It is a Privilege to Serve Mankind (From “Vedanta and Privilege” Delivered in London, 1896)

Photo of Swami Vivekananda at Jaipur ( between...
Photo of Swami Vivekananda at Jaipur ( between 1885 - 1895 ) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is a Privilege to Serve Mankind

From “Vedanta and Privilege” by Swami Vivekananda, quoted from “VIVEKANANDA, WORLD TEACHER: His Teachings on the Spiritual Unity of Humankind”, Edited and with an Introduction by Swami Adiswarananda. Continue reading “It is a Privilege to Serve Mankind (From “Vedanta and Privilege” Delivered in London, 1896)”


What Happened to Our Virtues, America?

Lying. How often does this occur in our society? How many lies do you tell a day? How many lies do you hear? How many times are you told something, when you know for a fact that they know that it is a lie … by your parents, your boss, your superiors, the government, television, society?  We know in our gut things are not right. We know that there is money being pilfered, stolen and misdirected, and many times we know that our lives have less truth than we would like them to have. It’s affecting our society, our laws, our religion and our principles. How many mistruths do you sell? And at what Cost?

Is this the corner we’ve painted ourselves into – where computers are assumed to tell the truth, and yet humans lie – all the time. Where corruption is done on every local level, and no-one speaks out for truth, liberty or justice for all. What kind of America am I living in right now?  What happened to our virtues?

Ben Woodward

At the end of the day what does the city, really, gives us back? Why do we continue to fight for it? There are no more opportunities; the dream has been sold out. And now what? Well, stop looking for something that doesn’t exist and start giving value to what’s being done now. Instead of asking for one more chance we have to be the ones that actually give that chance. We have to allow ourselves to listen to what the others have to say. It can be a comic book, an exhibition or a mural. It’s time to stop and make time to see what’s on the other side of the mirror. In the big cities each day is a brand new day full of surprises, full of endless opportunities. At the end of the day it’s on us to make that choice.

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Without Love

If love is the soul of Christian existence, it must be at the heart of every other Christian virtue. Thus, for example, justice without love is legalism; faith without love is ideology; hope without love is self-centeredness; forgiveness without love is self-abasement; fortitude without love is recklessness; generosity without love is extravagance; care without love is mere duty; fidelity without love is servitude. Every virtue is an expression of love. No virtue is really a virtue unless it is permeated, or informed, by love. — Fr. Richard P. McBrien

1 Corinthians 13:1-8

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.

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