I was all alone and those [segregationist] people were screaming, and suddenly I saw God smiling and I smiled…. A woman was standing there [near the school door], and she shouted at me ‘Hey you little nigger, what you smiling at?’ I looked right at her face and I said, ‘At God.’ Then she looked up at the sky, and then she looked at me, and she didn’t call me any more names. (Hampton et al., Preventing Violence in America, 124-27)
“We are against war because it is contrary to the spirit of Jesus Christ, and the only important thing is that we abide in His spirit. It is more important than being American, more important than being respectable, more important than obedience to the State. It is the only thing that matters. We are against Universal Military Training because it is preparation for sin, For the sin that is war. That it is better that the United States be liquidated than that she survive by war.”—Dorothy Day (via catholicworker)
Do not wonder that a man can become an imitator of God. He can, if he is willing. For it is not by ruling over his neighbor, or by seeking to hold the supremacy over those that are weaker, or by being rich, and showing violence towards those that are inferior, that happiness is found; nor can any one by these things become an imitator of God. But these things do not at all constitute His majesty. On the contrary he who takes upon himself the burden of his neighbor; he who, in whatsoever respect he may be superior, is ready to benefit another who is deficient; he who, whatsoever things he has received from God, by distributing these to the needy, becomes a god to those who receive (his benefits): he is an imitator of God.
Just stumbled across these fine folks - Bicycle Coffee Company.
They roast their own beans and deliver fair trade coffee to San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley. Pretty cool concept and story. I’m headed to San Francisco this weekend, so maybe I will see them out and about!
Bless O Lord the food we are about to eat, and we pray you O God may it be good for our body and our soul and if there is any poor creature hungry or thirsty walking on the road may God send him in to us so that we can share the good with him - just as he shares his gifts with all of us.
“I always say that if we believe terrorists are beyond redemption, we can rip out half of our New Testament, since it was written by a converted terrorist who became an extremist for grace. It’s what happens when we discover that God has a desperate love for losers just like us.”—Shane Claiborne (via strengthlikelions)