Family isn't about whose blood you have. It's about who you care about.
You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.
A person is a person through other persons; you can't be human in isolation; you are human only in relationships.
Out of the cacophony of random suffering and chaos that can mark human life, the life artist sees or creates a symphony of meaning and order. A life of wholeness does not depend on what we experience. Wholeness depends on how we experience our lives.
We must be ready to learn from one another, not claiming that we alone possess all truth and that somehow we have a corner on God.
There is nothing more difficult than waking someone who is only pretending to be asleep.
It is through weakness and vulnerability that most of us learn empathy and compassion and discover our soul.
We are made for loving. If we don't love, we will be like plants without water.
Dear Child of God, I am sorry to say that suffering is not optional.
A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.
Religion is like a knife: you can either use it to cut bread, or stick in someone's back.
Language is very powerful. Language does not just describe reality. Language creates the reality it describes.
Like when you sit in front of a fire in winter - you are just there in front of the fire. You don't have to be smart or anything. The fire warms you.
In the end what matters is not how good we are but how good God is. Not how much we love Him but how much He loves us. And God loves us whoever we are, whatever we've done or failed to do, whatever we believe or can't.
When we see others as the enemy, we risk becoming what we hate. When we oppress others, we end up oppressing ourselves. All of our humanity is dependent upon recognizing the humanity in others.
We learn from history that we don't learn from history!
When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said "Let us pray." We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.
Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate. We are different precisely in order to realize our need of one another.
We may be surprised at the people we find in heaven. God has a soft spot for sinners. His standards are quite low.
My father always used to say, "Don't raise your voice. Improve your argument." Good sense does not always lie with the loudest shouters, nor can we say that a large, unruly crowd is always the best arbiter of what is right.
Don't raise your voice, improve your argument.
Forgiving is not forgetting; its actually remembering- remembering and not using your right to hit back. Its a second chance for a new beginning. And the remembering part is particularly important. Especially if you dont want to repeat what happened.
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.