TODAY'S THEME: Love One Another-Dare to Care
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"This is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you.
No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's
friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no
longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his
master is doing. I have call you friends, because I have told you
everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who
chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and
bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask
the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you:
love one another."

The words of Jesus.
John 15: 12-17
New American Bible


The problems that exist in the world today cannot be
solved by the level of thinking that created them.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)



We beseech thee, Master, to be our helper and protector.
Save the afflicted among us; have mercy on the lowly;
raise up the fallen; appear to the needy; heal the ungodly;
restore the wanderers of thy people;
feed the hungry; ransom our prisoners;
raise up the sick; comfort the faint-hearted.

Clement of Rome (1st Century)
Bishop of Rome c. 88-98
Apostolic Father commemorated by both
the Roman Catholic and Lutheran Church


If you are neutral in situations of injustice,
you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a
mouse and you say that you are neutral,
the mouse will not appreciate
your neutrality.

Desmond Tutu (1931- )
South African cleric and activist

Great Spirit, Great Spirit, my Grandfather,

all over the Earth the faces of living things are all alike.

With tenderness have these come up out of the ground.

Look upon these faces of children without number

and with children in their arms

that they may face the winds

and walk the good road to the day of quiet.

Black Elk (1863-1950)
Holy Man of the Oglala Lakota


We pray that the wisdom of the great Tao
Be widely spread on earth.
Shining the way to all creatures of nature's birth.
May all humanity be redeemed,
And our whole world know peace.
And may the places we meet to worship you
Be granted safety's lease.

Cao Dai prayer


Remember that nothing is small in the eyes of God.
Do all that you do with love.

St. Therese de Lisieux (1873-1897)
aka "The Little Flower of Jesus"
French Nun and Doctor of the Church

To care means first of all to empty our own cup and to allow
the other to come close to us. It means to take away the
barriers which prevent us from entering into communion
with the other. When we dare to care, then we discover that
nothing human is foreign to us, but that all the hatred and
love, cruelty and compassion, fear and joy can be found in our
own hearts. When we dare to care, we have to confess that
when others kill, I could have killed too. When others torture,
I could have done the same. When others heal, I could have
healed too. And when others give life, I could have done the
same. Then we experience that we can be present to the soldier
who kills, to the guard who pesters, to the young man who
plays as is life has no end, and to the old man who
stopped playing out of fear of death.

By honest recognition and confession of our human sameness
we can participate in the care of God who came, not to the
powerful but to the powerless, not to be different but to be
the same, not to take our pain away but to share it.
Through this participation, we can open our hearts
to each other and form a new community.

Excerpted from "Out of Solitude:
Three Meditations on the Christian Life,"
by Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1998)
Ave Maria Press, 2005

May I become at all times, both now and forever
A protector for those without protection
A guide for those who have lost their way
A ship for those with oceans to cross
A bridge for those with rivers to cross
A sanctuary for those in danger
A lamp for those without light
A place of refuge for those who lack shelter
And a servant to all in need.

Tenzin Gyatso (1935-  )
The 14th and current Dalai Lama


The Lord is trustworthy in every word,
and faithful in every work.
The Lord supports all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look hopefully to you;
you give them their food in due season.
You open wide your hand and satisfy the
desire of every living thing.
You, Lord, are just in all your ways,
faithful in all your works.
You, Lord, are near to all who call
upon you in truth.
You, Lord, watch over all who love you,
but all the wicked you destroy.

Psalm 145: 13-18, 20
New American Bible

And now, the Last Word:

And God will wipe away every tear
from their eyes; there shall be no
more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.
There shall be no more pain, for the
former things have passed away.

Revelation 21: 3-6
The Holy Bible
New King James Version





























































Bonus quote:

Once the game is over, the king and pawn go back in the same box.

Italian proverb



On today's
Home Page:
Albert Einstein,
Desmond Tutu,
Clement of Rome,
Black Elk,
Therese of
Dalai Lama,
Henri Nouwen.