I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.
This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
I believe that wounded justice,
lying prostrate on the blood-flowing streets of our nations,
can be lifted from this dust of shame
to reign supreme among the children of men.
I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere
can have three meals a day for their bodies,
education and culture for their minds,
and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.
I believe that what self-centered men have torn down,
men other-centered can build up.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Nobel Prize Speech]]>
I don’t know what will happen now; we’ve got some difficult days ahead.
But it really doesn’t matter with me now,
because I’ve been to the mountaintop.
And I don’t mind.
Like anybody, I would like to live a long life — longevity has its place.
But I’m not concerned about that now.
I just want to do God’s will.
And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain.
And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land.
I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight
That we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land.
So I’m happy tonight;
I’m not worried about anything;
I’m not fearing any man.
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the-coming of the Lord.
Martin Luther King, Jr.]]>
I could not bear to touch God with my own hand
when He came within
but He wanted me
to hold Him.
How God solved my blessed agony –
who can understand?
He turned my
1 Very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb of Jesus, carrying the spices which they had prepared. 2 When they found the stone rolled away from the entrance, 3 they went in. But they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus, 4 and they did not know what to think.
Suddenly two men in shining white clothes stood beside them. 5 The women were afraid and bowed to the ground. But the men said: Why are you looking in the place of the dead for someone who is alive? 6 Jesus isn’t here! He has been raised from death. Remember that while he was still in Galilee, he told you: 7 The Son of Man will be handed over to sinners who will nail him to a cross. But three days later he will rise to life.
8 Then they remembered what Jesus had said. 9-10 Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and some other women were the ones who had gone to the tomb.
Gospel of Luke, chapter 24]]>
Thou art indeed just, Lord, if I contend
With thee; but, sir, so what I plead is just.
Why do sinners’ ways prosper? and why must
Disappointment all I endeavour end?
Wert thou my enemy, O thou my friend,
How wouldst thou worse, I wonder, than thou dost
Defeat, thwart me? Oh, the sots and thralls of lust
Do in spare hours more thrive than I that spend,
Sir, life upon thy cause. See, banks and brakes
Now, leavèd how thick! lacèd they are again
With fretty chervil, look, and fresh wind shakes
Them; birds build – but not I build; no, but strain,
Time’s eunuch, and not breed one work that wakes.
Mine, O thou Lord of life, send my roots rain.
GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS, S.J.
* Justus quidem tu es, Domine, si disputem tecum;
verumtamen justa loquar ad te:
Quare via impiorum prosperatur?]]>
Christ be with me:
Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me;
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit,
Christ where I arise;
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Salvation is of the Lord.
Salvation is of the Lord.
Salvation is of the Christ.
May your salvation, O Lord, be ever with us.
do not let us turn into “broken cisterns”
which can hold no water.
Do not let us be so blinded by the enjoyment
of the good things of earth
that our hearts become insensible to the cry
of the poor,
of the sick,
of orphaned children
and of those many brothers and sisters of ours
who lack the necessary minimum to eat,
to clothe their nakedness,
and to gather their family together under
Pope John XXIII
Grant, Lord, that I may gladly share what I have with those in need,
humbly ask for what I need from anyone who has,
sincerely admit the evil which I have done,
calmly bear the evil which I suffer,
not envy my neighbor for his blessings,
and thank you unceasingly whenever you hear my prayer.
St. Thomas Aquinas
I slept and I dreamed
that life is all joy.
I woke and I saw
that life is all service.
I served and I saw
that service is joy!
(1861 – 1941)]]>
We must love them both —
those whose opinions we share
and those whose opinions we reject,
for both have labored in the search for truth,
and both have helped us in finding it.
St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) was born in southern Italy, entered the Dominican Order, and studied under St. Albert the Great at Cologne. He introduced into the study of philosophy and theology the method of carefully weighing opposing points of view before deciding where the preponderance of evidence lay and adapted the philosophy of the pagan Aristotle to the service of Christian theology. His masterwork was the Summa Theologica, but he never finished the work, for after a mystical experience he said: “All that I have written seems to me like so much straw after what I have seen and what has been revealed to me.”]]>