Jim Somerville: "Is that it? Is Christmas these days just a way to stave off the mild depression that settles in on most of us in winter? Is that why we put lights up everywhere, on the front of our houses and on our Christmas trees? Is it why we race from one party to another
during the month of December...?"
Ellie Somerville McNevin: "A few weeks ago I sat down with my family and said, 'Let’s be honest: we have everything we need and almost everything we want. So what if, this Christmas, we gave to people who don't have what they need?'..."
Jim Somerville: "We have presidents in this country. Their job is to govern to the best of their ability for the few years they are in office and then we will elect someone else to take their place. So, let's not get confused about who's really in charge, or where our true loyalty lies..."
Jim Somerville: "When you are alone with God in prayer you can tell him whatever is on your mind, whatever is in your heart. God knows anyway, right? It doesn't hurt to say it out loud. In fact, it helps: to open that door and let it all out in a flood..."
Jim Somerville: "The story of Ruth takes place in the time of the Judges, when 'there was no king in Israel, and every man did what was right in his own eyes.' But there was a man in Bethlehem, Elimelech, whose name means 'God is my king,' and he wanted to do what was right in God's eyes: he wanted to take care of his family..."
Emerson Shelton: "A saint reminds us that the Church is called to be holy. They show the holiness of God by living the life of Christ. Through their daily life, they show others the Christian walk. They are recognized as having an exceptional degree of holiness or closeness to God. They are ordinary, salt of the earth Christians, serving and loving God through the local church. There are saints among us today..."
Jim Somerville: "We do have a concept of heaven, and one of the easiest answers to the problem of suffering in this world is to say, 'Well, in the next world things will be better.' But where did we get such an idea? If Job didn’t have it, why do we...?"
Josie Carver: "In our story, blindness is a physical condition. But what of all the many familiar, metaphorical phrases that refer to vision? 'Seeing is believing.' 'A lens for the world' or 'point of view'. 'Even a blind pig finds an acorn occasionally' and 'a deaf husband and a blind wife are always a happy couple'..."
Jim Somerville: "Sometimes there is a connection between what we do and what happens to us. It's why your mother told you not to play with matches, not to run with scissors. Sometimes bad things do happen for a reason. But often they do not..."
Jim Somerville: "Some people get good hands and others don't. Here's what's in my hand: I was born white, male, and American, and in this world those cards are highly valued. When I compare my hand with the hand of a poor, black, uneducated woman from Somalia, I see how unfair life can be. It's not fair for her mostly because we live in a world where the majority of people seem to believe that light skin is preferable to dark skin, that the strength and swagger of men is to be rewarded over...
Jim Somerville: "The truth is we don't know why bad things happen to good people, and the suggestions we offer usually aren't very helpful, but to sit with someone who is suffering—to simply sit and share in that person's pain—is often the best thing any of us can do..."