Generosity in quotes: Christopher Gehrz and Mark Pattie

“In a lonely society, to listen is to love. And in a polarized society, to listen is to offer a winsome witness. . . There are no guarantees as to what others will choose to do when we choose to listen, any more than there are when we choose to speak. But we can take […]

Generosity in quotes: Thomas Merton

“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection […]

Generosity in quotes: Henri J. M. Nouwen

“Indeed, if we raise funds for the creation of a community of love, we are helping build the kingdom. We are doing exactly what we are supposed to do as Christians. Paul is clear about this: ‘Make love your aim’ (I Corinthians 14:1, NJB).” Henri J. M. Nouwen, a Dutch Catholic priest, professor, writer, and theologian, […]

Whatever your “this” is today, give love a try

This month, the guide I use for daily scripture reading has me in the book of Exodus and this past week, in a lengthy section detailing the laws by which the ancient Israelites ordered their lives. It’s not been the most inspirational of reading, the eye-for-an-eye instructions especially. “I’m glad such times are behind us,” […]

Generosity in quotes: Glennon Melton

“Questions are like gifts — it’s the thought behind them that the receiver really FEELS. We have to know the receiver to give the right gift and to ask the right question. Generic gifts and questions are all right, but personal gifts and questions feel better. Love is specific, I think. It’s an art. The […]

Generosity in quotes: Nelson Mandela

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, because love comes more naturally to the human heart than the opposite.” Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013

Generosity in quotes

“Looking quietly at all the clutter that prevents us from seeing ourselves honestly, looking quietly at the ways in which the world we live in muffles the truth and so frustrates the search for justice and love – this isn’t a luxury.  This is how the truth makes us free.  Not free to do what we fancy […]