Monday, July 23, 2018

The vocation of great leaders (Pope Francis)

   God calls, and that’s what we see in the vocation of the great leaders.  In our tradition, a mission always starts with a calling.

   During the formation process, one must purify the right intention, because nobody, not even those who discover themselves called, responds with complete integrity; the response is a mixture because we are all sinners.

   [H]e that wants to be a leader of the people of God has to give God His space; therefore to shrink, to recede into oneself with doubt, with the interior experience of darkness, of not knowing what to do, all of that ultimately is very purifying.

--Pope Francis, On Heaven and Earth, passim

Image source:  Henry Ossawa Tanner, The Good Shepherd,

Sunday, July 22, 2018

The kind of person I'm going to be (Jimmy Carter)

   Every one of us has our own free decision to answer the question This is the kind of person I’m going to be.  It’s not a decision that your parents can make for you, or your wife can make for you, or your husband or your friends.  Everybody in here has the right to decide This is the kind of person I’m going to be.  And if you haven’t been the kind of person that you are proud of so far, you’re free from now on, the rest of your life, to correct your mistakes.  

--Former President Jimmy Carter

Image source:  Former President Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Carter working on a Habitat for Humanity site,

Saturday, July 21, 2018

The sad duty of politics (Reinhold Neibuhr)

   The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world.  

--Reinhold Neibuhr