“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, by fighting for better conditions, by crying out unceasingly for the rights of the workers, 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 we can do but love, and, dear God, please enlarge our hearts to love each other, to love our neighbour, to love our enemy as our friend.”
“Those who cannot see Christ in the poor are atheists indeed. ”
“We must talk about poverty, because people insulated by their own comfort lose sight of it.”
“The Gospel takes away our right forever, to discriminate between the deserving and the undeserving poor.”
“Life itself is a haphazard, untidy, messy affair.”
“People say, “What is the sense of our small effort?” They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time.”
“I felt that the Church was the Church of the poor,… but at the same time, I felt that it did not set its face against a social order which made so much charity in the present sense of the word necessary. I felt that charity was a word to choke over. Who wanted charity? And it was not just human pride but a strong sense of man’s dignity and worth, and what was due to him in justice, that made me resent, rather than feel proud of so mighty a sum total of Catholic institutions.”
“Love and ever more love is the only solution to every problem that comes up.
If we love each other enough, we will bear with each other’s faults and burdens.
If we love enough, we are going to light a fire in the hearts of others.
And it is love that will burn out the sins and hatreds that sadden us. It is love that will make us want to do great things for each other. No sacrifice and no suffering will then seem too much.”
“The world was in terrible shape, and I’m glad we stood up and said what we believed; but a lot of the time we’d say these beautiful things about justice and fairness and equality, but we weren’t so nice to each other. We’d be jealous and we’d gossip, and we’d be moody and difficult and rude and inconsiderate. Why do I say ‘we’? I mean I would be all that– and if at the time I ever came near to knowing what I’d become, I’d dodge, I’d duck, I’d go on the offensive: the terrible Wall Street bankers. Lots of them were terrible– and so were lots of us.”
“Everything a baptized person does every day should be directly or indirectly related to the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.”
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