"I was talking with her shortly after her arrival and naively asked, 'Sister, how are you enjoying retirement?' She responded, 'Oh, honey, around here, you never retire. As long as there's spit on your tongue, they'll run stamps across it.'"
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"It's all connected to safety and the viability of the neighborhood. These are the issues that make you comfortable wherever you're staying. ... The housing piece wouldn't work without the safety piece and the education piece. All these things affect everything."
"My overachieving messiah complex will sometimes guilt me into believing it is my responsibility to save the world. It is not. That belongs to a God who is infinite and incomprehensible love."
"This glorious feast, celebrated today, August 15, is a testimony to the power of the laity and of our devotion to the mother of God."
"The soil cannot produce endlessly. It must be nourished by careful cultivation, thoughtful crop rotation and, occasionally, total rest. Relentless production will exhaust it. Why should I expect my soul to be any different?"
"In laying ourselves open to one another, we become, as it were, who we already are in the eyes of God: resurrected beings, beloved community, a new creation."
"How many people continue today in a wayward life because they find no one willing to look at them in a different way, with the eyes — or better yet — with the heart of God, meaning with hope. Jesus sees the possibility of a resurrection even in those who have made so many wrong choices."
"Ultimately, indigenous politicians want the world community to realize that to live in peace is to share the world together by accommodating each other, rather than assimilating the weaker."
"Part of any transformative process involves a letting-go. It's always a matter of trying to choose new life, trying to choose a way forward, a loving response, but it doesn't come without something else needing to be let go of."
"God's faithfulness to us is the ocean, the sky, and the sand, all of them infinite, rooting us, rushing toward us, warming us; it is bigger and deeper than our human hearts could ever grasp."
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