THE CHRISTIAN QUOTATION OF THE DAY
Christ, our Light
Thursday, June 3, 2004
Feast of Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln, Teacher, 1910
Commemoration of Martyrs of Uganda, 1886 & 1978

Prayer and action, therefore, can never be seen as contradictory or mutually exclusive. Prayer without action grows in powerless pietism, and action without prayer degenerates into questionable manipulation. If prayer leads us into a deeper unity with the compassionate Christ, it will always give rise to concrete acts of service. And if concrete acts of service do indeed lead us to a deeper solidarity with the poor, the hungry, the sick, the dying, and the oppressed, they will always give rise to prayer. In prayer we meet Christ, and in him all human suffering. In service we meet people, and in them the suffering Christ.
... Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996), Compassion, London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 1982, Random House, 2005, p. 117-118 (see the book; see also 2 Cor. 1:3-4; Isaiah 40:11; Col. 1:24; 3:12; 1 Pet. 4:13; more at Action, Christ, Compassion, People, Poverty, Prayer, Service, Sickness, Suffer)

 
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