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Sojourners Verse and Voice – 18 March 2021

Verse of the day   Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:2she
Voice of the day 
True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. – Arthur Ashe
Prayer of the day  
O God, we pray that you would cultivate within us a soul that finds joy in our service to others. May we always have eyes that see the needs of our communities and the will to strive to meet them.

Pace e Bene – 20 March 2023

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“And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us, but what stands before us. We close the divide because we know, to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside. We lay down our arms, so we can reach out our arms to one another.” — Amanda Gorman, “The Hill We Climb”

Pace e Bene – 19 March 2023

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“Every war leaves our world worse than it was before. War is a failure of politics and of humanity, a shameful capitulation, a stinging defeat before the forces of evil.”—Pope Francis, “Fratelli Tutti” encyclical

Pace e Bene – 18 March 2023

Verse of the day
Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?

– Isaiah 58:6

Voice of the day
Isaiah reminds us that fasting is not about piety, but liberation. … At a time when social and political crises of all sorts loom, Lenten fasts are vital tools for individual and communal spiritual health.

– Jeania Ree V. Moore, “Why Fasting is Actually About Liberation

Prayer of the day
This Lent, Lord, may we move away from viewing this season as a time for our personal piety but instead as a way to love and care for those in our midst.

It’s Time to Sign Up! – Godspacelight

A wonderful retreat opportunity being offered by our dear friend, Christine Sine!

It is another journey into changed perspectives and the breaking down of walls. This retreat is not about gardening. It is about walking with Jesus through all the seasons of creation as he walks from Palm Sunday to Easter resurrection.
— Read on

Sojourners Verse and Voice – 17 March 2023

Verse of the day
For in Christ all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through Christ and for Christ.

– Colossians 1:16

Voice of the day
Christ be with me, Christ within me, / Christ behind me, Christ before me, / Christ beside me, Christ to win me, / Christ to comfort and restore me, / Christ beneath me, Christ above me, / Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, / Christ in hearts of all that love me, / Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

– Attributed to St. Patrick 

Prayer of the day
You are not restricted simply to the walls of the church God. Expand our visions to where we might find you today.

Pace e Bene – 17 March 2023

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“If you want to end the war then instead of sending guns, send books. Instead of sending tanks, send pens. Instead of sending soldiers, send teachers.” —Malala Yousafzai

Sojourners Verse and Voice – 16 March 2023

Verse of the day
An intelligent mind acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

– Proverbs 18:15

Voice of the day
Changing a culture of secrecy to one of openness is a difficult task that can take generations. However, a first step is to raise the community’s awareness of their right to information.

– Laura Neuman

Prayer of the day
We remember on this Freedom of Information Day that we often have to fight for transparency from our institutions and governments. Guide us Lord, as we seek to change a culture of secrecy into one of openness

Pace e Bene – 16 March 2023

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“Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence.”—Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Pace e Bene – 15 March 2023

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“Suppressing a culture is violence. Neglecting school children is violence. Punishing a mother and her family is violence. Discrimination against a working man is violence. Ghetto housing is violence. Ignoring medical need is violence. Contempt for poverty is violence.”—Coretta Scott King

Love – Saint Clare of Assisi

Red-bellied Woodpecker in one of the palm trees next to our townhouse

“May the love you have in your hearts be shown outwardly in your deeds.”
—The Testament of St. Clare