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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Christ has Hidden Himself from the Wise, the Rich & the Powerful

Jim Forest, in his biography of Dorothy Day, Love is the Measure, writes … “The Christian is called not to answer blow by blow, but rather to respond to violence with kindness. He [Jesus] stressed sacrifice. Don’t use what you don’t need. Practice ‘voluntary poverty.’ Have as little as possible. The coat hanging in your closet on a winter day belongs to someone who is freezing with out it; give it away. Do without. Do it for the love of others, especially the poor, for Christ has hidden himself among the hungry and the thirsty, the naked and homeless, the sick and the imprisoned. Seek to live on the level of love … Those who seek to obtain rewards [in this life] Jesus had taught in the Sermon on the Mount, ‘have their reward already.’

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