Mission-related Inspirational Quotes


  1. Review the sheet of Bible quotes
  2. Think about the mission of St. Jude's and your part in that and then pick the quote that most resonates with you
  3. Pray and meditate on that quote for 5-10 minutes
  4. Share with your group how your quote spoke to you and to mission discernment
  1. Specifically what does it mean St. Jude’s should be or do?

Bible Quotes


13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
-- Matthew 5:13-16 New International Version (NIV)


For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”
--Matthew 17:20


Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

--Matthew 22:37-40


37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
--Matthew 25:37-40 (New International Version (NIV))


9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,your will be done,
   on earth as it is in heaven.
--Matthew 6:9-10 (New International Version (NIV))


8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy    and to walk humbly
 with your God.
-- Micah 6:8 (New International Version (NIV)


17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
-- 1 John 3:17-18 (New International Version (NIV))


8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,    for the rights of all who are destitute.
9 Speak up and judge fairly;    defend the rights of the poor and needy.
-- Proverbs 31:8-9 (New International Version (NIV))


19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

-- Matthew 28:19-20


9 The generous will themselves be blessed,    for they share their food with the poor.
-- Proverbs 22:9, New International Version (NIV)


And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

-- Isaiah 6:8


And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

-- Matthew 28:18-20


The very steps we take come from God;  otherwise how would we know where we’re going?

--Proverbs 20:24 (The Message (MSG))


Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God

-- Matthew 5:9


2 Jesus called a small child over to him and set the little fellow down among them, 3 and said, “Unless you turn to God from your sins and become as little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. 4 Therefore anyone who humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. 5 And any of you who welcomes a little child like this because you are mine is welcoming me and caring for me. 6 But if any of you causes one of these little ones who trusts in me to lose his faith, it would be better for you to have a rock tied to your neck and be thrown into the sea.

-- Matthew 18:2-6 (Living Bible (TLB))


And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

-- Mark 16:15


21 Jesus felt genuine love for this man as he looked at him. “You lack only one thing,” he told him; “go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor—and you shall have treasure in heaven—and come, follow me.”

-- Mark 10:21


All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

-- 2 Timothy 3:16


14 Dear brothers, what’s the use of saying that you have faith and are Christians if you aren’t proving it by helping others? Will that kind of faith save anyone? 15 If you have a friend who is in need of food and clothing, 16 and you say to him, “Well, good-bye and God bless you; stay warm and eat hearty,” and then don’t give him clothes or food, what good does that do?

17 So you see, it isn’t enough just to have faith. You must also do good to prove that you have it. Faith that doesn’t show itself by good works is no faith at all—it is dead and useless.

18 But someone may well argue, “You say the way to God is by faith alone, plus nothing; well, I say that good works are important too, for without good works you can’t prove whether you have faith or not; but anyone can see that I have faith by the way I act.”

19 Are there still some among you who hold that “only believing” is enough? Believing in one God? Well, remember that the demons believe this too—so strongly that they tremble in terror! 20 Fool! When will you ever learn that “believing” is useless without doing what God wants you to? Faith that does not result in good deeds is not real faith.

-- James 2:14-20


61 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the suffering and afflicted. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted, to announce liberty to captives, and to open the eyes of the blind. 2 He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of God’s favor to them has come, and the day of his wrath to their enemies.

--Isaiah 61:1-2


2 Share each other’s troubles and problems, and so obey our Lord’s command.

-- Galatians 6:2

Faith-Based Quotes


  1. Review the sheet of Faith-based quotes
  2. Think about the mission of St. Jude's and your part in that and then pick the quote that most resonates with you
  3. Pray and meditate on that quote for 5-10 minutes
  4. Share with your group how your quote spoke to you and to mission discernment
  1. Specifically what does it mean St. Jude’s should be doing?


"I feed the poor not because they are worthy of help, but because they are hungry"

-- Tim Sullivan, 1905


Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person

-- Mother Teresa


The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

-- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.

-- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

-- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


“A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old. It is easy to love children. Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children. But the affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture.”

Abraham Joshua Heschel


Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty

-- Mother Teresa


What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.

-- Mother Teresa


“I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions.”

Dorothy Day


“What we would like to do is change the world--make it a little simpler for people to feed, clothe, and shelter themselves as God intended them to do. And, by fighting for better conditions, by crying out unceasingly for the rights of the workers, the poor, of the destitute--the rights of the worthy and the unworthy poor, in other words--we can, to a certain extent, change the world; we can work for the oasis, the little cell of joy and peace in a harried world. We can throw our pebble in the pond and be confident that its ever widening circle will reach around the world. We repeat, there is nothing we can do but love, and, dear God, please enlarge our hearts to love each other, to love our neighbor, to love our enemy as our friend.”

Dorothy Day


...morally speaking, there is no limit to the concern one must feel for the suffering of human beings, that indifference to evil is worse than evil itself, that in a free society, some are guilty, but all are responsible.”

Abraham Joshua Heschel


“Those who cannot see Christ in the poor are atheists indeed. ”

Dorothy Day


“The Gospel takes away our right forever, to discriminate between the deserving and the undeserving poor.”

Dorothy Day


“It is a sinful abomination for one part of the world's Christians to grow richer year by year while our brothers and sisters ache and suffer for lack of minimal health care, minimal education, and even—in some cases—enough food to escape starvation.”

Ronald J. Sider, Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: Moving from Affluence to Generosity


“Being a Christan is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously and actively doing God's will.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer


“Jesus himself did not try to convert the two thieves on the cross; he waited until one of them turned to him.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison


“We must talk about poverty, because people insulated by their own comfort lose sight of it.”

Dorothy Day


“We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer


“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer


“Acceptance is the universal currency of real friendship. . . .It does not warp or shape or wrench a person to be anything other than what they are.”

Joan D. Chittister


Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more; wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking. By walking one makes the road, and upon glancing behind one sees the path that never will be trod again. Wanderer, there is no road-- Only wakes upon the sea”.

-Antonio Machado


“You can't see the whole path ahead, but there is usually enough light to take the next step”....

-– Henri Nouwen, Discernment


To live is to take risks. It is absolutely central. Courage and risk are essential to aliveness. And aliveness is the thing that we all strive for and long for, yet sometimes barricade ourselves against out of fear …even as we are still longing for it. If we are not taking risks, it is for the same reason that people do take risks, namely, we want to be alive. We all want the same thing. I’m reminded of an elderly man who lives in a house with a steep wheelchair ramp leading down to the street. There is always a lot of traffic on his street and every morning my friend sees him going full speed down the ramp in his wheelchair. One day she asked him, “Isn’t this dangerous?” And he said with sparks in his eyes, laughing, “Yesss, it is!”

--Br. David Steindl-Rast


“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”

Nelson Mandela


"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children."

Nelson Mandela


"If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children."

― Mohandas Gandhi


“Prayer that doesn’t lead to concrete action toward our brothers is a fruitless and incomplete prayer, but at the same time, when ecclesial service only attends to work, not reserving time for dialogue with God in prayer, it risks serving itself rather than God who is present in the brother in need. Prayer and action must always be profoundly united. Prayer and action are essential, they should never be separated, but lived in profound unity and harmony. From contemplative prayer, from a strong friendship with the Lord, is born in us the capacity to live and carry forth the love of God, His mercy, and His tenderness toward others. Yet when we act in charity toward our neighbor out of love for Jesus, our service towards those in need brings us to God.”

-- Pope Francis


“From now in, in prayer or struggle, only one thing is disastrous, the loss of love. Without love, what is the good of believing, or even of giving your body to the flames? Do you see? Contemplation and struggle arise from the same source, Christ who is love. If you pray, it is out of love. If you struggle to restore dignity to the exploited, that too is for love. Will you agree to set out on this road? At the risk of losing your life for  love will you live Christ for others? “

-- Brother Roger, Taize


“We have made money our god and called it the good life. We have trained our children to go for jobs that bring the quickest corporate advancements at the highest financial levels. We have taught them careerism but not ministry and wonder why ministers are going out of fashion. We fear coddling the poor with food stamps while we call tax breaks for the rich business incentives. We make human community the responsibility of government institutions while homelessness, hunger, and drugs seep from the centers of our cities like poison from open sores for which we do not seek either the cause or the cure. We have created a bare and sterile world of strangers where exploitation is a necessary virtue. We have reduced life to the lowest of values so that the people who have much will not face the prospect of having less.


What’s worse, we have applauded it all—the militarism, the profiteering, and the sexisms—in the name of patriotism, capitalism, and even religion. We consider it a social problem, not a spiritual one. We think it has something to do with modern society and fail to imagine that it may be something wrong with the modern soul. We treat it as a state of mind rather than a state of heart. Clearly, there is something we are failing to see.”

Joan D. Chittister, Heart of Flesh: Feminist Spirituality for Women and Men

“So here we are moving toward the exit of the 20th-century with a religious community largely adjusted to the status quo, standing as a taillight behind other community agencies rather than a headlight leading men to higher levels of justice.”

-- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

“Was not Jesus an extremist in love…[and] Amos an extremist for justice… [and] Paul an extremist for the Gospel? … So the question is not whether we will be extremist but what kind of extremist we will be? Will we be extremists for hate or will we be extremists for love?”

-- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“The gospel at its best deals with the whole man, not only his soul but his body, not only his spiritual well-being, but his material well-being. Any religion that professes to be concerned about the souls of men and is not concerned about the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them and the social conditions that cripple them is a spiritually moribund religion awaiting burial.”

-- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.