This is a page for Quotes and Verses that inspire me.

“Earth is so thick with divine possibility that it is a wonder we can walk anywhere without cracking our shins on altars.” Barbara Brown Taylor

“Because love is an act of courage, not of fear, love is commitment to others. No matter where the oppressed are found, the act of love is commitment to their cause – the cause of liberation… As an act of bravery, love cannot be sentimental; as an act of freedom, it must not serve as a pretext for manipulation. It must generate other acts of freedom, otherwise, it is not love.” – Paulo Freire

“Revolution begins with the self, in the self. It may be lonely. Certainly painful. It’ll take time. We’ve got time. That of course is an unpopular utterance these days. We’d better take the time to fashion revolutionary selves, revolutionary lives, revolutionary relationships. If your house ain’t in order, you ain’t in order. It is so much easier to be out there than right here. The revolution ain’t out there. Yet. But it is here.”  -Toni Cade Bambara in The Black Woman Anthology, p. 133

“Justice is what love looks like in public.” -Cornel West

“Buddha taught that his teachings are like boats for us to cross the river. The point is to cross the river, not to hang on to the boat. If various religions are different ways to cross the same River of Life, why should we fight over which boat is the right, supreme boat, and sink each other before we even get halfway across the river?” -Zilong Wang in his Huff Post reflection ’10 Lessons I Learned While Biking Across the USA’

“Activism, when properly conceived, aims at revolution by striking at the root. It deploys an essential critique of society that cannot be resolved, or recuperated, without a major cultural shift. Each era must find and hone that critique and with persistence use it to repeatedly attack the prevailing social order. The essential critique of our generation is the mental environmentalist perspective which understands consumerism to be a plague upon the earth supported by pollution of our mental ecology by advertisers. The future of activism is not online; it is a spiritual insurrection against pollution of the mind. And that begins with turning off our screens.” -Micah White, Adbusters Blog 4Aug10

“Vivir y construir el internacionalismo, no es solamente fundamental como proyecto política, pero también personal. Y así lo he sentido, a pesar de no conocernos antes entre nosotras y nosotros y vivir en realidades distintas, compartimos análisis parejos de la realidad, propuestas y lucha de cambios, sentimiento de compromiso… ¡Reconocernos en el otro, y comprendernos! Los campas de jóvenes revolucionarios, la escuela de formación, son pequeñas grandes experiencias de internacionalismo. Me alegro cada vez que participo en ellas, y me digo que nos corresponde a quien participemos de ellas movilizar y animar a otras y otras a que también lo hagan.” -Comrada de Venezuela

Translation: “Building and living internationalism, it is not only key as a political project, but also as a personal one. And thus, this is what I have felt. In spite of not knowing each other before between and living in different realities, we share similar analysis of the reality, proposals and struggles for change, feelings of commitment… We recognize and understand ourselves in the other! The Revolutionary Youth camp, the Youth school, represent small big experiences of internationalism. I am happy each time I take part in them, and I say to myself that now it is us to mobilize and to encourage other to take also part.” -Comrade from Venezuela

“Enlightenment can be measured by how compassionately and wisely you interact with others—with all others, not just those who support you in the way that you want. How you interact with those who do not support you shows how enlightened you really are.” -Adyashanti

When speaking about faith stories or social movements that inspire me, I wish to “proclaim the good news that frees me and gives me joy. And you too should offer me the good that you have encountered in your faith. We must rid ourselves of diatribes, of intellectual arguments and practices aimed at winning the other over, rather witness to truth with one another.” From an article by Samir Khalil Samir in this article from Pope Francis.

“Even when boys and girls end up in the same place in terms of being in trouble, they get there by different routes. Part of the answer in how we help them is to understand the routes they traveled so that we can find ways to guide them…More and more I have become concerned with what boys think they should be, with what they believe it means to be a man. Our beliefs about maleness, the mythology that surrounds being male, has led many boys to ruin.  The image of male as strong is mixed with the image of male as violent.  Male as virile gets confused with male as promiscuous. Male as adventurous equals male as reckless.  Male as intelligent often gets mixed with male as arrogant, racist, and sexist.  If we look around and see too many men in jail, on drugs, abandoning their families, acting without compassion or even violently, we as a society must shoulder the blame and take responsibility for change.  Boys find themselves pulled and tugged by forces beyond their control as they make the confusing and sometimes perilous trip to manhood.  While reaching up for manhood they tumble over a moral and ethical precipice and many can never scale their way back up.”  -Geoffrey Canada in his book “Reaching Up for Manhood”

From Niklas Büscher’s article in January-February 2014 The Catholic Worker about St. Joseph’s house: “During the soupline, the ground floor of St. Joe’s would turn into a complete madhouse. There were bowls being thrown through the air, wild applauding from guests and volunteers with nobody knowing exactly for what reason, people singing along to the ever-same songs played by classic rock radio stations…and others just yelling at each other.  This resulted in a great atmosphere in which both guests and workers were having fun. Of course this was not the case every day in the three months I stayed. The picture I will keep in my head, though is the one of a gathering of equal people that more likely to be compared to a festive lunch together with friends than anything else. The characters I got to meet while living in the house are ones I will certainly never forget. Everyone was unique in their own way and definitely beyond my capabilities of description. People…shared a sense of humor that I’d say is best called semi-intellectual nonsense…Humor though was not the only thing that made me feel at home at St. Joe’s but also the fact that I could identify with the Catholic Worker way of living. Some of my coworkers became true friends…

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