"Oppression always has two sides. On the one side stands the master, on the other side stands the slave. On the one side is the arrogant self-elevation of the exploiter, on the other the suffering of his victim. Oppression destroys humanity on both sides. The oppressor acts humanely, the victim is dehumanized. The evil the perpetrator commits robs him of his humanity, the suffering he inflicts dehumanizes the victim… Because oppression always has these two sides, the liberation process has to begin on both sides, too. The liberation of the oppressed from their suffering must lead to the liberation of the oppressors from the evil they commit; otherwise there can be no liberation for a new community in justice and freedom. The goal of these reciprocal liberations cannot be anything less than a community of men and women, free of fear, in which there are no longer any oppressors, and no longer any oppressed."
"The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring."
Source: Bern Williams (via pureblyss)
"I was at university and I heard that for twenty years. It was always studying and teaching about God to all these bright students. I gave talks and lectures and it was a competitive world. I had to be smarter than others. And I suddenly realized that it’s not in strength and power that God comes to me but in weakness. That’s why I went to L’Arche. That’s why I went to a place where weak people are at the core so that they could become my teachers. All my professors at Harvard and Yale and Notre Dame weren’t able to say to me what people with disabilities could say to me. And my whole personal journey has not just been “oh I want to help people with disabilities.” No, it was: “I have to have better teachers!” People who might not be able to walk or talk or eat by themselves or think logically—they are the place where God comes to me! And then I discover that I might be quite handicapped too after all. That’s the question: how can we allow our weakness to call us to conversion, call us to wholeness, call us to love?"
"Whenever your heart starts to be anxious about the future, preach to your heart and say, ‘Heart, who do you think you are to be afraid of the future and nullify the promise of God? No, heart, I will not exalt myself with anxiety. I will humble myself in peace and joy as I trust this precious and great promise of God—He cares for me.’"
"I feel such a creative force in me: I am convinced that there will be a time when, let us say, I will make something good every day , on a regular basis….I am doing my very best to make every effort because I am longing so much to make beautiful things. But beautiful things mean painstaking work, disappointment, and perseverance."
Vincent van Gogh
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