Voice of the Day – Mother Teresa

"You can find Calcutta anywhere in the world. You only need two eyes to see. Everywhere in the world there are people that are not loved, people that are not wanted nor desired, people that no one will help, people that are pushed away or forgotten. And this is the greatest poverty"

~Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa’s acts and vision for ministry continue to challenge and inspire me.  Becoming a bit of a repeating theme is how vision is important for missional formation…an eschatalogical vision of love incarnated.  May we begin to see people with the eyes of Jesus as Mother Teresa exemplified for us.

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Voice of the Day – Cesar Chaves

"What do we want the Church to do? We don’t ask for more cathedrals. We don’t ask for bigger churches of fine gifts. We ask for its presence with us, beside us, as Christ among us. We ask the Church to sacrifice with the people for social change, for justice, and for love of brother. We don’t ask for words. We ask for deeds. We don’t ask for paternalism. We ask for servanthood."

~Cesar Chaves

Chaves summarizes well what is desperately needed from the Church…

Voice of the Day – Betty Williams

We are deeply, passionately dedicated to the cause of nonviolence, to the force of truth and love, to soul-force. To those who say that we are naive, utopian idealists, we say that we are the only realists, and that those who continue to support militarism in our time are supporting the progress towards total self-destruction of the human race.

Betty Williams, in her 1976 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech

Voice of the Day – Dorothy Day

D_day"When you love people, you see all the good in them, all the Christ in them. God sees Christ, His Son, in us and loves us. And so we should see Christ in others, and nothing else, and love them. There can never be enough of it. There can never be enough thinking about it."

~Dorothy Day, from Sojourners

A woman who’s heart for Christ spawned nothing less than self abandonment for the sake of serving others.  Why is this normal experience of Christ struggling to shape us likewise?

I’m serious, why?  For me it is becoming more a question of vision than anting else.  When you look at the world, what is it that you see? (Bono)

Sojourners Voice of the Day: Murphy Davis on Words and Deeds

A new addition to the blog will be the "Voice of the Day" from Sojourners.  When appropriate, i will post for your contemplative pleasure.  This one caught my eye initially…

"So long as the word remains in any way theoretical and is not incarnated by actions and translated into deeds, then it is not faith. It might be theology, not very good theology at that, but it is not faith. Faith is a combination of conviction and deeds, and it cannot be one without the other. Faith divorced from deeds is as lifeless as a corpse."

Murphy Davis in "Turning Dreams into Deeds," Sojourners, June 1985