Wednesday, December 28, 2005

"Life does not consist in piety, but in striving to become devout; not in health, but in becoming healthy — as a whole, not in being, but in becoming. Not passivity, but practice. We have still not arrived, but we shall. It is still not done; it has not happened; yet it has been conceived. It has not yet shone upon all, but it has stirred all. We are not yet at home, but we are on the way."

-- Martin Luther

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

"But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people."

--Paul the Apostle, Letter to Titus 3:5-8

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

"The Justice memo likewise reveals a brazen Republican willingness to put politics above sound legal reasoning. The appointees didn't break money-laundering laws, and they aren't the only partisans to ever put politics first. But the memo gives the Supreme Court ample reason to hear an appeal of Texas' congressional map. We had originally opposed keeping the case alive, but the new evidence is too much to ignore."

-- The Dallas Morning News editorial board
"...the endemic corruption of conservatives in power we are witnessing today is not just a morality play about power's corrupting influence, or about the descent of ideologues into the practical swamps of politics. Worse than that, it's about the consequences of entrusting government's vast power to people who can't think of it as a force for the common good, and thus, inevitably, treat it as a force for private gain."

-- Marshall Whitman

Sunday, December 04, 2005

"By far the most significant event in the whole course of human history will be celebrated, with or without understanding, at the end of this season, Advent. What we are in fact celebrating is the awe-inspiring humility of God, and no amount of familiarity with the trappings of Christmas should ever blind us to it. God’s intervening into human history came about with an almost frightening quietness and self-effacement, and as millions will testify, he will come once again with the same silence and the same devastating humility into any heart ready to receive him."

-- J.B. Phillips