Quotes — Community (14 entries)

A person who loves people creates…

A person who loves community tends to destroy it. But a person who loves people creates community wherever he goes.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer

« πλ | 31 Jan 2005 »

Community is like a mosaic…

Community is like a large mosaic. Each little piece seems so insignificant. One piece is bright red, another cold blue or dull green, another warm purple, another sharp yellow, another shining gold. Some look precious, others ordinary. Some look valuable, others worthless. Some look gaudy, others delicate. As individuals stones, we can do little with them except compare them and judge their beauty and value. When, however, all these little stones are brought together in one big mosaic portraying the face of Christ, who would ever question the importance of any one of them? If one of them, even the least spectacular one, is missing, the face is incomplete. Together in the one mosaic, each little stone is indispensable and makes a unique contribution to the glory of God. That’s community, a fellowship of little people who together make God visible in the world.

— Henri Nouwen, Can You Drink the Cup?

« πλ | 5 Feb 2004 »

Every age has its own outlook…

Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means the old books.

— C.S. Lewis

« πλ | 20 Oct 2006 »

Great opportunities to help others…

Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.

— Sally Koch [via]

« πλ | 12 Oct 2003 »

Is the Internet real fellowship?

Kneeling, on a kneeler made of oak, in front of a priest with trembling hands handing you the very Body and Blood of Christ which you taste and touch and smell is different than mouse-clicking your way through reality… Is [the Internet] real fellowship? No, I don’t think so. I view it more as [a tool for] co-laboring.

— John Mark Reynolds [via]

« πλ | 4 Dec 2005 »

Life is a gift…

Life is a gift, not to possess, but to share.

— Henri Nouwen

« πλ | 26 Jul 2004 »

Love your neighbor…

“Love your Neighbor as Yourself” is a Trinitarian ethic. In the Holy Trinity, neighbor is self.

— Kevin Jones [via]

« πλ | 23 Dec 2005 »

Separateness is like a prison…

We are part of the whole which we call the universe, but it is an optical delusion of our mind that we think we are separate. This separateness is like a prison for us. Our job is to widen the circle of compassion so we feel connected to all people and all situations.

— Albert Einstein

« πλ | 28 Jan 2005 »

Some want to live…

Some want to live within the sound of church or chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell.

— C.T. Studd [via]

« πλ | 11 Jun 2006 »

The Teacher would not have prayer…

Before all things, the Teacher of Peace and the Master of Unity would not have prayer made singly and individually, as for one who prays only for himself. For we do not say, “My Father, who art in heaven”… Our prayer is public and common; and when we pray, we pray not for one, but for the whole people, because we the whole people are one.

— St. Cyprian of Carthage [via]

After all, we are all members of the Vine

« πλ | 17 Jul 2004 »

The bond of all in the Universe…

Meditate often upon the bond of all in the Universe and their mutual relationship. For all things are in a way woven together.

— Marcus Aurelius

« πλ | 21 Oct 2006 »

The nonconformist hates…

If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist, it’s another nonconformist who doesn’t conform to the prevailing standard of nonconformity.

— Bill Vaughan

« πλ | 3 Nov 2006 »

The world was designed so…

The world was designed so people would need each other, not so you could be nice, but to give you the opportunity to escape the confines of your own self.

— The Lubavitcher Rebbe [via]

« πλ | 10 Nov 2005 »

We are created to communicate God to each other…

We are created to communicate God to each other, and while it’s dead easy to fail to do that, it’s also not that hard to succeed—since, after all, it’s by God’s grace that we succeed, which mostly requires us not actively hindering it. We can succeed even when neither we nor those we’re communicating with have any explicit idea God is involved. He’s sort of irrepressible that way.

— Tom Kreitzberg at Disputations

« πλ | 11 Dec 2003 »