Perpendicular Ponderings

Perpendicular (because all of my life thoughts are either vertical and toward God or horizontal and toward fellow humanity and the earth).

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Upon our death we can take no earthly treasures with us. We leave behind our wealth, our power, our social status, our degrees, and our titles. Yet paradoxically, in Maurin’s own words, “what we give to the poor for Christ’s sake is what we carry with us when we die.”

Fr R. Barron 

Additional quote by Peter Maurin

(via thefullnessofthefaith)

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Jesus was not sent by God to die in order to appease a violent deity, nor did he defeat the powers by dying on the cross. His death was not an atoning sacrifice or a way of bringing a scapegoat mechanism to light. It was a political murder meant to sow terror and to undermine hope. His violent death exposes the domination system as oppressive and violent. His resurrection challenges the ultimate power of the system and invites us to be people of God here and now where oppressive systems remain powerful and must be challenged. Jesus teaches us how to live and shows us the risks of living God’s compassion in an unjust world.
— Walter Wink (via locusimperium)

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I fell in love with the world in you.
— Noah and the Whale, Hold My Hand As I’m Lowered (via larmoyante)

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Until we have met the monsters in ourselves, we keep trying to slay them in the outer world. And we find that we cannot. For all darkness in the world stems from darkness in the heart. And it is there that we must do our work.
Marianne Williamson, Everyday Grace: Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness And Making Miracles (via elige)

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The worst bullies you will ever encounter in your life are your own thoughts.
— Bryant H. McGill  (via elige)

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Can you pledge to vote in November? 
“The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”
― Plato


Can you pledge to vote in November? 

“The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”
― Plato

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"When I started playing Detective Olivia Benson, I began to get a lot of letters from viewers. I had gotten fan mail before, but these letters were different. They were coming from individuals who were disclosing histories of violence and abuse - a lot of them for the first time. I knew I had to do something, so I trained to become a rape crisis counselor, I joined Boards, I got involved. I was proud to be on a show that was brave enough to go into territory that no one was talking about, but I also knew I wanted to do more and play a larger role to help survivors heal and reclaim their lives. In 2004 I created the Joyful Heart Foundation with the mission to heal, educate, and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, and to shed light on the darkness surrounding these issues. I’m very proud to report that since we began, we’ve provided direct services to over 5,400 people, and that we’re determined to change the conversation about violence and abuse.”

- Mariska Hargitay

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people around the globe think that American Christians are pro-war, enamored with violence, and fascinated with military might, something is terribly wrong. No one in the first century would have made the same conclusion regarding Jesus and His followers.
— Preston Sprinkle, Fight: A Christian Case for Non-Violence (via contrariansoul)
We confess to being fools and wish that we were more so. … What we would like to do is change the world-make it a little simpler for people to feed, clothe, and shelter themselves as God intended them to do. And to a certain extent, by fighting for better conditions, by crying out unceasingly for the rights of the workers, and the poor, of the destitute-the rights of the worthy and the unworthy poor, in other words-we can to a certain extent change the world; we can work for the oasis, the little cell of joy and peace in a harried world. We can throw our pebble in the pond and be confident that its ever-widening circle will reach around the world. … We repeat, there is nothing that we can do but love, and dear God-please enlarge our hearts to love each other, to love our neighbor, to love our enemy as well as our friend.
— Dorothy Day (via mouthwingss)

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