Sunday, August 27, 2023

Thought for the Day

[. . .] love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity,
faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. [. . .]
~ Galatians 5:22 (The Fruit of the Spirit)


Quoted from "The Letter of Paul to the Galatians" in "The New Testament" in The Holy Bible (New Revised Standard Version, 1989), p. 249

Opinion columnist David French writes, "[W]hen you encounter another person — regardless of what they say about their religious beliefs — you can discern their true character by such traits. [. . .]" (David French, "Political Christianity Has Claws" in The New York Times, August 24, 2023; Online) 

Considering these virtues, then, the question to ask ourselves is, What is the message of "political Christians" today, if, as French comments, the Fruit of the Spirit is to "help us obey one of our highest calls: to love our neighbors as we love ourselves."

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Thought for the Day

[. . . ] If we're not paying attention through our own
senses, we have disengaged from the primary mode
in which every creature since the origin of life has
connected to its environment. And if we're not listening,
we've got no stories to tell the future. [. . .]
~ David G. Haskell

Quoted from Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, "Listening and the Crisis of Inattention: An Interview with David G. Haskell," Emergence Magazine (Online), April 21, 2022

David G. Haskell, Biologist, Writer and Author

Sunday, August 13, 2023

Thought for the Day

[. . .]
What we bring, finally, into the new day, every day, //
Is ourselves. And that's all we need /
To start. That's everything we require to keep going.
~ Alberto Rios

Quoted from "A House Called Tomorrow: Fifty Years of Poetry" (Copper Canyon Press, 2023)

Alberto Rios, Award-Winning Poet, Short Story Writer, Memoirist, Novelist; Inaugural Poet Laureate of Arizona; Chancellor Emeritus, Academy of American Poets, 2014-2020; Regents' Professor, Arizona State University

Sunday, August 6, 2023

Thought for the Day

[. . .] — to come anywhere in the world or, more accurately,
to be anywhere in the world — is not only to register accurately
what one sees, and not only to convey how one sees it (how one
assesses it, how one judges it). It is to turn seeing into witnessing,
and witnessing into advocacy. And most importantly, to inspire
a similar transformation in others. [. . .]
~ George Dardess

Quoted from George Dardess, "See So That Others May See," Essay at Close Reading Blog, June 19, 2023

George Dardess, Ph.D., Close Reader of English Literature; Roman Catholic Deacon; Writer and Author; Critical Reviewer; Expert in Muslim-Christian Relations (Among George Dardess's work is the graphic novel Foreign Exchange.)