“What I would say to anyone who is engaged in violence is that approach will not ultimately yield the greatest benefit for the community. It may temporarily accomplish an objective. If the philosophy of an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth was one we all embraced, most of us would be without […]
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About Ron Ribiat
Ron joined the RNS staff in 2012 as the editorial assistant, taking over story and press release distribution, comment moderation and other behind-the-scenes Web tasks. He's also a hero of the Columbia office, having successfully once captured and released a mouse that had taken up residence uninvited.
“What’s gone on here over the last few days is not what Missouri is about. It’s not what Ferguson is about. This is a place where people work, go to school, raise their families, go to church. But lately it’s looked a little bit more like a war zone and that’s unacceptable.” – Missouri Gov. Jay […]
“The increase in savagery is not the worst thing that can happen now or in the previous decade or those before it. Rather, the most abominable of the levels of savagery is [still] less than stability under the order of unbelief.” – Abu Bakr Naji, from his 2006 book, “The Management of Savagery,” as quoted in […]
“He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most — from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets.” – President Barack Obama speaking about comedian and actor Robin Williams who died Monday at age 63.
“The news coming from Iraq leaves us incredulous and appalled. All this seriously offends God and seriously offends humanity. You cannot bring hatred in the name of God. You cannot make war in the name of God!” – Pope Francis, speaking at St. Peter’s Square on Sunday (Aug. 10).
“We are to be ‘subject to kings, presidents, rulers and magistrates’ as they honor the Constitution. But if they don’t honor the Constitution, we don’t have no obligation to ’em. Only as they honor the principles of protecting liberty and freedom of individual rights do we honor them and their government. It don’t say we […]
“It’s about the whole idea of gratitude. It’s not a religious thing, it’s a spiritual thing.” – Mary Haglund, owner of Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, N.C., on her restaurant’s 15 percent discount for “praying in public.” She was quoted by Fox News.
“We can be easily misunderstood, to put it nicely, by both sides of the culture war. For those who have a more affirming position, it’s as if we’re repressed, self-hated homophobes, encouraging the church to stand in its position on sexuality. And conservative Christians think that those who shift on sexuality are being rebellious.” – Julie […]
“I was hungry. And you asked for my papers. I was thirsty. And you wanted to see my visa.’ Not what Jesus ever said.” – A church sign at College Avenue Presbyterian Church in Oakland, Calif.
“While I’m often alone with my divine spouse, I’m almost never lonely.” – Linda Ann Long, a retired cardiologist in Minneapolis and a consecrated virgin in the Roman Catholic Church, speaking at a panel in Philadelphia about her vocation. She was quoted by The Philadelphia Inquirer.