Romans 12:12 – Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Galatians 5:13 – You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh ; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
Matthew 20:28 – For the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.
“Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.” – Gandalf
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they will be filled.” – Matthew 5:6
Integrity, which is being whole, which means that every part of my life reflects the same character and values no matter where I am or who I am with. (Job 31:6, Proverbs 28:18)
“At issue here is the question: “To whom do I belong? God or to the world?” Many of my daily preoccupations suggest that I belong more to the world than to God. A little criticism makes me angry, and a little rejection makes me depressed. A little praise raises my spirits, and a little success excites me. It takes very little to raise me up or thrust me down. Often I am like a small boat on the ocean, completely at the mercy of its waves…
As long as I keep running about asking: “Do you love me? Do you really love me?” I give all power to the voices of the world and put myself in bondage because the world is filled with “ifs.” The world says: “Yes, I love you if you are good-looking, intelligent, and wealthy. I love you if you have a good education, a good job, and good connections. I love you if you produce much, sell much, and buy much.” There are endless “ifs” hidden in the world’s love. These “ifs” enslave me, since it is impossible to respond adequately to all of them. The world’s love is and always will be conditional. As long as I keep looking for my true self in the world of conditional love, I will remain “hooked” to the world – trying, failing, and trying again. It is a world that fosters addictions because what it offers cannot satisfy the deepest craving of my heart.” – Henri Nouwen
“If someone who has the riches of this world sees a brother or sister in need and closes your heart to that one, how does the love of God abide in that one?” – 1 John 3:17
St. Ambrose: “You are not making a gift of your possessions to the poor person. You are handing over to the poor what belongs to the poor.”
‘I want to give you life’ – John 10:10