The heart of justice is truth telling, seeing ourselves and the world the way it is rather than the way we want it to be. More than ever before we, as a society, need to renew a commitment to truth telling.
Faith is a commitment to live as if certain things are true, and thereby help to make them so. Faith is a commitment to live as if life is a wondrous mystery, as if life is good, as if love is divine, as if we are responsible for the well-being of those around us.
~Rev. Galen Guengrich
We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.
~François VI de la Rochefoucault
The one who promises everything is sure to fulfill nothing.
Those that are most slow in making a promise are the most faithful in the performance of it.
~Jean Jacques Rousseau
We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
~Bishop Desmond Tutu
Smoking dope and hanging up Che’s picture is no more a commitment than drinking milk and collecting postage stamps. A revolution in consciousness is an empty high without a revolution in the distribution of power.
You are not required to finish your work, yet neither are you permitted to desist from it.
I am doing something I learned early to do, I am
paying attention to small beauties,
whatever I have–as if it were our duty to
find things to love, to bind ourselves to this world.
Most of life is choosing what you already chose, just as all writing is rewriting and all commitment-making is recommitment. Our lives are stories of recommitment.
(Curated and adapted for KUF from the 2021 Soul Matters materials for the theme ‘COMMITMENT’ by Rev. Beckett Coppola.)