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LOVE

The Word was, is and will eternally be God. God is Love, the Word is God, and so I believe, the Word is Love.

Matthew 25:40

...whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.
Today, the same Christ is in people who are unwanted, unemployed, uncared for, hungry, naked, and homeless. They seem useless to the state and to society; nobody has time for them. It is you and I as Christians, worthy of the love of Christ if our love is true, who must find them, and help them; they are there for the finding. - Mother Teresa, A Gift For God

Galatians 3:28

There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.
God's Love is for all, God makes no distinction between rich or poor, common people or wealthy aristocrat or political leader, fools and wise, female, male, employer, or employee. There is no justification for bigotry, intolerance nor hate.

Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.
- Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength To Love, 1963

Those who have created the evil are those who have made possible the hideous social injustice our people live in. Thus, the poor have shown the church the true way to go. A church that does not join the poor in order to speak out from the side of the poor against the injustices committed against them is not the true church of Jesus Christ.
Oscar A. Romero,
The Violence of Love

Here is indomitable courage and utter humility. Here is a message of hope.

O Lord, open my eyes
that I may see the needs of others;
open my ears
that I may hear their cries;
open my heart so
that they need not be without succor;
let me not be afraid to defend the weak
because of the anger of the strong,
nor afraid to defend the poor
because of the anger of the rich
... And so open my eyes and my ears
that I may this coming day
be able to do some work of peace for thee.
 - Alan Paton

We Must Care for the Poor
Not Oppress Them nor Favor the Wealthy


Proverbs 22:16

He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and he who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty.

Proverbs 29:7

The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.

For Christians, Favoritism is Forbidden


James 2:1-7

 1My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favoritism. 2Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. 3If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, "Here's a good seat for you," but say to the poor man, "You stand there" or "Sit on the floor by my feet," 4have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

 5Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? 6But you have insulted the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? 7Are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of him to whom you belong?


In the USA, we're going
in the wrong
direction fast!


Could You Afford to be Poor?


Where Science and Spirit Become One

Georgetown University's acclaimed evolutionary theologian, John F. Haught, in an interview with Amy Edelstein of Enlightenment Magazine, zeros in on the key point at which science and spirituality converge:

Something religious is going on even in scientific work, not in the scientific information itself but in the commitment to the idea that the universe is intelligible and truth is worth seeking. Those are religious convictions. You can't prove scientifically that truth is worth seeking, but it's the conviction that it is worth seeking that underlies all good science. Religion lifts this up and makes it more explicit. It symbolically names that depth, that truth, that meaning, and refers to it in Western theology as God or Allah, or in Eastern thought as Brahman or Tao.


And thus I understood that any man or woman who deliberately chooses God in this life, out of love, may be sure that he or she is loved without end. This endless love produces grace in them. For God wants us to hold trustfully to his: that we be as certain, in home, of the bliss of heaven while we are here as we will be, in fact, when we are there. And always the more delight and joy we take in this certainty, with reverence and meekness, the better it pleases God. – Julian of Norwich

The seed of God is in us. Given an intelligent and hard-working farmer, it will thrive and grow up to God, whose seed it is; and accordingly its fruits will be God-nature. Pear seeds grow into pear trees, nut seeds into nut trees, and God seeds into God.
 – Meister Eckhart

Jesus had a remarkable way of being a friend to every person he met. We sense in him the ability to welcome the stranger, to find the hidden gift in those others called sinners, to strengthen the ability of the loving to love more. He loved some by confronting them with the ways in which they were unloving and exploitative of others. He challenged the hypocritical in those who made it their right to judge others with constant reminders that we not only must not but cannot judge another He found important ways to invite all to discover and cherish the lovable in themselves. – by Paula Ripple, in "Called To Be Friends"

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket—safe, dark, motionless, airless—it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly save from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell. – CS Lewis, "The Four Loves"

No Fear 

...perfect love drives out fear...  – 1 John 4:18

Don't Worry 

...do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  – Matthew 6:34

...let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself... 
 – Franklin Delano Roosevelt
The Litany Against Fear

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

 – an incantation spoken by fictional characters in Frank Herbert's 1965 novel Dune

"I have not ceased being fearful, but I have ceased to let fear control me. I have accepted fear as a part of life--specifically the fear of change, the fear of the unknown; and I have gone ahead despite the pounding in my heart that says: turn back, turn back, you'll die if you venture too far."
  –  Erica Mann Jong
What, me worry?
 - Alfred E. Neuman
Don't Worry, Be Happy
 –  Bobby McFerrin
Don't Worry
 – Common usage for, "you're forgiven"
No Worries
 – Common Australian phrase for, "alright"