn around 180 degrees. It means to undergo a complete change of mind, heart, direction. Turn away from madness, cruelty, shallowness, blindness. Turn toward the tolerance, compassion, sanity, hope, justice that we all have in us at our best.

- Frederick Buechner

from Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons

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Verse of the Day: Pursuing Peace

Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.

- Romans 14:19
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Voice of the Day: Dwight Vogel

When Martin Luther got up in the morning and put water on his face, he would say, "I am baptized!" It was a way of reminding himself that living out his baptism was a key to discipleship ... For us as well as for Martin Luther, the baptismal covenant is to be lived out in daily discipleship. The call to discipleship is a call to be part of a community of faith. When a traveling rabbi in the first century said: "Come, follow me," it was not only an invitation to respond personally but to become [...]

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Verse of the Day: Filled with the Spirit of the Lord

But as for me, I am filled with power, with the spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin. Hear this, you rulers of the house of Jacob and chiefs of the house of Israel, who abhor justice and pervert all equity, who build Zion with blood and Jerusalem with wrong!

- Micah 3:8-10

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Verse of the Day: Speak Truth to One Another

These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another, render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace, do not devise evil in your hearts against one another, and love no false oath; for all these are things that I hate, says the Lord.

- Zechariah 8:16-17

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Voice of the Day: Joan Chittister

The function of prayer is not to establish a routine; it is to establish a relationship with God who is in relationship with us always.... The function of prayer is to bring us into touch with ourselves, as well. To the ancients, "tears of compunction" were the sign of a soul that knew its limits, faced its sins, accepted its needs, and lived in hope.

- Joan Chittister
Quoted in Essential Monastic Wisdom, by Hugh Feiss

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Voice of the Day: Thomas Merton

The contemplative life should liberate and purify the imagination which passively absorbs all kinds of things without our realizing it; liberate and purify it from the influence of so much violence done by the bombardment of social images.... The training of the imagination implies a certain freedom and this freedom implies a certain capacity to choose and to find its own appropriate nourishment. Thus in the interior life there should be moments of relaxation, freedom, and "browsing." Perhaps [...]

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Verse of the Day: Preserving Integrity

May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you.

- Psalms 25:21

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