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Be kind

“Life is short,” Henri Frederic Amiel once said. “And we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel the way with us. O’be swift to love. Make haste to be kind.”

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Three kinds of patriots

“There are three kinds of patriots, two bad and one good,” said William Sloane Coffin. “The bad ones are the uncritical lovers and the loveless critics. Good patriots carry on a lover’s quarrel with their country.” Coffin was a minister and long-time peace activist.

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Love and truth

“The world is too dangerous for anything but truth and too small for anything by love,” said William Sloane Coffin. Sloane was a minister and long-time peace activist.

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Love and wisdom and compassion

In 1968, after the death of Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy told the nation: “What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness.” What we need, Kennedy said, is “love and wisdom […]

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The only solution

“Love and ever more love is the only solution to every problem that comes up,” said Dorothy Day, who fought for justice for the poor.

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Let our love be loud

“Let our prayers be silent,” says Chett Pritchett. “Let our work be visible. Let our love be loud.” My friend Kerry Smith, a Methodist minister, quoted Pritchett in her church’s weekly online newsletter. –Joy

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Indifference

Rabbi Andrew Paley, senior rabbi of Temple Shalom in Dallas, quoted Elie Wiesel, Nobel winner and Holocaust survivor, in a column in the January 27, 2020, issue of the Dallas Morning News. “The opposite of love is not hate; it’s indifference,” Wiesel said. “The opposite of beauty is not ugliness; it’s indifference. The opposite of […]

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Just the way you are

“I like you just the way you are,” Mr. Rogers once said. That is my favorite Mr. Rogers quote—one of many on my new Mr. Rogers mug. A photo of Mr. Rogers in his dark coat is on the mug. However, when I add hot tea, his dark coat magically turns into a yellow sweater! […]

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Goodness, justice and peace

On December 29, 2019, Bernice King wrote, “Don’t make New Year’s resolutions. Determine what kind of everyday human you want to be. And decide if that human will be for goodness, justice, peace and love.  “And envision if that human has dreams that will lift humanity. Then, the moments, years and minutes will matter.”  Bernice King […]

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The spirit of Christmas

Christmas is over! New Year’s Day is past. It’s time to return to our normal routines. I am going to remember, though, in the coming days the spirit of Christmas. Love and peace and hope. As Scrooge said in Charles Dickens’ “The Christmas Carol,” “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep […]

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