Category Archives: Quotes

The Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.

In Dr. King’s immortal words, “Our goal is to create a beloved community, and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only Light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only Love can do that.”
-Martin Luther King Jr.

Chinese Proverb says

If there is light in the soul,
There will be beauty in the person.

If there is beauty in the person,
There will be harmony in the house.

If there is harmony in the house,
There will be order in the nation.

If there is order in the nation,
There will be peace in the world.

Merry Christmas – God Is With Us

God chose us. The amazing grace of the Incarnation is that God pushed himself into the family of man even though we are broken, flawed and sinful.

“and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” – from the prologue of John’s Gospel

If the Word truly dwelt among us, then he was part of a family that, like most, was fairly dysfunctional, a mix of the good and bad, the saintly and the sinful, the glorious and the not so glorious. And this is such good news for us. -Father Barron

“The words of Thomas Jefferson defined our nation; the words of Abraham Lincoln strengthened its resolve at a time of unprecedented crisis; the words of Martin Luther King effected a moral revolution; the words of Winston Churchill turned back an evil empire. Words–even puny human words–pack enormous power. Imagine the power of God’s Word, made flesh in Jesus Christ. It unleashed a force that, 2000 years later, continues to change the world. Christmas is the day when we celebrate that power.” – Father Barron

We are made for God, we are meant for Him, to respond to Him.

The Only Real Way To Respond To Evil And Sin

Resisting Sin through Christian love has many behaviors. One of them is nonviolence.  Jesus dying on the cross is the best example of this kind of provocative non-violence.

“The cross is the eternal expression of the length to which God will go in order to restore broken community.” – Martin Luther King Jr. (from Stride For Freedom by Martin Luther King Jr.)

“When the love of power is replaced by the power of love, there can be peace in
the world.” -Jimi Hendrix

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual…Oh how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment. “ – Henry David Thoreau