The Common Good

Verse And Voice

Verse of the Day: 'Clothe yourselves with love'

As God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

- Colossians 3:12-14

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Voice of the Day: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Do what is right not only to respectable citizens, but especially to the disrespectable ones as well; be at peace not only with those who are peaceable, but especially with those who do not wish to let us live in peace.

- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Verse of the Day: 'Dissentions and offenses'

I urge you, brothers and sisters, to keep an eye on those who cause dissensions and offenses, in opposition to the teaching that you have learned; avoid them. For such people do not serve the Lord Christ, but their own appetities, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the simple-minded.

- Romans 16:17-18

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Voice of the Day: Mother Teresa

It is more difficult to fight poverty in a rich country than in a poor one.

- Mother Teresa

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Verse of the Day: 'Learn to do good'

Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.

- Isaiah 1:16-17

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Voice of the Day: Thomas Cahill on Prophets

Prophets are, by their nature, inconvenient party-poopers. It is a mistaken notion that prophets can see the future. Rather, they tell us what is true right now.

- Thomas Cahill, in Hey You, Listen Up! Sojourners, March-April 2003

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Verse of the Day: coming into the light

For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.

- John 3:20-21

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Voice of the Day: Maya Angelou

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

- Maya Angelou

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Verse of the Day: 'Do not envy the violent'

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it" - when you have it with you. Do not quarrel with anyone without cause, when no harm has been done to you. Do not envy the violent and do not choose any of their ways.

- Proverbs 3:27-31

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Verse of the Day: 'Be doers'

But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in the mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they look like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act - they will be blessed in their doing. [...]

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