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Wednesday of Hope – Hopefulness Is Not Romantic

The United Nations was established in Hope

To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction./ And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.

– Howard Zinn

Wednesday of Hope – Staring Despair in the Face

Faith is crumpling and throwing away everything, proposition by proposition, until nothing is left, and then writing a new proposition, your very own, to throw in the teeth of despair.

– Mary Jean Irion, Yes, World: A Mosaic of Meditation

Where Do We Find the Presence of God?

There is nothing besides the presence of God. Being itself is derived from God and the presence of the Creator remains in each created thing.

– Menachem Nahum of Chernobyl

And when we look down the street from Battery at sunset, we can vividly sense God’s presence amidst the buildings of New York City.