“Why was Christ’s first miracle to be the ultimate bartender? Jesus was interested in celebration. We separate being human from being spiritual all too easily in Nashville.”
“I’m not turning my back to the pain. I want to head straight into it. Let the chips fall where they may.”
– United Methodist Bishop Peggy Johnson, who was forced to file charges against a pastor for officiating at his son’s gay wedding, talking to the Philadelphia Inquirer about the lasting impact from the trial.
(RNS) “I know that ultimately, he’s the only judge that I have to answer to. He knows what happened. I know what happened. So I’d leave it up to him.”
– George Zimmerman, the Florida man who was acquitted of second-degree murder in the death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, telling CNN’s “New Day” that God is the only judge who matters.
“Today, many people are afraid of making definitive decisions that affect them for all their lives because it seems impossible. This mentality leads many who are preparing for marriage to say, ‘We will stay together as long as our love lasts.’ Just as God’s love is stable and lasts forever, we want the love on which a family is based to be stable and to last for ever.”
–Pope Francis speaking to thousands of couples in St. Peter’s Square during a special St. Valentine’s Day blessing.
“I quite frankly don’t know how you do these hard jobs without some faith. I don’t know. Other people can come to you and explain it to you. I have no idea. I don’t know how an oath becomes meaningful unless you have faith. Because at the end you say, ‘So help me God.’ And a promise to God is different from a promise to anyone else.”
As one of six Catholics on the court, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas addressed the role faith plays in his work as a justice. He spoke at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Tuesday.
“He banged his fist on his desk and told her she shouldn’t be telling him how to deliver his message. But the next day, he went up there and did precisely what she told him to do.”
– Michael Nason, who co-produced “Hour of Power” with Arvella Schuller, wife of Robert H. Schuller, for about 25 years, recalling how she once criticized her husband’s sermon. She died Tuesday (Feb. 11) at age 84. He was quoted by the Orange County Register.
“It provided me with a platform to deal with the two things that formed my lifetime: the bigotry which almost destroyed me, and the human love and compassion which saved me.”
– Abraham Foxman, Holocaust survivor, and national director of the Anti-Defamation League, speaking about the Jewish organization that he will retire from in 2015 after leading it for 27 years. He was quoted by The New York Times.
“Mother Teresa is a saint now, but you know, if the Congress wanted to make her a saint and attach that to the debt ceiling, we probably couldn’t get 218 Republican votes.”
–House Speaker John Boehner, commenting on reports that House Republicans have not bought into plans to link a deal on the debt ceiling to a demand that President Obama approve the Keystone XL pipeline project.
“To say that it all came about in 6,000 years is just nonsense and I think it’s time we come off of that stuff and say this isn’t possible. … Let’s be real, let’s not make a joke of ourselves.”
– Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson, criticizing Creation Museum director Ken Ham’s claim that the earth is only 6,000 years old, as many creationists believe.
“You can’t go through life being so unyielding; you got to forgive.”
– Philomena Lee, whose story is the basis for the Oscar-nominated film “Philomena,” on whether she’s angry with the Catholic Church, after meeting Pope Francis.